Around a month ago, the custom built EMI recording console used at Abbey Road Studios went up for auction. Known for recording Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon as well as records by Paul McCartney and George Harrison, Abbey Rd. engineer Brian Gibson once called it “the greatest console ever constructed”.
It was expected to fetch a measly $700,000 at first glance, which was completely eclipsed by the final sale: $1.8 million.
If you had a spare $1.8 million lying around, looks like you’ve missed the boat. The Dark Side of the Moon recording console has been sold after just a month on auction.
It’s a handy price, but I guess it is the “greatest console ever constructed”. The buyer was not named, but safe to say they’re about to enjoy a ton of alone time with this one-of-a-kind piece of equipment.
Take it from our dedicated reader Roy Irwin, who said what we were all thinking when we saw this console:
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Via Rolling Stone.