The Abbey Road Studios EMI TG12345 MK IV console used to record Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon is going up for auction in New York later this month.
Due to be sold as part of Bonham’s ‘TCM Presents…Rock and Roll Through the Lens’ event on 27 March, the desk was housed in the facility’s iconic Studio Two between 1971 and 1983, commissioned as an update for the MK II model and one of only two consoles custom-made by EMI engineers for Abbey Road.
Described as “the greatest console ever constructed” by ex-Abbey Road technician Brian Gibson, the MK IV was utilised by Pink Floyd and producer Alan Parsons during the making of the band’s landmark 1973 album, which stayed in the charts for 741 weeks and was recently voted the Number One Rock Album of All Time by Rolling Stone.
In its time at Abbey Road the console was also used to record works from other pop and rock greats such as Paul McCartney and Wings, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Kate Bush. It remains in full working order and is accompanied by a letter of provenance from former Abbey Road studio manager Ken Townsend.
It is estimated to sell for ‘a significant six-figure sum’, and will be on view at Bonhams Knightbridge in London from 19 March until the date of the auction.
For more information on the auction and the console, check out the listing on the Bonhams website.