Early Bob Marley Tape To Be Auctioned

A reel-to-reel audiotape of Bob Marley playing with musician Jimmy Norman will be sold at auction next month in New York, Christie's auction house said.

A reel-to-reel audiotape of Bob Marley playing with musician Jimmy Norman will be sold at auction next month in New York, Christie's auction house said. Marley met Norman during a visit to Manhattan in early 1968. Eight songs they played together in Norman's Bronx apartment are on the tape. Marley plays guitar and Norman plays piano, while Marley's wife, Rita, and Norman's wife, Dorothy, sing backup.

The tape includes "I'm Hurting Inside," later a hit for the Wailers, the group Marley co-founded with Bunny Wailer. Norman was introduced to Marley by Danny Sims, an American producer who met the singer during a visit to Jamaica in 1967.

Norman, 65, said he found the tape in his Manhattan apartment in June and approached Christie's to sell it two months ago. Initial asking price for the tape, described as being in "fragile, but good playing condition" is $15,000. "That's a pretty reasonable price for a rare piece, and considering it's by Marley," said Margaret Barrett of Christie's.

Christie's will auction the tape Dec. 20, along with other memorabilia such as items bearing the signatures of the Beatles, and clothing worn by Elvis Presley in the movies "Speedway" and "Double Trouble," she said.


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