A decade after his death, Brad Delp’s family is auctioning some of the Boston singer’s most personal and prized possessions.
Boston-based RR Auction is working with Delp’s ex-wife Micki and the couple’s two children, John-Michael and Jennifer, to sell items including the platinum medallion that was given to the five original members of Boston after their self-titled debut album went platinum, Delp’s concert grand piano, a Paul Reed Smith Custom 22 electric guitar; 44 rolls of super 8 video of Boston’s 1979 tour of Japan, Delp’s glittery platform shoes, the singer’s Danvers High School yearbook, and 70 records from Delp‘s eclectic collection of vinyl.
“I hope that all these items end up in the hands of people who appreciate them, and preserve the legacy of Brad’s kindness and humor,” Micki Delp said in a statement. “He was always kind and generous. He really was unaffected by the fame and fortune that fell in his lap. It shows in all these wonderful things.”
Delp committed suicide on March 9, 2007 at his home in Atkinson, N.H. He was 55. Delp joined guitarist Tom Scholz’s band Boston in 1970. The debut LP, released in August 1976, still ranks as one of the best-selling first albums in US history, with more than 17 million copies sold.
RR Auction’s sale of the Delp artifacts and ephemera begins Dec. 7 and ends a week later. More details can be found at www.rrauction.com.