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“I will hold it in honour of Keith Flint until the end of my life”: Inside the auction of The Prodigy frontman’s personal items

NME spoke to emotional followers who had been determined to get their arms on a chunk of music historical past

The personal belongings of The Prodigy‘s Keith Flint, who was discovered useless at his Essex dwelling in March this 12 months at the age of 49, went underneath the hammer at an auction in Cambridge yesterday (November 7).

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Fetching a complete of £347,750 throughout 171 tons, items up on the market included a number of of Flint’s gold discs, his NME Awards, a lavish custom-made mattress, a two-handed sword, his file assortment, bike leathers and numerous items of jewelry.

Marketed as The Keith Flint Assortment by auction home Cheffins, different items listed included a set of baseball caps, numerous items of furnishings, artwork items and an archive of recordings and art work from Flint’s solo tasks, after he labored underneath the Flint and Intelligent Brains Fryin’ moniker.

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Some photographs of Keith Flint that had been up for auction. (Credit score: NME)

NME had been invited alongside to the auction to see the occasion unfold and communicate to some of the followers.

When requested what explicit items they had been in, fan Tameem Antonades mentioned it was all about Flint’s jewelry. “I like the rings and the chains,” he mentioned. Equally, Mark Cutter, who was sporting the same coiffure to the one Keith Flint had in the ‘Firestarter’ video, expressed a need to personal one of the late frontman’s rings, however added “I’m simply hoping I can afford it.”

“I’d like the belts, the jeans,” mentioned Darren Starling of Haverhill forward of the auction. “I’ve been on-line making an attempt to get one of the discs. I’ve been outbid already however we’ll see how we go on the night time.”

After we tried and failed miserably to have interaction an individual dressed in an enormous fox head in a dialog, a brilliant fan from Portsmouth picked up the slack.

“Keith Flint, man! He was like my idol rising up,” Mike Stephens instructed NME. “Again in the early 90s, throughout the prime of my teenage years, after I was looking for out what I used to be and wasn’t into, ‘The Prodigy Expertise’ got here out on XL Recordings and that was it, it ticked all my containers.

“He was a pair of years older than me and if ever you needed an older brother – which I didn’t have – that might be the older brother determine.”

Happening to checklist some of the items he hoped to land, Stephens mentioned: “A pair of the presentation discs in explicit would definitely imply quite a bit to me. It might be cool to have one of these, however to be truthful I'd be cool to go together with something.”

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In a single of his many outfits, Lord Granger of the Prodigy Warriors was at the auction home all day celebrating the life of Keith Flint and taking photos with followers. (Credit score: NME)

Attributable to begin at 6pm, the auction was compelled to begin 20 minutes late after Cheffins’ web site crashed resulting from the excessive quantity of on-line bidders vying to get a spot in line to bid on Flint’s belongings.

The first lot up for grabs was a set of ‘Music For the Jilted Technology’ image discs that bought for £5,000. Following that, a chunk of artwork by Doug Murphy (AKA PlasticGod) depicting The Prodigy frontman as a Lego determine went for £1,600.

The costliest items on the night time had been three MTV Music Awards, that went for £16,000. The lot comprised of the 1997 MTV Networks Europe Viewer’s Alternative Award given to The Prodigy for ‘Breathe’, one other 1997 Viewer’s Alternative Award, additionally for ‘Breathe’, and the 1997/1998 Greatest Dance Video Award for The Prodigy’s ‘Smack My Bitch Up’.

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Different large sellers included two ‘Expertise’ presentation discs (£13,000), a set of ‘The Fats Of the Land’ presentation discs (£8,000) and a John Parkin signed canvas (£4,400).

Elsewhere, a set of printed Keith Flint memorabilia, comprising of a number of framed items, together with an NME cowl from Could 6, 1995, bought for £2,200.

Two NME Awards given to Flint, one for Greatest Dance Act for The Prodigy in 1997, the different for Greatest Video for ‘Firestarter’, bought for £8,000.

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Keith Flint’s NME Awards. (Credit score: NME)

Kenny Barnes, from Romford in Essex, secured the successful bid on some of Flint’s horse driving gear, largely comprised of boots and clothes. Barnes, a eager rider himself, can be a snowboarding fan, which is the place he met The Prodigy frontman every now and then.

“The Prodigy used to follow at Brentwood dry slope and we met them over there a pair of occasions,” he recalled. “All of them had been good, and Keith was simply… effectively, Keith.

“He simply appeared so good and so real and he all the time had time for his followers.”

