So you buy an autographed Rolling Stones album from one of the most reputable dealers in the country, Jeff Gold of Recordmecca.
He gives you his lifetime letter of guarantee plus a letter from the original owner of the album the former Exec. VP of Rolling Stones records Art Collins, a close personal friend of his.
The album was signed personally by the band and Andy Warhol for Art at the Rolling Stones private party at Trax nightclub in NYC, which he attended to celebrate their release of “Love you Live” in 1977.
Andy Warhol who was a guest of the Stones, designed the artwork for the cover as well as all the promotional materials.
Not too shabby heh?
You really don’t need much more documentation to prove this is the real deal now do you?
But then again, I’m always looking for more.
Just for yucks, since this was a well photographed and documented event, I went digging online to see if I could find any more pics.
I would regularly search on ebay and online under Warhol/Jagger Love You Live, etc.
One day during another random search something came up.
At first, I thought look cool a photo of Mick and Andy and Mick’s holding the album.
Hey, it looks like it’s a signed album.
And it looks like it’s signed where my album is signed.
Wait, isn’t that Art Collins behind them with his hand on his vest?
Holy crap the signatures match!
That’s my album!!!
I actually found THE photo of Mick and Andy holding MY album with Art Collins standing in the background waiting for Mick to give the album back to him after he was photographed holding it.
What are the odds?
The dealer I bought the album from to this day can’t believe it.
And when I think about it, neither can I.
The good news, it’s out there.
All the information you need.
Pages and pages of reference.
Hundreds of thousands of photos.
It just takes time and a willingness to dig, just a little deeper.
And a little luck.