2024-06-07

The Case of the Painted Floorboards (v 2.024)

Picture by Mick Rock.
Still Life with stereo, tape recorder and pot of paint. Picture: Mick Rock.

Any colour you like

In 2012, that’s over a decade ago!, the Holy Church published an article titled: The Case of the Painted Floorboards (v 2.012). In it, we compared the different testimonies about the true colours of the floorboards in Syd’s apartment. Over the years, people have attributed different colours, and it seemed funny to list these, once and for all. Boy, were we wrong!

These colours ranged from blue (Iggy Rose, Jennifer Spires) to green (Jenny Fabian) to turquoise (Mick Rock), and from orange (Libby Gausden, Malcolm Jones, Mick Rock, Jennifer Spires) to purple (Malcolm Jones) to red (Jenny Fabian, Iggy Rose).

What was meant to be a quirky footnote in the life and works of Syd Barrett suddenly erupted into a floorboard colour war, that was fought openly on social media and privately in chat and mail.

Mourning wood

From time to time people asked if the painted floorboards were still present in Duggie’s flat, hidden under the linoleum floor.

And apparently, it was… The new owner of the Duggie Fields apartment did some renovations and found the intact wooden planks.

And these are now up for a Vinyl and Memorabilia Showcase auction at Omega Auctions, on the 2nd of July, 2024 at 10:00 AM.

Syds floor. Picture: Omega Auctions.
Syd's floor 2024. Picture: Omega Auctions.

PINK FLOYD/SYD BARRETT INTEREST - THE ORIGINAL PAINTED WOODEN FLOORBOARDS FROM MADCAP LAUGHS ALBUM COVER.

An incredible chance to own the painted orange and blue wooden floor, famously depicted on the cover of Syd Barrett's seminal solo LP 'The Madcap Laughs' (1970). The vendor purchased the flat in London used by Syd for the album cover shoot and removed the boards during renovations. Approx 70 planks in total, most in 3m lengths. Please contact us for transportation options.

Estimate
£5,000 - £10,000
Buyer's premium: 28.80% inc VAT

Syds floor. Picture: Omega Auctions.
Syd's floor 2024. Picture: Omega Auctions.

URL: https://bid.omegaauctions.co.uk/auction/lot/293-pink-floydsyd-barrett-interest---the-original-painted-wooden-floorboards-from-madcap-laughs-album-cover/?lot=55480

This article will be updated after the auction has taken place or when more information is available.

Syds floor. Picture: Omega Auctions. Syds floor. Picture: Omega Auctions.
Syd's floor 2024. Picture: Omega Auctions.

The Church wishes to thank: Gretta Barclay, Duggie Fields, Iggy Rose, Jenny Fabian, Jenny Spires, Libby Gausden, Malcolm Jones, Mick Rock, Omega Auctions, Pink Floyd Collectors. Wooden Floor Pictures by Mick Rock and Omega Auctions.

Previous articles about Syd's floor can be found at:
2010: The Case of the Painted Floorboards 
2012: The Case of the Painted Floorboards (v 2.012) 

♥ Libby ♥ Iggy ♥