I have mentioned many times over the years that I have written for the Retroist, that when I was growing up we didn’t listen to much in the way of music. It wasn’t until I was in my late teens that I started to realize I was missing out on something pretty special. However my musical tastes were rather limited at that point, sticking mostly with soundtracks and the like. It wasn’t until I was a young man that I started to get a proper musical education, thanks to my close circle of friends. One of the artists I was introduced to was Ronnie James Dio, both from his time with Black Sabbath as well as with his solo band, appropriately named just Dio.
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I should probably add this was also a time I was getting my first taste of playing Dungeons & Dragons too. I am just saying that music from Dio worked well with our four year D & D campaign – as did the scores of Basil Poledouris, Hans Zimmer, Blind Guardian and James Horner. I definitely feel that Ronnie James Dio was taken far too soon, passing away in 2010 of stomach cancer.
So imagine my surprise when we received an media alert concerning some of the collection of the estate of Ronnie James Dio being put up for auction. Handled by Julien’s Auctions in fact, the event will be held on September 14th as well as the 15th. The great thing is Julien’s is allowing fans and those with the finances to bid look through their digital catalog…and their is a TON of personal belongings from Dio being offered.
Now that banner is for Rainbow, the group that Dio had a hand in, leaving the band after founder Ritchie Blackmore decided to move away from the “sword and sorcery” style of music. There is far more than that though being put up for auction, such as the legendary artist’s personal Asteroids and Arkanoid arcade cabinets!
Perhaps you are looking for something incredibly special and personal for that Ronnie James Dio fan in your life? Well, how would you like to own the outfit he wore on the way to his Honeymoon?
On the other hand you could go for the very robe that Dio wore from the stage to his dressing room when he was a member of Black Sabbath!
Make sure to hop on over to Julien’s Auctions to glance through the entire collection that is being offered. There were more than a few items that I will admit I wish I had the resources to bid upon…you know…like some of his personal weapons.