The personal collection of late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray will be auctioned off by Backstage Auctions beginning on April 1st and running through April 9th. According to Blabbermouth, the “Paul Gray All Access Legacy Auction” will feature bass guitars, amps, cabinets, gear and stage apparel used by Gray on tour, along with set lists, tour itineraries, signed items, record sales awards, personal passes and more. More than a dozen bass guitars used by Gray for recording and live purposes, as well as several early Slipknot jumpsuits, are among the most valuable items going on the block.
- Proceeds from the auction will benefit Gray’s daughter October, who was born several months after his May 2010 death.
- Backstage Auctions founder Jacques Van Gool said, “Each of the guitars and jumpsuits has their own story to tell and represent a significant element of Paul Gray’s touring and recording history. I have personally worked with (Gray’s widow) Brenna Gray over the past 18 months and her final selection of items from Paul’s collection is amazing and truly honors Paul’s legacy.”
- A special preview of the entire auction catalog will be available online beginning Saturday, March 25th and is open to fans and collectors worldwide.
- Paul Gray was found dead on May 24th, 2010 after overdosing on drugs in a hotel room in a suburb of Des Moines, Iowa, where he and Slipknot were based. He was 38 years old at the time of his death.
- Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan told us a while back that Gray is still be an important part of the band in spirit: [“Paul will always be part of that. He will always be part of the next record — he will be there ’til the end of time. Number Two (Gray’s number in the band) will always be represented. Paul Gray will always be talked about, he will always be onstage, he will always be part of the real nine.”]
- After a lengthy hiatus following Gray’s death, Slipknot resumed touring in 2011. The band in 2014 secured the services of British musician Alessandro “Vman” Venturella as their permanent bassist.