A remarkable archive of Beach Boys-related memorabilia from the '60s and '70s will be auctioned next month by Fame Bureau in London. Britain's Independent reports that the items, recovered from a Florida storage facility, range from manuscripts on which songs were written, to photos, letters and contracts. The highlights include the songwriting agreement signed by Brian Wilson and Mike Love for "Do It Again" and the band's copy of the Library of Congress copyright certificate for "Good Vibrations."
Ted Owen, whose company is holding the auction, calls the archive "probably one of the great rescue stories in contemporary music history. This written record of the Beach Boys' creativity represents the largest and most valuable collection of its kind ever to reach an auction room."
The collection, valued at $10-million, will be previewed in New York April 15th.