Joy Division Master Tapes, Gold & Guns Found by Celebrity Chef Jamie Oliver
Here’s a very, very bizarre story: Holy Moly reports that a cache of lost Joy Division and New Order master tapes has been found by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver, of all people, in the basement of a Manchester bank-turned-restaurant. The tapes were discovered alongside an unspecified amount of guns, gold and jewellery — three of the things one would store in a safety deposit box along with a really rough copy of Unknown Pleasures, I guess. The total value of Oliver’s finding? £1.1 million, which comes to about $1.725 million.
Unfortunately, Oliver has already turned the collection over to the British treasury, probably because "finder’s keepers" isn’t an applicable law to stuff that might have belonged to someone. If they’re ever released, I just know that the tapes will be turned into some precious box set of found sounds that will retail for a billion dollars or something ghastly, God willing.