One of Neil Peart’s most iconic drum kits, his chrome Slingerland set, is going up for auction and is expected to fetch a huge price in the region of $100,000. The set was played by ‘The Professor’ during his time with Rush between 1974 -1977 and it is undoubtedly one of the most iconic pieces of the band’s memorabilia.
Peart’s kit, which he used for several recording sessions and lots of live performances is, therefore, likely to get a big price while at auction. Rush’s fanbase is a rabid one and likely to drive up the price when the kit goes under the hammer between November 23rd and December 9th as part of the Bonham’s Music Memorabilia auction.
Bonhams will be well aware of the recent trend for pieces of rock memorabilia achieving well over their estimates. While they’ve suggested the kit will sell for $104,000 to $157,000, becoming one of the most expensive drum kits of all time, many believe it could be for much more.
It’s one of the most memorable from the band’s history. Featuring dual blue heads, printed with Rush’s logo and Peart’s name, it also features the chrome-wrapped tom-toms, completed by an original head signed by the drummer himself. Picked up by Peart back in ’74 from Toronto’s famous music store Long & McQuade.
Notably, the drummer used the kit for his first performance with the band on August 14th, 1974 and it remained his go-to set until 1977. The kit is also famous for having the notes of the band’s fabled records Caress of Steel, Fly By Night, and 2112 recorded upon them.
Neil Peart is one of the most beloved drummers of all time so if you were hoping to pick up his drum kit on the cheap, you’d be sadly mistaken. You’ll need your chequebook out for this one.