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Friday, 17 November, 2000, 10:16 GMT
Brian Jones pool tiles for sale
Brian Jones
Brian Jones: He was found dead in 1969
Tiles from the swimming pool in which Rolling Stone Brian Jones died in 1969 have gone on sale.

The Brian Jones fan club is selling the tiles from the pool at his one-time country home in Hartfield, Sussex.


It's not as macabre as it sounds

David Reynolds
Each tile costs 115 and comes with a certificate of authenticity from the current owners of the house, who are upgrading the pool.

Proceeds from the sale will go towards a fund to erect a statue of Brian Jones in his home town of Cheltenham.

Since the sale began on the club's website 140 of the 320 blue ceramic tiles have been bought by collectors.

The fund has raised 3,300, about one-sixth of the cost of the statue.

"It's not as macabre as it sounds," said the fan club's David Reynolds.

(Left to right) Brian Jones, Bill Wyman, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts
Heyday: The Rolling Stones in the 1960s.
"It's just owning something that your hero owned and touched and chose."

Jones drowned at his country house, Cotchford Farm - a former home of Winnie the Pooh author AA Milne.

His death in the pool was connected at the time to his heavy use of drugs and alcohol.

Last year Anna Wohlin, who found the singer in the pool, claimed he had been murdered.

She said builder Frank Thorogood - who is now also dead - killed the guitarist in a row over money.

Thorogood was working for Jones at the farm at the time.

In 1994 police re-opened their inquiries into the guitarist's death when a recording of an alleged death-bed confession by Thorogood came to light.

The investigation did not progress.

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