- The Washington Times - Saturday, March 4, 2017

Money, it’s a gas – and it’ll likely take a lot of it to purchase a piece of pop culture history slated to soon hit the auction block.

Bidding will begin later this month on the recording console used by Pink Floyd to produce “The Dark Side of the Moon,” the band’s best-selling 1973 album and a staple of most stoners’ record collections, Bonhams auction house said Friday.

The two-of-a-kind TG12345 MK IV recording console was custom-built by EMI engineers in 1971 and housed for over a decade inside The Beatles’ iconic Abbey Road Studios in Westminster, London.

Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr each utilized the console for post-Beatles solo projects prior to its removal from Abbey Road’s famed Studio 2 in 1983, but its biggest claim to fame comes for its role in producing “The Dark Side of the Moon” — Pink Floyd’s most commercially successful record and one of the best-selling rock albums of all time.

Pink Floyd began recording “Dark Side” at Abbey Road in June 1972, and released the album, their eighth, the following March. Supported by the singles “Money” and “Us and Them,” the record stayed in the Billboard album chart for 741 consecutive weeks and ultimately sold more than 45 million copies.

“The band members were experienced in the studio. They arguably were the most technically minded band out there. They knew what a recording studio was capable of, and they took full advantage. And they worked me hard—they always worked their engineers hard to push the barriers,” the album’s producer, Alan Parsons, recalled in a 2012 interview.

British record producer Mike Hedges acquired the console directly from Abbey Road in 1983 and said the TG12345 MK IV is still in “excellent working condition,” according to Bonhams. He’s expected to entertain bids in the six-digits when it hits the auction block March 27, Rolling Stone reported Friday.

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