A completely weird story. Another eBay find.
Listed as Mick Jagger’s pants, given to Gram Parsons as a gift.
Like who would want these besides me?
So I bookmark the page, watched and waited.
When stuff like this shows up on eBay and it often does, it usually doesn’t sell.
It’s easy to assume they’re fake with no reasonable back up or provenance.
Opening bid was $2000. Not cheap if you don’t know.
I emailed my friend Jeff Gold of Recordmecca in Venice, CA, and asked him what he thought, and was this listing legit.
They were described as pants belonging to Mick, then given to Gram Parsons as a gift.
He contacted the seller after the auction and found out the original owner these were being sold for was none other than John Nuese, Parsons’ former International Submarine band mate and longtime friend.
They were his and Parsons had given them to him personally.
A deal was struck.
I got the pants.
Jeff got 2 Gram’s stage worn cowboy shirts and a pair of boots.
A hand written letter came from Nuese verifying the authenticity of the pants, the date they were given to him, and that not only did they belong to Mick and was worn by him, Keith also wore the pants.
The letter says “used by Mick and Keith.”
Most of the photos I’ve found from this period are black and white. That doesn’t help a shit load.
From what I could find, it does appear that velvet pants were a staple in “Rocks Stars” wardrobes back in the early 70’s when these date from.
Check out these photos.
They are now framed and hang in my office.