Monday, October 27, 2008

Rock Stars Loose 2m in Memorabilia Blaze

A handful of the world's biggest rock legends - including The Rolling Stones, David Bowie and Elton John - have been left reeling after $2m worth of rare memorabilia was destroyed in a fire.

Tour pictures and promotional material marking different eras in The Stones' 42-year career were lost in the warehouse blaze; legal documents signed at the start of Bowie's career were lost forever; and items belonging to Elton John and Duran Duran were also being kept at the depot in Bow, east London by storage experts Iron Mountain.

A source says, "Everyone is very upset. The material is irreplaceable. Some of it is years old and worth thousands of pounds.

"Lawyers have been instructed to deal with it. People just want some compensation for their loss. They refuse to take it lightly.

"There is no way that this will be let go, there has not even been a proper explanation."

As FAME went to press on Sunday (October 26) reps for the respective stars were unavailable for comment.

A spokesman for Iron Mountain refused to comment on the fire but said, "The security of our customers' valuables is paramount."

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