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Saturday 16 December 2017

Bono's beads and Larry's boots in €40k rock auction

Fancy owning a piece of U2? Well, fans of Bono and the boys can scoop a number of unique items in an online auction expected to raise €40,000.

Whether it's a pair of used shoes, backstage passes or candid Polaroid shots of the rock legends, fans can get their hands on all things U2.

But the items come with a hefty price tag.

Former U2 stylist Lola Cashman has put the 16-item collection up for auction in the US, including Bono's rosary beads and a Bible belonging to Larry Mullen for the combined price of €7,000.

Cashman was previously involved in a high-profile court case dubbed Stetsongate, for selling items belonging to the rock legends she had collected while joining them on their Joshua Tree tour from 1987 onwards.

After losing her appeal against a judge's decision that the items were not hers to sell, she is now auctioning off items that were personally inscribed to her.

All the items up for grabs hail from the band's early days with the rosary beads expected to generate bids of up to €3,800.

Another religious object being sold is Larry Mullen's former Bible, given to the stylist in 1988, with the inscription "To Lola, With Real Love, Larry, 15-1-88" and is being auctioned off at a minimum bid of $4,800 (€3,500) online.

Also for sale is a pair of Larry Mullen's worn shoes, a used concert set list during one of their performances and a mug used by Bono and The Edge.

The chipped black mug may appear to be just that, but U2 worshippers eager to get their hands on an item actually used by the famed singer and guitarist will be jumping for joy. And the mug can be all yours for the "bargain basement" price of €800.

Larry Mullen's worn Converse shoes are expected to sell for at least $4,500 (€3,300) and one of the cheapest items is a photograph signed by the band available for a minimum of €200.

In addition to items given to Lola by the band directly is a black and white Polaroid photograph by Mathew Roleston, which has written on it: "To Lola, with many thanks -- it was a pleasure working with you, all best always, Matthew Roleston."

The photo is being put up for a minimum bid of €11,000t.

Although the prices are steep, the auction house is confident that the items will raise an estimated €40,000 on the rock website gottahave-rockandroll.com, based in New York.

cmcbride@herald.ie

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