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A UK auction over the weekend took place with a showcase piece missing from the lineup after a decision was made not to sell a piano from Abbey Road Studios used by the Beatles and Pink Floyd. (story). A collection of sketches was also pulled from another auction - but more than concern over whether the 1800's sketches would bring high enough bids may have been behind the decision to withhold them.  The four pieces, done in pencil in 1848 by artist John Everett Millais at the age of 14, were discovered inside a Led Zeppelin album owned by a personal assistant to Jimmy Page that died in January .  The woman who found the artworks presumed Rick Hobbs had been given the pieces by Page, a collector of Victorian art, and tucked them into the album as a way of preserving their condition.  The fact the items were abruptly pulled before the sale has triggered speculation that Rick Hobbs may have actually helped himself to the pieces without his employer's knowledge and concealed them in the album.  The auction house handling the scheduled sale Saturday (8/14) in Honiton, Devon, UK has not commented on whether a claim of ownership by the Led Zeppelin guitarist was responsible for the decision to suspend the sale.


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