Peter Hook has announced he’s selling off hundreds of items from his personal memorabilia collection including guitars, records, and the infamous Factory Records boardroom table.
The Joy Division and New Order bassist is putting his collectibles up for auction next month, with a portion of the proceeds going to charity. CALM (Campaign Against Living Miserably), the Epilepsy Society, and The Christie will receive some of the money from the sales.
Fans will have the chance to get their hands on the boardroom table that was in the attic of Factory Records’ offices and was broken by Happy Mondays. Hook saved the table after the label folded.
Other items in the auction include the musician’s first guitar, a Gibson EB-0 replica, and gig tickets from shows by Roxy Music, Led Zeppelin, Iggy Pop, and David Bowie, as well as from the legendary Sex Pistols show at Manchester’s Lower Free Trade Hall.
Hand-written and signed Joy Division lyric sheets, props from the film 24 Hour Party People, fanzines, merchandise, and much more will also be going under the hammer.
Speaking to the Manchester Evening News, Hook said: “I have done my time as curator of all this stuff and now it’s time for other people to be able to see it and enjoy it.
“I have always felt so proud of what we achieved and I wanted to document it. That’s been the driving force behind collecting all this stuff. It sounds corny but what I’m doing now is sharing the joy. It’s about everybody being able to have a piece of all this history.”
He added that most of the items in the auction have never been seen before. The auction will take place at the Radisson on Manchester’s Peter Street at 1pm on March 2. You can view the auction lots online here.
Meanwhile, last year saw the release of a new documentary about New Order called Decades. Asked if he had watched it, Hook told NME: “No I didn’t, I’m not a big fan of fiction, me. Sadly, with New Order, everyone always used to complain about the amount of synths we used, so I thought the thing at the top of most people’s list would be to hear New Order without all that crap!”