‘Dark Side of the Moon’ console fetches $1.8 million at auction

he Abbey Road Studios EMI TG12345 MK IV console used to record Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon, which was expected to sell for ‘a significant six-figure sum’ when it went under the hammer at Bonham's earlier this week instead fetched a whopping $1,807,500 at auction.

One of the main attractions at the auction house's ‘TCM Presents…Rock and Roll Through the Lens’ event, the desk – with a pre-auction estimate of 'only' $700,000 – was housed in the facility’s iconic Studio Two between 1971 and 1983, commissioned as an update for the MK II model and one of only two consoles custom-made by EMI engineers for Abbey Road.

Described as “the greatest console ever constructed” by ex-Abbey Road technician Brian Gibson, the MK IV was utilised by Pink Floyd and producer Alan Parsons during the making of the band’s landmark 1973 album, which stayed in the charts for 741 weeks and was recently voted the Number One Rock Album of All Time by Rolling Stone.

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