As some readers have discovered to their ire, LJC has a strict policy of not getting involved in the buying and selling of records. I am committed to research and education, everything on this site is strictly non-commercial. However there are occasions when something compelling and of interest to the whole jazz community comes along, and the rules need to be set aside, if only briefly.
There is a remarkable jazz collection, which has caused my jaw to drop several times over, coming under the auction hammer, in France. A huge collection unaffordable due to its sheer size and depth,has been parcelled up with expertise of a French auction site, into over 500 bite-size lots. Savoir-faire
I have never bought anything at an auction, I am not recommending this auction, but I spent some considerable time leafing through the lots, and I expect many of you would find considerable interest in surveying the lifetime spoils of an avid collector of impeccable taste. In the traffic-accident business I believe this it is called “rubber-necking” .
Among the spoils are autographed to die for individual items, and lots of scarce Blue Note/ Impulse/ You Name It, along with a local Gallic-bent which may or may not float your boat, but the US heritage is strong.
I have no dog in this fight, but I thought the wider community of jazz lovers world-wide might find some pleasure in rolling over for a tummy-tickle. The promotional invitation is reproduced below, in good faith. without any warranty.
A sample of one of the lots
Illustrated catalog here , and links below.
This remarkable selection has been collected with patience and passion for 30 years by a discreet but no less great lover of music which will be held by Ferri & Associés, 24th of November, at the Drouot-Richelieu, Paris, at 11 am in auction-room 13.
As a true anthology of jazz music, the collection composed of extremely rare vinyls, such as the Africa vinyl John Coltrane and his group, dating from 1961, autographed by John Coltrane but also by McCoy Tyner and Elvin Jones, a vinyl Sam Suffy from Marc Moulin or the famous Sahib jazz Party by Sahib Shihab Fontana and many more.
Prestigious labels as Impulse, Blue Note, Prestige, New Jazz, Riverside, Verve and Capital, and various vinyls published by independent labels, also very important as African-American jazzmen as Chet Baker, Sydney Bechett, Sonny Clark, John Coltrane, Kenny Dorham, Miles Davis, Freddie Hubbard, Joe Henderson, Lee Morgan, Horace Silver or Georges Arvanitas…
All types of jazz are represented, from Classical to Jazz Free, through gypsy jazz, the ethno jazz, vocal jazz or Nordic, are sure to delight connoisseurs, enthusiasts and music lovers.
This collection represents 522 lots that you can find in our online catalog, described by Mr. Arnaud BOUBET expert , record store owner and Paris Jazz Corner Jazz Corner Café, with whom Ferri & Associés inaugurated the Drouot auction of jazz with the sale of the exceptional collection of the actor Pierre Mondy March 22, 2013.
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UPDATE December 15, 2015 – promised auction results available
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Sample of results: