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Oasis: Liam Gallagher’s Wonderwall tambourine sold


A tambourine used in the recording of Oasis’ album (What’s The Story) Morning Glory has been sold for seven-times its estimate at auction.

Liam Gallagher used the instrument on the hits Wonderwall and Champagne Supernova before abandoning it after a recording session in Monmouthshire in 1995.

The album defined the Britpop era and has sold over 22 million copies worldwide.

Morning Glory’s engineer has now sold the tambourine, which had a guide price of £300-£500, at auction for £3,600.

“The tambourine was used during the recording of (What’s The Story) Morning Glory,” explained Nick Brine, who was in charge of the record’s sound.

“By the end of the session, it had taken a beating and was about to be discarded. However, I claimed it.”

The tambourine was sold on the internet by Hansons auctioneers in Derbyshire to an internet bidder who wanted the “opportunity to own a slice of British rock history.”

“The price took my breath away, and its musical pedigree proved irresistible to bidders,” said Josh McCarthy, a music memorabilia valuer at Hansons.

Liam Gallagher has used more than one tambourine in his almost 30-year singing career

The band travelled to Rockfield Studio in 1995 to record the new album, where Nick was sound engineer.

Liam Gallagher enjoyed recording at Rockfield Studios as Monmouth had “great” pubs

It went on to be voted the best album of the last 30 years at the Brit Awards and one of the best-selling albums of all time, with hit song Wonderwall becoming the first song from the 1990s to reach one billion Spotify streams.

“That record means so much to so many people; it changed a lot of people’s lives,” Nick, who has also worked with Coldplay, Bruce Springsteen, and The Stone Roses, said.

“It’s the most frequently asked about record. That record encapsulates the entire era and what music and bands were all about.”

The tambourine has also been used on records by Kasabian, Arctic Monkeys, The Verve, and Seasick Steve, according to Nick.

Oasis sponsored a local pub team when they recorded their Be Here Now record at Abbey Road

The 44-year-old also sold two bespoke Oasis football shirts – one worn by Noel Gallagher in a charity football match – for £1,750 at the same auction after receiving them after the band’s Be Here Now album recording session at Abbey Road in London.

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