In the realm of rock ‘n’ roll, memorabilia carries the magic of musical journeys and storied adventures. One such gem, Paul McCartney’s legendary 1953 Bristol KSW bus known as WNO 481, is set to make its way to the auction stage. The iconic double-decker transport that witnessed the Wings tour across Europe in 1972 is expected to fetch bids soaring up to $300,000, marking a monumental event for music aficionados and collectors.
Julien’s Auctions, renowned for curating and presenting prized artifacts from the world of music, is gearing up to host the “Played, Worn, & Torn: Rock ‘n’ Roll Iconic Guitars And Memorabilia” auction on November 16. At the heart of this auction lies the historic bus that Paul McCartney and his late wife Linda, an integral part of the band Wings, rode during their memorable Wings Over Europe tour.
According to Daily Mail – This vibrant, colorfully adorned bus carried the band through nine European countries, symbolizing the spirit of a musical voyage unlike any other. The Beatles’ iconic vocalist, McCartney, reminisced about the bus and its colorful design in his 2002 book, “Wingspan: Paul McCartney’s Band on the Run.” He described the decision to tour in an open-top bus, soaking in the European sun as they traveled from one city to another, capturing the essence of freedom and creativity that defined the band.
The exterior of the bus, an artistic masterpiece, was originally designed by the famed artist Geoffrey Cleghorn, reminiscent of The Beatles’ “Yellow Submarine” album cover. Through meticulous restoration, the original artwork has been recreated, ensuring it retains its ’70s psychedelic allure. The interior, reflecting the ’70s vibe, features wooden bunk beds for the band members’ children, providing a glimpse into the familial and communal spirit of the band.
This piece of rock history, with its unique narrative and vibrant legacy, stands as a tribute to McCartney’s legendary career and the joyous moments shared during Wings’ electrifying journey across Europe. As bidding commences, it’s a chance for dedicated fans and collectors to own a tangible piece of musical history—a nostalgic ride into the heart of rock ‘n’ roll.