Rumor has it Mick Fleetwood‘s set of hanging wooden balls can now be yours — for a pretty penny.
Fleetwood famously stands like a swashbuckler on the album cover with the set dangling from his waist, as he hoists one leg onto an ottoman and holds hands with a cloaked Stevie Nicks.
The sale is part of a bigger auction called 弗利特伍德麦克: Property from the Lives and Careers of Christine McVie, John McVie and Mick Fleetwood that’s to take place through Julien’s Auctions starting Dec. 3.
There are already bids for $40,000 for the set, which hang on a black leather cord and come in a small pouch that reads “Open Sesame.” The winning bidder will also receive a signed print that reads, “Born with them!! Leave with them!! Always love Mick Fleetwood,” along with a small doodle.
Fleetwood opened up about the origins of the balls in a 2009 采访 Maui Times, and revealed that the original pair were “lavatory chains” he stole from a toilet while drunk.
“I came out—and I must admit I had a couple of glasses of English ale—and came out of the toilet with these, I ripped them off the—you know, I was very destructive—I ripped them off the toilet and had them hanging down between my legs,” 他说.
Though that pair was later lost at a gig, he had a replacement pair made by a carpenter, and explained why he donned them on the cover of Rumours.
“In truth, I started off as a blues player. The whole ethic of a lot of blues music is slightly suggestive, might I say,” 他说. “And suitably, I walked out on stage with these two lavatory chains with these wooden balls hanging down, and after that it just stuck.”
他加了: “原本的, original ones I do not have — but the ones that I have are very, very old. I won’t say they’re as old as me. But—it starts getting into X-rated commentary here— my balls are quite old.”
Though Fleetwood Mac’s future as a band remains up in the air — Christine McVie told 滚石 in June that they “kind of broke up” after their most recent tour ended in 2019 — Fleetwood is still game to reunite once more to say goodbye in an official capacity.
“That has always been my vision and I’m flatly confident that we can do that,” 他 告诉 RS 三月 2021. “We owe it to the fans.”