Ex-Haslemere mayor who signed the Rolling Stones for £60

Brian Howard today

Brian Howard today - Credit: Archant

A signed photograph of the Rolling Stones featuring guitarist Brian Jones and an original concert poster from the band’s 1963 gig in Epsom are set to be auctioned by John Nicholson’s in Haslemere this December.

Rolling Stones in Epsom

Rolling Stones in Epsom - Credit: Archant

The hotly tipped Stones memorabilia comes from the collection of twice mayor of Haslemere, Brian Howard, who was a local music promoter back in the 1960s and booked the Rolling Stones at Epsom Baths Hall.

Signed Rolling Stones photo

Signed Rolling Stones photo - Credit: Archant

“I booked them a few months before they’d released their first record and although I always signed bands that were ‘on the up’ and likely to make it big, it was a risk at the time,” he says.

“It turned out that my biggest success was in signing The Stones. Their Saturday night fee was £60 to £70 – they’ve done rather better since then! When I arrived at The Hall that evening, Saturday December 14, there was a crowd of about 500 waiting for tickets! It was a complete sell-out.”

Also included in the auction is a guitar with a montage of autographed photos of The Beatles and original posters from other Brian Howard signings – rock ‘n’ roll legend Georgie Fame and the ‘founding father of British Blues’, Alexis Korner.

The pop memorabilia collection will be auctioned on Friday December 13 and there will be a special evening viewing on Monday December 9, 5.30pm to 8pm, with mulled wine and mince pies.

For more information visit www.johnnicholsons.com