June 19 2013 Latest news:
by Flora Drury
Friday, September 21, 2012
The Highgate home where legendary band Pink Floyd was formed has been snapped up at auction for more than a million pounds - but it hasn’t gone to a fan.
The semi-detached house and its neighbour in Stanhope Gardens was sold to property investor Sham Masterman, who has said she may put some of the memorabilia left over in the house on eBay, according to the BBC.
Ms Masterman snapped up both houses - which were owned by the band’s former tutor Mike Leonard until his death earlier this year - for the guide price £1.2million each.
Three of the five original members – guitarist Syd Barrett, bassist Roger Waters and drummer Nick Mason – lived at the address at various points during the band’s formative years in the mid-60s, and the house remains largely unaltered from its heady heyday.
Christopher Coleman-Smith, director of auctions at Savills, was not shocked the building had not gone to a fan of the psychedelic rockers, whose hits include Brick in the Wall and Dark Side of the Moon.
He said: “I think at the end of the day, people were either buying it for a property development or a family home - I would have been surprised if it was a mad fan who bought it.
“It was just an interesting property with a piece of history. You can do your own thing to it - it is like stepping back in time.”