Pink Floyd Highgate Home Up For Auction
The house where Pink Floyd lived and developed is up for auction – and it’s unchanged since the band moved out in the 1960s.
All for founding members lived at 39 Stanhope Gardens in London’s Highgate, although Roger Waters, Syd Barrett, Nick Mason and Rick Wright weren’t all there at the same time.
It was owned by art tutor and lighting designer Mike Leonard, who died earlier this year. Before Floyd settled on their name they were once called Leonard’s Lodgers.
In 1968 they appeared on BBC show Tomorrow’s World, playing accompaniment to Leonard’s lighting experiments in the house. As an effect is filmed for use in a TV title sequence, the narrator explains: “Providing the music, a group which features a range of unusual sound effects: the Pink Floyd.” See the footage below.
The building features custom-made lighting gear, 60s-era decorations and a sound system built into the wall on the top floor chill-out space. Rusted cymbals, drums, glockenspiels and amplification gear lie in the attic.
The BBC reports that drummer Mason claims parts of an Aston Martin he once owned may be found in the back garden, although it’s so overgrown they might never be discovered.
Leonard also owned the house next door, which is also up for auction tomorrow (Thursday). Both buildings require extensive attention and each has a guide price of £1.2m – although the Floyd connection could increase the value of No.39.
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