Thursday, October 27, 2005

Beach Boys and Cooper Owen Dispute

You may know how much I love legal disputes involving rock stars. You also may know how much I love the auctioning of rock-star memorabilia. Well, the Beach Boys have given me the best of both worlds. The story from

The Beach Boys are involved in a row with a UK auction house who they have accused of selling memorabilia allegedly stolen from the band. The band say they intend to launch a civil action against Cooper Owen, which is handling the sale of the 28 lots.

They say US police are already investigating the alleged thefts, also intend to sue the person who put the items up for sale and anyone who buys them. The group's label Brother Records Inc said in a statement: "The FBI and Interpol may also become involved in the investigation."

... Auctioneers Cooper Owen said in a statement issued to NME: "The Beach Boys items were purchased more than 20 years ago. (The seller) is claiming full title to the items which he has put up for sale in a public auction. "He is also threatening to sue The Beach Boys' management for any damages that they have done to his reputation by making these last minute claims.

...The sale, due to take place today (October 27), includes...the original arrangement sheets for 'Good Vibrations' and 'God Only Knows'. Collectors are being offered Wilson and co-writer Mike Love's contract for the 1969 Number One hit 'Do It Again' and personal photographs of the band with late Beatle George Harrison. Other items up for sale include original test pressings for their best known hits including 'Fun, Fun, Fun' and 'I Get Around', reports the BBC.
Now I could see why the FBI might get involved in a case like this, but why Interpol? I mean they're a pretty good band and all, but I think that the Police could have handled this by themselves.

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