Yesterday, an Abbey Road recording console used by Pink Floyd during some of the recording of The Dark Side of the Moon, sold at auction at Bonhams New York. The pre sale estimate of £550,000 for the 40–channel EMI TG12345 MK IV console was easily eclipsed by the final selling price of $1,807,500 (£1,441,842). This is a new world record for an item of technology, the previous record being £718,000 paid for an Apple 1 computer in 2014. It is also easily the most expensive piece of Pink Floyd memorabilia to date.
The console, made in 1971, was housed in Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios, and used by a variety of artists. Other than Pink Floyd, these included the likes of Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Ringo Starr and Kate Bush.