Rare signed white label pressings from a collection of The Cure albums are going to be auctioned.
The LPs, which will go under the hammer in Manchester on June 7 in aid of the BRIT Trust charity, include the band’s albums ‘Disintegration’, ‘Pornography’, ‘Seventeen Seconds’, ‘Head On The Door’ and ‘Acoustic hits”. . You can see images of frontman Robert Smith’s signed copies below.
White-label signed pressings of Ronnie James Dio’s “Holy Diver” album, Orchestral Maneuvers In The Dark’s self-titled album, and the magazine’s “Souvenir” and “Correct Use Of Soap” are also sold through Omega Auctions.
The White Label auction – first held in October 2019 – will also see other rare test pressings from Coldplay, Biffy Clyro, Foals, Charli XCX, Iron Maiden, The Who and many more go under the hammer.
Dan Hampson, Auctions Director of Omega Auctions, said: “We have seen a steady increase in the prices paid for vinyl and music memorabilia over the past few years which show no signs of slowing down, so this sale comes at an ideal time for us.
“The fact that items are direct from the label, the scarcity of white labels and also that many records are signed means that we have seen fantastic prices achieved in 2019 and 2021 and we certainly expect to see the total raised for charity will be a record this year.
Johnny Chandler, who conceived the concept of the white-label auction, added: “Interest in the auction has increased significantly over the past two successful editions, and this year we have even more prints rare trial runs to tempt bidders, including first-time 7” singles, which we hope will help us set a new record for the amount we raise to benefit The BRIT Trust.
“A big thank you to all the artists and artist management teams, record labels and colleagues who dug deep again this year and donated so generously collectible recordings from all eras and all kinds of music.”
Smith recently gave NME the lowdown on The Cure’s long-awaited new album plans at the BandLab NME Awards.
“So I worked on two Cure albums, and one of them is finished,” Smith said. after winning Best Song in the UK for her collaboration with Chvrches “How Not To Drown”. “Unfortunately, it is the second that is finished. [On the other] I have to do four voices, and there are 10 songs on each album. We are mixing next month on April 1st, so I have three weeks left.
When asked about the sound of the upcoming albums, Smith revealed, “Well, Cure’s debut album is an unrelenting disaster. It’s the most disastrous thing we’ve ever done. The second is optimistic, and my [solo] we won’t be out until next year.