Pink Floyd recording console fetches £1.8M

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 29 March 2017
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Pink Floyd's recording console used to make 'The Dark Side of the Moon' has fetched over a million pounds at auction

Pink Floyd's 'The Dark Side of the Moon' console has sold for $1.8 million.

The legendary rock group's device which they used on their 1973 record - which spawned the hits 'Money' and 'Eclipse' - was expected to make $700,000 at auction in New York, but it more than doubled its asking price.

According to Rolling Stone, the EMI TG12345 MK IV model was up for sale at Bonhams' Rock And Roll Through The Lens sale in the Big Apple and was bought by an anonymous buyer.

Not only was it used for the 'Comfortably Numb' hitmakers' record, but music icons such as The Beatles, Kate Bush and The Cure used the equipment, which was kept at Abbey Road Studios in London from 1972 to 1983.

It comes following the news that the group are to release the never-before-heard full-length version of 'Interstellar Overdrive'.

They recorded the instrumental track - which is 14 minutes and 57 seconds long - back in 1966 and whilst a shorter version was released on their debut album 'The Piper at the Gates of Dawn', this will be the first time the band have released this version.

To celebrate Record Store Day 2017 on Saturday, April 15, the band will release the one-sided 12" 180-gram black vinyl, which will play at 33 1/3 RPM. The vinyl will also come with a fold-out poster and an A6 postcard of a picture of the band taken whilst they were working on their debut single 'Arnold Layne'.

'Interstellar Overdrive' was written and recorded by Syd Barrett, Roger Waters, Richard Wright and Nick Mason at the Thomson studio in Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire on 31 November 1966.

Fans will also have a chance to purchase the vinyl from the Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains Exhibition at London's Victoria & Albert Museum from May 13 for a limited time.

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