By Courtney E. Smith
The antics of Led Zeppelin in the ’70s are the stuff of rock legend. And most of those legends are too NSFW to be printed by this outlet.
However, photographic proof has surfaced that pushes one of the legends into the arena of truth. Privately owned British auction house Bonhams have put up a lot of photos of the band from March of 1973 that document their reception in Stockholm at the Chat Noir club, the city’s leading sex club.
On its website, Bonhams elaborate on the events of the evening, saying, “[d]uring the proceedings, which included a naked couple performing on a small stage, the band was presented with a number of gold album sales awards.” The event was suggested by the band’s manager, Peter Grant, and hosted by Metronome Records, who represented their label Atlantic Records in Sweden.
For interested bidders, the lot contains 56 black & white negatives shot by Bengt H. Malmqvist, corresponding prints and two contact sheets that detail the wild evening. Bonhams says that the majority of the images up for auction are never-before-seen.
The pictures of the event can be found on the Bonhams website.