The Osbournes have taken control of Black Sabbath material that’s been recently placed up for auction. The rare collection was discovered in London sometime in the 1980s. The Osbournes got involved and decided that they would keep Ozzy’s artifacts in the family.
Although some fans wanted the Black Sabbath memorabilia, Ozzy’s family is bringing his belongings safely home.
Reportedly, the collection of Black Sabbath memorabilia was found by a London, Sheffield resident when the old London Dockland was demolished. The items were dated from 1968-1973.
The Star, reported, “The items included postcards from Ozzy to his parents and lyrics to early Sabbath songs. They were scheduled to be auctioned by Sheffield Auction Gallery.”
Auctioneer Stephen Flintoft said, “It was a great piece of hard rock history and we were delighted to be able to bring it to the market.”
The Sheffield Auction Gallery even confirmed the purchase. “The items have been 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 Black Sabbath items up for auction would have been significant collector items. The collection dates from 1968-1973 included: Rare Earth publicity posters, the band that became Black Sabbath, and some of Ozzy Osbourne’s hand-written song lyrics and pictures.
Crown Jewel Of The Auction
The crown jewel of the collection was the handwritten lyrics headed to the song “Changing Phases” a title later changed to “Solitude.” The song was recorded as part of Black Sabbath’s album Master of Reality (1971)
Other items found from the collection included postcards, flyers, and photographs. All of which were from the days when Black Sabbath was still known as Earth.
So why did the band change their name? When Geezer Butler saw an apparition at the foot of his bed one night, it prompted Butler to stop his flirtation with the dark arts. Osbourne later penned a song containing the details of this apparition. They then performed this song called ‘Black Sabbath’. The band saw that it got a lot of reaction from their audience unlike any they’ve seen before. And so they decided to change their name from Earth to Black Sabbath.