What started as a personal passion of a young music fan is today one of the most important private collections of rock art, celebrity art, photographs, album art and memorabilia worldwide. The collection currently includes more than 4,000 exhibits – most of them are unique items and testimonies from the rock and movie history.
It’s always difficult to determine when a passion becomes a passion. During a trip to the Hawaiian Islands in the early 1980s, rock fan Andy Ibach, then 21, fell in love with the painting “Stones in Sepia” by Rolling Stones guitarist Ron Wood in a gallery on Maui. After his father advanced the amount he needed, a happy Andy was able to purchase his first collector’s item.
It was on this trip that he came into contact for the first time with the impressive exhibits that are on display in the Hard Rock Cafés. By chance, Andy met an “art insider” a little later, who is also a middleman and art supplier for collectors such as Charlie Watts (drummer for the Rolling Stones). This contact enabled him to get hold of rare works of art and collectibles.