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Abbey Road console used by Pink Floyd sells for £1.4m

The Abbey Road Studios console which Pink Floyd used to record 'The Dark Side of the Moon' on has been sold for a record-breaking £1.4 million.

Pink Floyd's Nick Mason beside the famous console

Roger Waters, Dave Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright used the famous London studio for the 1973 album which stayed in the US charts for more than 14 years.

Pink Floyd's Nick Mason

And the 'EMI TG12345 MK IV', described as "the greatest console ever constructed, was at the heart of the seminal ten-track album".

The 1971 console was housed in Studio 2 where it was also used by a number of other world renowned artists including Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Kate Bush.

It was deemed out of date in 1983 and sold to Mike Hedges, a producer at Abbey Road, who used it in his own personal recording studio.

Mr Hedges entered the console into Bonhams' 'Rock and Roll Through the Lens' auction in New York where it was sold for a staggering £1,434,231.

The world record price of this important item of music engineering only confirms the military precision of EMI craftsmanship and the powerhouse persona of Abbey Road Studio.

The intense bidding seen in the room and on the phone speaks to its association with one of the UK's most relevant and successful bands, Pink Floyd, and highlights the fact that this is far from being any ordinary console.

– Katherine Schofield, head of entertainment memorabilia UK at Bonhams

Prior to the sale, Bonhams were tight-lipped on the console's estimate, only saying they expected it to sell for a significant six-figure sum.

They have now revealed the estimate was £550,000 - with the final price a world record for a piece of technology sold at auction, beating the £718,000 paid for the Apple 1 computer in 2014.