A Ronnie James Dio Documentary Is on the Way

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Fans will get a peek inside the life and times of legendary rocker Ronnie James Dio, thanks to BMG.

Fans will get a peek inside the life and times of legendary rocker Ronnie James Dio, thanks to BMG. The media company announced on Tuesday (Feb. 18) that its next film will focus on the rock icon, marking the first documentary to be fully authorized by his estate.

Helmed by Don Argott and Damian Fenton, the film is currently in production and will include never-before-seen archival footage and photos from his personal archives, as well as scenes with his closest peers, friends and family.

The film will complete Dio’s unfinished autobiography, which he was working on before his untimely death from stomach cancer in 2010. His career spanned from 1950s to the 2000s serving as the frontman for some of rock’s brightest including Elf, Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Dio and Heaven & Hell. The film will touch on everything from playing sold-out stadiums to battling illness, from his powerful voice to his gentle heart.

The American rockstar, who famously replaced Ozzy Osbourne as lead singer of the heavy metal band, died in May 2016 of stomach cancer.

Now Black Sabbath fans can bid on a bevy of the vocalist’s belongings, which are going under the hammer at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York.

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Lots include original album artwork, including the acrylic painting used as the cover for Dio’s 1984 album The Last in Line, which is set to sell for $20,000 to $30,000.

Dio’s moon and star patchwork jeans are valued at $2,000 to $4,000 and his personalized velour hooded robe, from the 1981 Mob Rules tour, is valued at $1,000 to $2,000.

Other items up for grabs include Dio’s personal rolling wardrobe case and a huge animatronic dragon’s head from the 1985 Sacred Heart tour.

The case – which is covered in stickers and was taken by the musician on tour, is expected to sell for $800 to $1,200 and the dragon’s head is valued at $3,000 to $5,000.

A robotic sphinx from the band’s 1984 The Last In Line tour has a price tag of $$2,000 to $4,000, while a custom Charvel guitar which has a one-of-a-kind wizard motif is valued at $3,000 to $5,000.

The stash will be sold by Julien’s Auctions at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York on September 14 and 15.

Darren Julien, President and CEO of the auction house, said: “Dio stands atop the colossal rock legends of our time as the definitive heavy metal hero whose voice, style and persona influenced heavy metal and today’s music icons like no other.

“Julien’s Auctions salutes Dio’s enduring legacy in this larger than life collection of his artifacts that will surely be the ultimate metal auction of the season.”

 

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