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A New Order Exhibition & Auction from Peter Hook’s Private Collection: 4th – 8th Oct





Renowned bassist with Joy Division, New Order and The Light, Peter Hook is to hold his second exhibition and auction, this time featuring his hugely substantial and extensive collection of New Order artefacts and memorabilia which as an avid collector throughout his life he amassed across his ten albums with the band.

Following on from the successful exhibition and auction focussed on Joy Division and Factory Records in March 2019, The “Peter Hook Signature Collection – New Order” showcases many rare, unseen items from Hooky’s decades with the group across over four hundred lots. The collection takes in awards, instruments including a large number of Hooky’s own guitars, studio equipment, releases across all formats and more besides.

Also featuring items related to Factory and Joy Division, the collection predominantly refers to Hooky’s output with New Order and takes in many items with great historic relevance.

With too many to list here, some include The Factory “Blue Monday Anvil” presented to the band by Tony Wilson, Hooky’s 2005 NME and 2006 Ivor Novello awards, the “Overwater Bass Guitar” owned by John Entwistle, Hooky’s six string Shergold Marathon and original Yamaha BB1200S used across most of New Order’s celebrated output and equipment including the Prophet 5 Synthesiser And Sequencer as used in the recording of “Blue Monday” and Hooky’s final audio rig “The End” from the farewell New Order concert in Buenos Aires November 2006.

In addition, the “Peter Hook Private Collection – New Order” puts on show a vast array of memorabilia related to Hooky and the band from original flight cases, framed gig posters and artwork, limited edition fashion and clothing, as well as tour itineraries, books and assorted other items

A vast part of the exhibition auction also sees Hooky’s collection of New Order’s releases, original records, test pressing, CD’s and cassettes which track the catalogue of the group’s entire career.  

This event sees the first time these items from Hooky’s archive have been brought together for fans to view and comprises a complete record of his New Order history from its founding in 1980. 

The full exhibition takes place Monday 4th October 2021 to Friday 8th October 2021 featuring all exhibits and lots at Omega Auctions HQ in Newton-Le-Willows. 

The auction then being Friday 8th October 2021 at Omega Auctions from 11AM.

As with the previous Joy Division collection, all items and exhibits have been collated into a catalogue as a record of the whole exhibition with high spec images and Hooky’s comments on all entries. 

The catalogue is available now to order from Omega Auctions

The online catalogue of all exhibits and lots will be available at Omega’s website for pre-bidding from Friday 27th August 2021.

Donations from the auction will be supporting The Christie charity and Epilepsy Society.

Previewing the New Order Signature Collection, exhibition and auction, Hooky commented.

I always knew that this collection would be the most difficult. The highs in my forty one years of New Order’s existence have been incredible alongside the lows. Seeing these wonderful items and remembering the fantastic achievements and wonderful adventures we had all around the world did bring a smile to my face and tear to my eye

I really hope those interested in the history appreciate and enjoy the collection.”

Peter Hook Signature Collection – Selected Exhibits

Forming a core part of the collection are many of the awards received by Hooky which celebrate New Order, many of which have now passed into being part of the band’s legend. New Order’s only Brit Award for “True Faith” features as well as Hooky’s 2005 NME Goldlike Genius Award alongside an Ivor Novello from the following year for “Outstanding Song Collection”

A stand out piece is the Factory Records “Blue Monday Anvil” forged to commemorate half a million sales of the best selling 12 inch ever by Tony Wilson to present to the band who were disappointed at not qualifying at the time for gold discs or similar as Factory wasn’t a member of the BPI.

However the collection also features a host of American RIAA discs from Quincy Jones’ Qwest for Substance’s millions of sales in the United States, a “World In Motion” Gold Disc as it was released in conjunction with MCA, a UK Platinum Award for Substance from 1990 and many later sales awards for Joy Division’s and New Order’s biggest releases from when the catalogue had moved.  

Also featuring within the exhibition and auction as previously is a vast collection of Hooky’s guitars and equipment which have been used throughout his career. These include a cherished “Overwater Bass Guitar” previously owned by The Who’s John Entwistle, Hooky’s “Shergold Marathon Black 6 String Bass Guitar” used on “Blue Monday”, “Your Silent Face”, “World In Motion” as well as the original Yamaha BB1200s used to write and record every four string bass track New Order ever recorded, from “Ceremony” to “Age Of Consent” to “Love Vigilantes” to “Crystal” and more.

Hooky’s very first Chris Eccleshall EBO Hollow Body Bass Guitar, considered to be the original and used at all his New Order gigs from 1982 onwards is also a very special lot and studio equipment used in the group’s output also features including the “Prophet 5 Keyboard And Poly Sequencer” which gave Blue Monday its sound, and its successor, the “Yamaha DX-5 Keyboard And Sequencer” used by the band in the late Eighties. 

Rare releases also make up a distinct part of the collection and across a variety of formats including test pressings including albums such as “Substance” and “Low Life” and singles “Bizarre Love Triangle”, “Perfect Kiss”, “True Faith”, “Fine Time”, “World In Motion” and acetates of “Thieves Like Us” from Quincy Jones’ Qwest.

There are signed releases as well as live CD’s and cassettes both from the group’s tours and live dates throughout Hooky’s career as well as original tape reels and master tapes dating back to the earliest days of the band.

Other miscellaneous items include a letter from U2 from when both appeared at Glastonbury, a Brasil football shirt worn and signed at the Buenos Aires 2006 gig, and host of band related clothing items including “Power, Corruption And Lies” and “Technique” Dr Martens boots.

Peter Hook Signature Collection Event Timeline

Monday 28th June 2021 – Full Exhibition/Auction Printed Catalogue Published
Friday 27th August 2021 – Full Exhibition/Auction Catalogue Online For Pre-Bids
Monday 4th October 2021 – Friday 8th October – Full Exhibition At Omega Auctions
Friday 8th October 2021 – Auction At Omega Auctions From 11.00AM

About Omega Auctions

Omega Auctions have established themselves as one of the leading auction houses worldwide for music memorabilia and vinyl records over the past decade.  Previous highlights from collections have included the first recording of David Bowie, original jackets from the Beatles film Help!, George Harrison’s car and items from Elvis Presley and John Lennon..

Omega Auctions, Sankey Valley Industrial Estate, Newton-le-Willows, WA12 8DN

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