The late Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett, from Cambridge, was a co-founder of the 1960’s music group ‘Pink Floyd’ and performed on lead guitar and vocals. He also composed many of their songs. He was responsible for inspiring an entire generation of musicians to develop their own indigenous brand of English rock music.

Syd was quintessentially English, penning idiosyncratic songs unique in style and tone.  He had a hugely attractive personality and with his good looks he was difficult to ignore. He was a quick witted clown who kept family and friends laughing at his good natured cheekiness throughout his younger years. Always interested in experimenting with music, he played the recorder, piano, ukulele, Jews harp and guitar all to a good standard.

 

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On this date two years ago a painting Syd Barrett created when he was a 15-year-old schoolboy sold for almost ten times its estimate at auction.

The Van Gogh-esque watercolours and pastel picture is called Orange Dahlias in a Vase and it went under the hammer at Cheffins Art & Design Sale in Cambridge, Thursday 27th May 2021 with an estimate of £3,000 to £5,000.

Obliterating its guide price, Orange Dahlias in a Vase sold for a massive £28,270 to a collector from Italy who was bidding online.

Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett painted Orange Dahlias in a Vase almost 60 years ago in October 1961 when he was a pupil at Cambridgeshire High School for Boys alongside Roger Waters and Pink Floyd artist Storm Thorgerson.

He gave the painting to art teacher Gerald Harden shortly before he left to study art at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology and it has remained with Harden’s family until now.

Philip Harden, Gerald Harden’s son, who sold the picture, says: “We couldn’t be more thrilled with this result. The picture has always been incredibly special to me and has an energy to it which is quite unlike anything else.

“I am sure that Roger would be completely amazed if he knew a picture from his schooldays could have made this type of money. He was a great friend when we were children, a kind and thoughtful person and I am so pleased that there is a buyer out there who will treasure this picture as he stood for so many things in different people’s minds.”

Syd Barrett's Orange Dahlias in a Vase painting
Brett Tryner, Director at Cheffins, adds: “As a window into the pre-Pink Floyd days of Syd Barrett, the success of the sale of this picture is a testament to his popularity as one of the greatest icons in the world of rock music.

“There are few original pictures by Syd Barrett still in existence, especially as during the later years he took to finishing a painting, photographing it and then burning the canvas. This ensured that the picture saw a great deal of pre-sale interest, including almost 30 commission bids ahead of the ahead, some from his legions of fans the world over.

“It is clear from this work that not only was Barrett one of the most talented musicians of our time, but he was also an accomplished artist.”
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On this date two years ago a painting Syd Barrett created when he was a 15-year-old schoolboy sold for almost ten times its estimate at auction.

The Van Gogh-esque watercolours and pastel picture is called Orange Dahlias in a Vase and it went under the hammer at Cheffins Art & Design Sale in Cambridge, Thursday 27th May 2021 with an estimate of £3,000 to £5,000.

Obliterating its guide price, Orange Dahlias in a Vase sold for a massive £28,270 to a collector from Italy who was bidding online.

Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett painted Orange Dahlias in a Vase almost 60 years ago in October 1961 when he was a pupil at Cambridgeshire High School for Boys alongside Roger Waters and Pink Floyd artist Storm Thorgerson.

He gave the painting to art teacher Gerald Harden shortly before he left to study art at Cambridgeshire College of Arts and Technology and it has remained with Harden’s family until now.

Philip Harden, Gerald Harden’s son, who sold the picture, says: “We couldn’t be more thrilled with this result. The picture has always been incredibly special to me and has an energy to it which is quite unlike anything else.

“I am sure that Roger would be completely amazed if he knew a picture from his schooldays could have made this type of money. He was a great friend when we were children, a kind and thoughtful person and I am so pleased that there is a buyer out there who will treasure this picture as he stood for so many things in different people’s minds.”

Syd Barretts Orange Dahlias in a Vase painting
Brett Tryner, Director at Cheffins, adds: “As a window into the pre-Pink Floyd days of Syd Barrett, the success of the sale of this picture is a testament to his popularity as one of the greatest icons in the world of rock music.

“There are few original pictures by Syd Barrett still in existence, especially as during the later years he took to finishing a painting, photographing it and then burning the canvas. This ensured that the picture saw a great deal of pre-sale interest, including almost 30 commission bids ahead of the ahead, some from his legions of fans the world over.

“It is clear from this work that not only was Barrett one of the most talented musicians of our time, but he was also an accomplished artist.”Image attachment

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It shows what a huge following there is for Syd and all things Pink Floyd, in Italy.

I won this in auctions 😁

I wish more of his work had survived. Maybe Cambridge will set up a permanent museum of sorts one day of his music and art.

Ridiculous really, not worth it, yes Syd’s music is great and unique, yes his tale is sad but fetishising his possessions in this way is just odd imho

Wonderful painting!

Such a beautiful painting ⚡️❤️⚡️❤️⚡️❤️so multitalented

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From 1967, this concert benefited police charities, and tickets were available from local police stations - an unusual place to secure your place at shows like this. ... See MoreSee Less

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I think they should have kept the "The" in their name. Adds an air of mystery imho.

I lie the comment on the flyer “ those fabulous fantastic stars of TV RADIO and RECORDS” !!!

There is a part of me that marvels at the idea of people dancing to Pink Floyd's music.

I have Syd’s autograph from this gig!!

Definitely 2am!

Wow, spring holiday barn dance ! I love this❤️⚡️❤️⚡️❤️⚡️❤️

This would have been so cool to attend. 56 years ago…that’s crazy.

🤘🏽🤘🏽🤘🏽

Why? Cops like Pink Floyd. Police are people too.

“Like”!

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Un gran homenaje. Dylan hecho por syd barret de forma irónica y mofandose es una rola divertida y al mismo tiempo dejando en claro su admiracion

David had this song in his possession and didn't discover it til the early 2000,s . Such a Great song by Syd !!!! ❤️

Love this song so much💎

Love this song!

Didn’t know he wrote a song for dylan

Don't forget your shoes Mr Dylan.

It's amazing the birds that gather.

Meraviglioso

Pink Floyd

Francesco Di Frischia

🖤

Syd was putting out diss tracks back in the day lol love it 😅🥰

Love this ❤️⚡️❤️⚡️thanks for sharing ❤️‍🔥

Just ask Joni about Bob. Syd = spot on.

Thank You!

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