Fans will not be getting a chance to bid on a lot of Black Sabbath memorabilia that was slated to go on the auction block on September 30.
The Sheffield Auction Gallery has announced that the entire lot has been withdrawn after being "sold by private treaty, for an undisclosed sum, to the Osbourne family, ensuring that this important piece of hard rock musical history remains intact."
The collection includes postcards Osbourne wrote to his family from tour, a poster and flyer from the band when it was known as Earth, handwritten lyrics and more. It's not known what the Osbourne family plans to do with the items.
...Meanwhile, Black Sabbath has announced a November 11 release for a super-deluxe edition of its second album, 1970's Paranoid.
The boxed set will included remastered and quadrophinic mixes of the eight-track set as well as two concert performances -- from Monterux, Switzerland and Brussels, Belgium -- both in 1970.
Rob Halford of Judas Priest wrote liner notes that will be included in the accompanying hardbound book.
Black Sabbath plays the final North American date of its The End farewell tour the following day, November 12, in San Antonio. The tour finishes February 2 and 4 in the group's home town of Birmingham, England.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.