Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood angered by LA auction report

Wed Sep 26, 2012 2:17pm EDT
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By Paul Casciato

LONDON (Reuters) - Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood and his ex-wife Jo Wood disagreed on Wednesday over the ownership of some items due to be sold off in an art and memorabilia auction next month as well as over how the sale was billed.

Both issued statements claiming ownership of items reported to be included in an auction to be held at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills on October 27 that was described as a "joint sale". The two separated in 2008 and finalised their divorce in 2011.

"Ronnie was asked by Jo some time ago if he wished to add some items to an auction and he said he did not want to participate," an emailed statement from his spokesman said. "He is therefore shocked and disappointed that this auction is being misrepresented as a joint sale. This is not the case."

A spokeswoman for Jo Wood said the former model was given the items as part of the divorce settlement.

"This is Jo's auction, it includes all the items left to her following the divorce," a statement read out to Reuters over the telephone said. "She's had everything in storage for three years and can't keep it any longer. Ronnie has been kept in the loop of the sale."

Ronnie said he was "staggered" that some of the auction items were his personal belongings, which he said did not pass to Jo as part of the divorce proceedings.

"The Tour Clothes being offered belong to the Rolling Stones and are not hers to sell," the statement said.

"Ronnie feels saddened that Jo has taken this course of action and wants the public to know he has NOT teamed up with Jo on this outrageous sale."   Continued...

Ronnie Wood of the The Rolling Stones walks away after posing at the opening of the exhibition "Rolling Stones: 50" at Somerset House in London July 12, 2012. REUTERS/Ki Price