Some in attendance expressed a real concern for the method sure bidders had been sitting and leaning on items, a sentiment shared by auctioneer Martin Millard who made it a degree to ask if folks would kindly respect the items on show.

Commenting on the auction and its delicate nature, Matt Wilkinson, a fan who bought a pair of items on the night time, admitted that being at the auction was a bit bizarre however that it was a “as soon as in a lifetime alternative.”

“It’s a warehouse full of someone’s stuff,” he mentioned. “You’re capable of contact clothes that someone wore. There’s denims on a bench, there are folks sat on his sofa, and half of me feels uncomfortable with that however one other half of me appears like it is a as soon as in a lifetime alternative and as soon as it’s gone it’s gone.”

“I’ve by no means been to an auction earlier than, that is my first,” he continued. “I’m undoubtedly right here as a result of it’s Keith’s stuff and I needed to really feel like I had a component of that historical past as a memento.”

One of the greatest choose ups (actually) of The Keith Flint Assortment was a big welded aluminium and metal mannequin ant. When The Prodigy carried out at the Milton Keynes Bowl in 2010, artist Obediar Madziva was commissioned to supply three massive ant sculptures, primarily based on the The Prodigy’s brand, for the stage. Every band member obtained one as a present after the occasion.

Promoting for £8,000, the purchaser, who requested to stay nameless, attended the auction particularly for the large ant as she had been searching for one thing comparable for her backyard.

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One of The Prodigy’s large ants from their 2010 Milton Keynes Bowl efficiency bought for £8,000. (Credit score: NME)

“I’ve been wanting one thing for the backyard for a number of years now and so I’ve been backyard constructions however may by no means determine on something,” she instructed NME

She continued: “I’ve been a Prodigy fan since the early 90s, been to quite a bit of their gigs and when the auction got here up I needed to come back and get one thing so after I noticed that it simply felt like the proper factor to get.”

Whereas followers travelled far and broad from throughout the UK, there have been some who got here even additional.

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Demonstrating simply how far the love for Flint and The Prodigy goes, Andre Legenhausen flew from Germany particularly for the auction – however it’s not the first time he’s travelled for the band.

I've been to many Prodigy concert events in Nice Britain and Europe. I additionally flew over for Keith’s funeral earlier this 12 months,” Legenhausen instructed NME. “I’ve been listening to their music for the previous 20 years. Their music has all the time been a component of my life, by means of the good occasions and the unhealthy.”

Successful a bid on one of Flint’s leather-based bike uniforms, Legenhausen mentioned he was comfortable he managed to get his arms on one thing to recollect the late frontman by. “I do know that it’s in good arms and I will hold it in honour of Keith until the end of my life.”

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Keith Flint’s Steve Liddard {custom} constructed oak and metal mattress. (Credit score: NME)

The closing merchandise up on the market on the night time was a Steve Liddard {custom} constructed oak and metal mattress. A novel merchandise that Cheffins auctioneer Martin Millar mentioned would enchantment to a restricted market, the mattress is supported at every nook by entwined thorns and accessed by way of steps supported on the again of a crouching, winged legendary beast. In response to Cheffins, it is known that Flint labored intently with Steve Liddard on the design of the mattress.

Anticipated to draw a big determine, the mattress ended up promoting for £8,500. It was bought to an area resort proprietor, who wasn’t a follower of Flint or The Prodigy, however was impressed with the craftsmanship of the mattress.

“It’s very properly made,” he instructed NME, earlier than evaluating its stature to that of the Nice Mattress of Ware. “This could now be the Nice Mattress of Cambridge.”

Including that he obtained the mattress at a discount value, he mentioned he would have bid increased had it been required.

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A painted picket head research of Keith Flint finally night time’s auction. (Credit score: NME)

Speaking to NME after the auction ended, auctioneer Martin Millard mentioned he was more than happy with how issues went. “We’re delighted. I don’t assume it may have gone any higher. I believe it surpassed all expectations but we had no actual sense of how it was going to do.”

Talking on the big quantity of individuals who selected to bid in individual at Cheffins’ auction home in Cambridge versus on-line, Millard added: “It was an occasion, it wasn’t only a disposal of property. It was an opportunity to see all of Keith’s personal possessions, to sit down amongst them, to look at them be bought. It was a one-off. It was actually nice to see the quantity of individuals who got here out and who had been queuing all day to be a component of historical past.”

All 171 tons of The Keith Flint Assortment bought for a grand whole of £347,750, which will be handed on to Keith Flint’s property. To see the full checklist of every little thing that went underneath the hammer and precisely how a lot it bought for, you'll be able to go to the Cheffins web site.

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