During the long career of the Beach Boys, Mike Love's father traveled with the band, taking photos and holding onto letters, documents and other items that he felt were important.
That collection, lost for many years, has finally surfaced and will be sold at auction Saturday, May 27, by GWS Auctions.
"Milton Love's collection turned up in a dresser that was sold at an estate sale at his home. Of particular interest are the handwritten memoirs by Brian Wilson, offering insights into his well known struggles with mental illness, drugs, and complicated relationships with family and others inside and outside the music industry. I believe this will be a valuable source for biographers, music historians and perhaps museums," said Brigitte Kruse, lead auctioneer of the auction company.
The collection includes more than 55 photo slides of Dennis Wilson, Carl Wilson, Al Jardine, Mike Love and Brian Wilson. Documents include a 1970s copy of Brian Wilson's home lease in California, a personal letter to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and a contract between Brian Wilson and his wife, dated in the 1970s.
Also selling in the auction are lost photos of Aaliyah, Nelson Mandela, Tom Hanks, River Phoenix, Madonna, James Brown, Ray Charles, Marilyn Monroe, Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and others.
The auction will begin at 10 a.m. Pacific, with online bidding available. Individuals seeking additional information, including inspections, may visit www.thecelebauction.com or www.gwsauctions.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment.
GWS Auctions, based in Beverly Hills, California, is a full-service auction and real estate company that specializes in rare antiques, collectibles, coins and other assets in southern California and beyond. Brigitte Kruse, a fifth-generation auctioneer, made the Guinness Book of World Records in 2016 for the "largest abandoned property auction in world history."