Peter Hook is selling off his amazing Joy Division collection

22 January 2019, 15:40 | Updated: 25 January 2019, 18:37

Peter Hook
Peter Hook. Picture: Julien Lachaussçe/Press

The former bassist with the classic Manchester band is holding an auction of some amazing treasures from the Factory days.

Peter Hook is holding a huge auction of memorabilia from his days in Joy Division.

The full catalogue of the Peter Hook Signature Collection has been posted online in advance of the auction at the beginning of March. The collection features Hooky’s historic collection of Joy Division and Factory Records memorabilia, with some three hundred individual lots assembled over forty years in music.

The collection includes equipment, instruments, rare vinyl, unique artwork and original posters from the era, along with some personal correspondence. Here’s your chance to own some incredible pieces of Joy Division history, including the following gems…

The actual chimes used on Joy Division’s Atmosphere

This is remarkable - the distinctive sound of these chimes can be heard in the classic Joy Division track from 1979. “These were lying around Cargo Studios for years,” says Hooky. “When I changed Cargo to Sweet Sixteen this had gone. Then John Brierley returned them for The Joy Division Exhibition at The Factory.”

The chimes as used on Joy Division's Atmosphere
The chimes as used on Joy Division's Atmosphere. Picture: Omega Auctions/Press

One of the giant Joy Division photos from Anton Corbijn’s Atmosphere video

Skip to 2.37 in the video below to see it in action. “The picture of the four of us hung in Monaco's Studio at Tripps Mews in Didsbury,” says Hooky. “Once a lamp fell over when we went for out for a bender and two days later when we returned it was smouldering, but still hadn't caught fire. It just left the burn mark at the bottom. I said to Pottsy (Monaco frontman), ‘Joy Division are indestructible!’”

Joy Division photo from the Atmosphere video
Joy Division photo from the Atmosphere video. Picture: Omega Auctions/Press

Peter Hook’s six-string bass as used on the Joy Division album Closer

Hooky says: “My second real guitar. Bought from Mameloks Music Shop on Deansgate, Manchester for £149 (on Barney’s recommendation) He said it would suit the way I played. He was absolutely correct and I wrote nearly all of CLOSER’S Basslines on it. This and The Clone Theory Pedal (another Barney recommendation) became MY sound."

Peter Hook's original bass
Peter Hook's original bass. Picture: Omega Auctions/Press

FAC 1 - the very first Factory poster, featuring Joy Division

Hooky says: ”A beautiful Peter Saville Design and famously delivered late, just in time for the last gig. Four great concerts from the Factory’s late 70’s heyday. MANICURED NOISE had a lovely drummer, Stephanie I helped her celebrate her 21st birthday, she had a pet white rat and later went out with Bruce Mitchell of The Durutti Column, no connection."

FAC 1 - the first Factory poster
FAC 1 - the first Factory poster. Picture: Omega Auctions/Press

Hooky’s leather jacket from 1977

"Purchased from a tiny motorbike shop on Deansgate, Manchester,” says Hooky. “Me and Barney bought one each for £45, a fortune in those days. We both wore them to death! His was stolen from the cloakroom at The Ranch after a punk night and he never replaced it. This coat became my trademark. I wore it religiously and was terrified of losing or having it stolen. Doesn’t fit now unfortunately. Decorated with period badges including one of the original Joy Division ones that we made ourselves with Letraset. I can hardly believe how long I wore this jacket! I was looking at True Faith on Top of The Pops 1987 and I’m still wearing it!."

Peter Hook's orginal leather jacket from 1977
Peter Hook's orginal leather jacket from 1977. Picture: Omega Auctions/Press

Also included in the auction are the orginal artwork from Joy Division's debut EP, handwritten letters from Ian Curtis, some master tapes from the band’s genius producer Martin Hannett and - rather sadly - Peter Hook's original itinerary for the cancelled US tour that was due to start on 19 May 1980, the day after Ian's death.

View the full collection here

Fancy bidding on any of these items? The exhibition opens from 25 March in Newton-Le-Willows with the auction on Saturday 2 March from 1pm onwards.

The full auction will be broadcast at Omega Auctions website for online bidding and those unable to attend in person at


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