CBGB awning sold for $30k at Sotheby’s auction that included lot of other rock memorabilia
How did you come to work at CBGB?
In 2000 I saw an ad on the back of the Village Voice that they were hiring. There was a line to get in, but I was the very first person in line on the second day and they were so sick of interviewing people they hired me. I got lucky.
You were the manager, right?
In the beginning I was a door guy working two or three shifts a week. I was thinking about quitting, but then I got stabbed in the neck and handled it really well, so they promoted me to manager...
...How did you come to have the awning?
It was my day off and I was drunk at Mars Bar, the beautiful, nasty dive bar that was nearby. I think it was about 2004. I walked over to CB’s to see if anyone was around and there was this box in the dumpsters outside. I had seen it before above Hilly’s desk for a year or so. I remember thinking, “Why is this in the trash?” I woke up the next morning – shoes on, I was rather hung over – and the box with the awning in it was sitting in my bed. I learned later that it was in Hilly’s office because one of the interns was supposed to put stamps on it to send to the Cleveland Hall of Fame and it just never got there. I’ve had it under my bed ever since. - [Sotheby's]
While a different CBGB awning ending up going to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, the one former manager Drew Bushong ended up with just sold for $30,000 as part of a Sotheby's auction titled "A Rock & Roll Anthology: From Folk to Fury" which happened over the weekend (12/10). The auction also included items from The Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan, The Beatles, David Bowie, and more, and in total netted $847,318. Not everything sold, and you can still bid on items featuring Brian Wilson, The Beatles, The Who, Chuck Berry and more.