Keith Richards auction to benefit Ridgefield charities
WESTON, Conn. — When it comes to owning some of Keith Richards’ personal possessions, you just might get what you want.
The legendary Rolling Stones guitarist and his wife, Patti Hansen, who live in Weston, are donating items from their upper East Side Manhattan apartment to benefit two nonprofits that work with adults who have autism.
To diehard Stones fans, however, many of the items may not be their cup of tea.
None of the 73-year-old Richards’ guitars, wardrobe from the more than half-century of touring with the band or his trademark skull ring are in the auction.
The items do include Italian, French and English furniture, decorations, Persian carpets, paintings, an English silver-plated flatware, Waterford crystal wine glasses, Flemish tapestry pillows and an Edwardian painted satinwood four poster bed.
One of the more unusual is a Keith-inspired, skull-motif, china tea set. The image of a skull wearing a royal crown is displayed on dainty teacups, saucers and teapot.
The couple’s connection to the Connecticut nonprofits — SPHERE and The Prospector Theater, in Ridgefield — is Hansen’s 24-year-old-nephew has received services from the organizations.
The auction is being handled by Stair Galleries in Hudson, N.Y. on Saturday, June 24. Previews of the items begin on June 10.
According to the auction house, the high-end antiques came from the Manhattan apartment that “was conceived by Patti as a European jewel box, filled with Italian, French and English furniture, decorations, and paintings. Patti worked with designer Carol Perry of Perry Associates in Connecticut to achieve the richly romantic apartment of her dreams.”
The Prospector Theater pairs a first-run, commercial movie theater with the mission of training and employing adults with disabilities. One of the films now playing at the theater is the latest Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Richards played Jack Sparrow’s father in two of the series films.
SPHERE was founded in 1987 to serve Ridgefield-area adults with disabilities in housing, education, recreation and employment.
Included in the auction is a small selection of antiques and table top articles from their Weston, Conn. where Richards and Hansen have lived since 1994. The wooded estate backs up to the Devil’s Den nature preserve in Weston.
The couple have a number of homes including one in the Parrot Cay islet in the Turks and Caicos Islands and another in Ocho Rios in Jamaica. Another is Redlands, a country estate southwest of London that Richards has owned since the 1960s.
Richards and Hansen, a model who appeared on the covers of Vogue, Cosmopolitan and Seventeen, were married on Dec. 18, 1983; Richards 40th birthday.
Since moved to Connecticut, the couple have helped several local charities, including fundraisers at the Maritime Aquarium in Norwalk and the Silvermine 90th Anniversary Gala in New Canaan.
In a book, The Sun & The Moon & The Rolling Stones, author Rich Cohen recalled sitting beside Keith Richards on the Rolling Stones’ plane to New York after a show.
When the plane banked over Long Island Sound, Cohen wrote, Richards looked out the window and smiled.
“That’s my home down there,” he said looking in the direction of Fairfield County. “When I see those lights, I know I’m close to everything I love.”