Neil Peart’s ‘2112’ Drum Kit Can Be Yours (for an Estimated $80k-$120k) in a New Auction from Bonhams

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If you’re an avid fan of late Rush drummer  Neil Peart and are interested in the ultimate piece of Peart-related history, a new ‘Music Memorabilia’ auction from English auction house Bonhams will definitely pique your interest.

Up for bid soon in this online auction is a chrome Slingerland drum kit owned and played by Peart between 1974 and 1977, with UCR noting that it’s expected to fetch between $80,000 and $120,000 in the auction, which will run from Nov. 23 to Dec. 9.

Peart acquired the drum kit in July or August 1974, right around the time he took over Rush’s drum duties from John Rutsey, going on to use the kit during recording sessions for Rush’s Fly By Night, Caress of Steel and 2112 albums — giving this particular drum kit a significant role in the band’s vaunted history.

Peart passed away in January 2020 after a private battle with brain cancer, marking the official end of the prog-rock trio’s incredible career.

For more on Neil Peart, who was a vastly unique person with a number of passions outside the iconic music he made with Rush, revisit our 2014 interview with him at this link. A snippet of said interview:

“The first adventure trip I ever took was a bicycle trip to China in the mid-’80s. And to be there in the midst of a society that was crumbling in a way that, I guess the way Eastern Europe did, and it hasn’t fallen yet but at the time they were just coming out of the Maoist cultural revolution. And seeing the damage that had been done to the temples there and talking to people about what it was like to live through those times and seeing the fearful sorrow in them about that, and how guarded they spoke about it still 30 years later in that society.

“And traveling through Africa too of course, the stories in the villages and the stories in the countries are endless and the wisdom is endless. And the oral history that I collected in Africa for example of little sayings that are so wise, and so much part of a different culture. Not a written culture but an oral culture, such that I would meet people who could recite hundreds of years of their village’s history, verbatim. Or people who could speak six languages – not six dialects – but they would speak English-French in four different African languages because it’s an oral tradition there, and their sense of time was inspiring and changed me forever.

“But it’s all about people’s stories, and that’s one thing that keeps coming back to me, wherever I travel is amazing things and people that have lived there, and what their lives were like. Even visiting Greek ruins, you know, I see the human side of it in all of those cases. What was it like to be a guy with a family living in a place like that?”


  • Kathy says:

    I would lożve to win the drum set for my grandson who plays drums in church. He will blow the people out of their seats

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