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Julien’s Auctions Is Offering Up Items From Ronnie James Dio!

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.
Dio - Flashing the Horns

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.

Dio - Rainbow Live Europe 77 Banner - Julien's Auctions
Image courtesy of Julien’s Auctions.

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!

Dio - Asteroids - Arkadnoid - Julien's Auctions
Image courtesy of Julien’s Auctions.

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?

Dio - Brown Velvet Suit - Julien's Auctions
Image courtesy of Julien’s Auctions.

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!

Dio - Black Sabbath Robe - Julien's Auctions
Image courtesy of Julien’s Auctions.

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.

Okay, now that you know about the Ronnie James Dio auction from Julien’s Auctions, all you need to do is listen to Rainbow in the Dark while you peruse the online catalog, right?


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Searching through the alleys for useful knowledge in the city of Nostalgia. Huge cinema fanatic and sometimes carrier of the flame for the weirding ways of 80s gaming, toys, and television. When his wife lets him he is quite happy sitting in the corner eating buckets of beef jerky.

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