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Concerto’99 memorabilia auction

In 1999 Deep Purple restaged Jon Lord’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra for the first time in 30 years. This then formed the basis of tours in South America, Europe and Japan in 2000 and 2001. Singer Ronnie James Dio was the band’s special guest at these shows.

In 2001, conductor Paul Mann donated to The Highway Star several items from his personal collection to be used as prizes. For a variety of reasons, ranging from technical to getting the main item signed by the band, the intended competition did not happen.

The items have been carefully stored for the last decade and now, with Paul’s agreement, it has been decided to auction them off in three lots.

All proceeds will go directly to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

These are being auctioned on eBay under the name purpleconcerto and payment will have to be made via PayPal. The auction will run from Saturday 6th August to Saturday 13th August 2011.

Signed Concerto’99 posterLot 1: Original poster for the two Albert Hall gigs. The poster is 96 x 146 cm (38 by 57 inches) and in very good condition –- there are some minor creases caused by rolling/unrolling the poster to get it signed. It has been signed in black marker by Paul Mann, Ian Gillan, Roger Glover, Steve Morse, Jon Lord, Ian Paice and Don Airey (autographs were obtained during the re-scheduled 2002 UK tour which featured both Jon and Don on keyboards). The poster will be posted rolled in a rigid tube.

Concerto’99 set list and plectrumLot 2: Set list and plectrum. The set list, now slightly creased having been used on the night, is signed in pen by Paul Mann. The plectrum is one of the special dated ones made up for Roger Glover – one side says Deep Purple with a facsimile signature, the other ‘Royal Albert Hall Sept. 25-26, 1999’.

Concerto’99 signed programmeLot 3: Programme from Albert Hall shows – in very good condition and signed by Paul Mann on his article on ‘Restoring the Concerto’

These will be posted worldwide (from the UK) so bid with confidence and bid high!

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