Wednesday, June 29, 2011

JIMMY PAGE'S BOATHOUSE FOR SALE

Jimmy Page's boathouse
Talk about the ultimate Led Zeppelin collectible: a boathouse once owned by Jimmy Page is up for sale.

Newbury Today reports a River Thames boathouse in Pangbourne, UK with ties to Zeppelin’s history is on the market – asking price £1,100,000. Page owned the property from 1967-1973, during which time he formed Zeppelin. The guitarist paid £6,000 for the property in 1967, which had been a boathouse with wet dock and offices belonging to Hopps of Henley from the 19th century until its 1959 conversion into a residential dwelling.

The current owner, Graham Gore, who ran his own building firm before his retirement in 2003, bought the property for £98,500 in 1984 and moved in with his wife and two sons. Graham was quite unaware of the celebrity connection until his neighbors explained it to him, and has many tales of brushes with rock and roll aristocracy - such as the day singer Robert Plant popped by unannounced, much to Mr Gore’s surprise.

Over the years, Gore added and extended to the property, and the basement, where the wet dock once existed, now hosts a fully heated indoor swimming pool. Mr Gore said now that his sons had grown up and moved out, it was time to move on and sell the property.

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