The legendary console Led Zeppelin used to record 'Stairway to Heaven' goes up for sale

Boy, oh boy, if this Helios console could talk, it would have some serious stories to tell.

Not only did Led Zeppelin use it to record their now-classic hit "Stairway to Heaven," but many other musical artists have recorded on it too. Now, it will be sold to the highest bidder (it's expected to fetch six-figures) at Bonhams upcoming December 11 auction in London.

This mixing desk is particularly unique because it's actually a hybrid of two recording consoles that were combined in 1996 by Elvis Costello and Squeeze's Chris Difford.


They used part of the Island Records Basing Street Studio 2 Helios Console (1970-1974) and part of Alvin Lee's Helios console from Space Studios (1973-1979).

The two consoles were combined in 1996 after Difford and Costello acquired both from storage in order to set up their own studio HeliosCentric Studios 'which would be for everyone to use - a chapel of music in a quiet spot.' They sought advice from the original creator of Helios, Dick Swettenham, and carefully amalgamated the pair to create what is arguably one of Swettenham's first, last, and largest project.

The newly combined console was installed on a peaceful farm in Rye that became a haven for musical artists and has been in constant use ever since. Artists who have used the console in both their original and amalgamated guises include: Led Zeppelin, Bob Marley & The Wailers, Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones, George Harrison, Jeff Beck, Stephen Stills, Jimi Hendrix, Mott The Hoople, Cat Stevens, Free, KT Tunstall, Athlete, Paolo Nutini, Sia, Olly Murrs, Dido, Pet Shop Boys, Scouting For Girls, David Bowie, Paul Weller, Mud, Gary Barlow, Supergrass and Keane.

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Your traveling roadshow dreams could come true with this old timey theater (that folds up into a trailer)

Since 2006, Matt "Molotov" Bouvier and his wife Miss Dixie DeLish have been traveling coast to coast playing fairs, festivals, carnivals, and Wild West shows with their "Americana Mayhem Roadshow." Sword swallowing, dog tricks, cowboy trick roping, precision bullwhip cracking, and knife throwing are part of their act, which they performed on this gorgeous fold-up theater.

On Monday morning, Matt announced on Facebook that they are selling the fold-up theater for $17,000.

This theater is the real deal. Matt and Dixie bought the stage in 2006 from some folks in Gibsonton, Florida who had been using it as a "Wild West Follies" show since 1997. (In case you didn't know, Gibsonton is a community for carnival workers.)

Matt explains that it takes two people two hours to set the 17'x17' stage up, with no heavy lifting. The stage drops on an electric winch and the marquee raises on hydraulics.


For $17,000, you get the stage with all lights, sound, and its "rough" living quarters (sleeping loft with a shower, sink, microwave, and hot water heater). If you want the 2007 3/4 ton truck they used to pull it, it will cost you $35,000 total.

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For Sale: 1975 BMW R75/6, "likely haunted"

I've had an interesting run with this motorcycle. It is probably haunted, and really doesn't want to go to Los Angeles.