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A 'time capsule' of Tears for Fears kit to go under the hammer

Auctioneer Luke Hobbs with some of the Tears for Fears items on sale. Photo: Gardiner Houlgate

£40,000 worth of Tears for Fears instruments, clothing and kit are going up for auction in the coming months.

Over 30 flight cases belonging to the Bath band during the 1996 tour will go on sale at specialist auctioneers Gardiner Houlgate in Corsham this December.

The haul comes from the home of Tears for Fears’ frontman Roland Orzabal.

Items on sale includes a Linn drum machine – part of the band's signature sound, a Yamaha DX1 synthesizer; guitar amplifiers, pedal boards, VIP tour passes and Roland Orzabal’s Electro-Voice microphone.

The auctioneering team are still going through the belongings to catalogue the full list for sale.

We’ve never sold anything like this before. It’s like a time capsule of a rock band’s tour from over 20 years ago.

It appears that once they completed their gigs back in 1996, all the equipment was put into storage – until now. We think this will attract the attention of Tears for Fears fans, collectors and professional equipment dealers from around the world.

In terms of price, it’s very hard to estimate but there could easily be £30,000–£40,000 worth of equipment here – and that’s without factoring in ‘fan value’.

– Luke Hobbs, Gardiner Houlgate auctioneer
Credit: Gardiner Houlgate

Tears for Fears formed in Bath in 1981 and achieved international success in the 1980s.

The band cancelled their UK arena tour earlier this year after ‘unforeseen health concerns’ and it has been rescheduled for early 2019.

The auction will take place at in Corsham over the 12/13 December.