Lombardo Family plaque image courtesy of gardnergalleries.com
JBNBlog is grateful to James & Grant Gardner of Gardner Galleries for the following news . . . the Lombardo Family London Music Hall of Fame plaque has been withdrawn from an online auction of Lombardo material which starts today (Friday).
JRMA steering committee chair Grant Stein can speak officially on any reaction . . . as a friend of the JRMA & supporter of the proposed, dreamed-of, hoped-for London music hall of Fame, I will be happy to help in any way Grant & others would think right.
Meanwhile, JBNBlog encourages others concerned about ownership of material in the online auction to pursue the matter in hope that reasonable dialogue & goodwill will lead to the sweetest ending this side of heaven . . .
Here is the e-mail from James Gardner received Friday morning . . . there are two Jameses & two Grants here but the meaning should be clear:
Good Morning James and Grant ,
I have spoken with Grant Gardner (President, Gardner Galleries) on this matter and we have decided it is in our best interests to pull the award from the current online auction.
You must understand it is not our award either so we cannot ‘give it to the Lombardo Family or return it to the Jack Richardson Music Awards’ – legally, we must return this item to the consignor Doug Flood who has had possession of this item since 2003. When an item is consigned to auction the consignor signs an agreement stating they have legal ownership/title. If there is a question of ownership it is not for the auction house to decide.