Rock memorabilia auction yields big numbers of Beatles collectibles

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A robe that belonged to the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham sold for a hammer price of $20,500 at a Mad Picker collectibles auction in Aldergrove on Tuesday.

With the 36 percent commission added, the red robe embroidered with Bonham’s nickname, Bonzo, sold for $23,780.

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Auctioneer Wayne Learie said three determined bidders drove the price of the robe into the stratosphere. Two were Americans (one from Vancouver Island) and the winning bid came from Texas.

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The robe was the most prized possession of the late Lance Stadnyk, a guitar technician who used to work for Bryan Adams. Stadnyk was your Vancouver source for a rare guitar or microphone.

“The preview (of the auction) was incredible,” Learie said. “There were a lot of musicians that came here and knew Lance and they loved him.”

Stadnyk was a die-hard Beatles fan who had a huge collection in what was called the Beatles room of his New Westminster home.

Word spread among Beatles fans about the auction and many items generated spirited bidding and high prices, such as a 1964 Beatles record player that sold for $3,700.

Learie was working hard for his money, with multiple offers for almost everything Beatles.

“A Ludwig drum head (like the one Ringo Starr had) sold for $1,200, which we thought was a lot of money,” Learie said.

“There was a Beatle bag as a girl that you put your hat in or something like that, which cost $1,100. There was a package of Beatles dolls that sold for $500 or $600.

“People fought for many of the little ones. One thing that was shocking was a three-inch tall alarm clock with chimes on top. You’d think it was worth $30, but it cost $700. And a (Beatles) lunch kit cost $600.”

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The auction will last two days and you can check it out on the Mad Picker website and

Stadnyk also had a collection of vintage cars that attracted significant bids on Tuesday.

“All the cars were sold,” Learie said.

“The 1959 Cadillac sold for $35,600, the 1957 Lincoln sold for $17,000, and the other 1952 Cadillac, as is, sold for $8,000. So another $60,000 worth of cars.”

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Wayne Learie with John Bonham’s robe, on which the Led Zeppelin drummer’s nickname “Bonzo” is embroidered. The piece belonged to the late Lance Stadnyk. sun
Mad Picker’s Wayne Learie with the Beatles record player that sold for a hammer price of $3,700 on Tuesday. Photo by Jason Payne /PNG
Beatles dolls with Beatles hairspray from the Lance Stadnyk collection.

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