Property auction: the home comforts of Jo and Ronnie Wood
If you’ve ever pictured yourself living the rock-and-roll lifestyle in an opulently-decorated mansion, ideally with a Rolls Royce parked in the swimming pool, then it’s time to stop dreaming and start buying.
Jo and Ronnie Wood, who split in 2008 after he walked out to be with Russian exotic club waitress Ekaterina Ivanova, are set to sell almost every item their 23 year marriage accumulated via an auction in Los Angeles later this month.
Several thousand items including their retro (as well as more antique) furniture, paintings, statues and myriad other rock star baubles including dozens of rare memorabilia, are to be sold in 668 lots on October 27th by US gavel basher Julien’s Auctions.
The catalogue makes for a fascinating read both visually and – because Jo has added comments to some lots – literally.
All the items once adorned their former marital home – Holmwood, on Kingston Hill on the fringes of London’s Richmond Park – a gothic-style seven bedroom house with separate lodge which Jo sold for £11.2 million in 2011 (pictured, above).
Their tastes, to put it mildly, are varied. The auction includes paintings and prints from 1920s car posters to old masters; furniture from a red leather throne chair to a harp; rock memorabilia such as Ronnie’s old credit and AA membership cards. But the more predictable but nevertheless personal items are also there including pictures of the guitarist with various celebrity chums including Demi Moore, Sean Penn and Rod Stewart as well as Ronnie’s silk shirt and guitar collections.
There are also some fairly fruity paintings by Ronnie of his estranged wife, but one of the most revealing is Lot 217, a tavern scene by painter David Teniers (1610-1690) which is pictured (above) with half the canvass obscured by a white fog. A note at the bottom by Jo Wood explains why: “Ronnie accidentally left this painting in the sauna”, which is arguably more refined than throwing TVs out the window.