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Syd Barrett love poem to be auctioned Print E-mail
Written by Matt   
Tuesday, 22 May 2007

syd barrettAn illustrated love poem written by the late Syd Barrett for his girlfriend in 1965, will be auctioned at Cheffins Salerooms in their Fine Art Auction to be held on June 27th & 28th in Cambridge.

The poem includes a rare sketch by Barrett, shows his initials RKB in the corner, and depicts his girlfriend dancing at a gig by one of David Gilmour's pre-Pink Floyd bands, Jokers Wild...

The subject of the poem explains more:

"This poem was written for me by Syd Barrett in 1965. I was his girlfriend at this time (my nickname was Twig) and this lovely little poem describes how he felt about me with perfect observations about behaviour, clothes and colours...

"The drawing on the left of the poem shows me dancing and waving my arms in the air... the band playing in the background is ‘Jokers Wild’. This is the band that Dave Gilmour was playing at that time... at the bottom left of the drawing are Syd’s initials RKB." - VB.

syd poem at auction

The illustrated poem (excerpt shown above) is framed and has an estimate of £1,000-2,000. For more details of the sale, contact Cheffins Auctioneers via or telephone them on 01223 213343.

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