Gerald Scarfe, the artist who created the surreal images for Pink Floyd‘s The Wall album, tour and film, is selling his huge archive of memorabilia and artwork from The Wall projects via the San Francisco Art Exchange.
“It is a time capsule,” Scarfe says in a statement, “a treasure trove which tells the history of the making of Pink Floyd The Wall from start to finish — from album to film.”
More than 3,000 items are available, including original paintings depicting memorable images from the movie like “The Marching Hammers,” “The Teacher” and “The Giant Judge.” Other artifacts being sold include storyboards, conceptual drawings, painted movie cels, scripts, and various stage and movie props.
The 83-year-old Scarfe tells Rolling Stone that he’d like the archive “to go to a good home.”
He adds, “I’d like it, if possible, to be kept together…It could probably get cut up and divided, but my ideal would be to sell it to one collector who keeps it, because it’s got every concept of The Wall from when I first met [Pink Floyd bassist/songwriter] Roger [Waters]. Small notes, sketches and so forth, which I then developed into bigger sketches.”
Scarfe also is open to allowing pieces, segments or the full archive to be utilized as a curated collection that could be shown at museums or galleries, or as a touring display.
November 30 will mark the 50th anniversary of The Wall album’s release. The record spent 15 weeks atop the Billboard 200, and has sold over 11.5 million copies in the U.S.
Scarfe, whose collaborative involvement with Pink Floyd pre-dates The Wall by several years, also told Rolling Stone that he recently discovered cans of 35 millimeter film in his attic “that go back to Wish You Were Here.”
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