News Segment


June 21, 2004

COLTS NECK, N.J. – Years ago, Alec John Such provided the backbeat for one of the biggest bands in the world as the bassist for Bon Jovi. But it’s been 10 years since he left the group, and he wants to move to a smaller place.

So he decided to auction off a bunch of old memorabilia Sunday, the third such sale he’s held in recent years. This time, though, there were not so many buyers.

A few Fender bass guitars sold for $700 to $750, and a 1960 MGA Roadster convertible went for $7,500. All told, the auction netted about $30,000 from 300 items.

Last year, a similar auction sold 1,200 items and made a $300,000 profit, and a 2000 auction took in $400,000.

Pam and Chauncey Cozine of nearby Middletown, where Jon Bon Jovi lives, bought $1,525 worth of memorabilia, including an autographed Fender bass and a platinum album award for 1992’s “Keep The Faith.”

“We’ve been fans of Bon Jovi’s since his big-hair days in the 1980s,” Pam Cozine said. “I thought they were going to sell everything here for a lot more. I didn’t think we’d get anything.”

Such is also selling his colonial-style home and three acres of property.

“I broke my hip when my car was hit head-on by a drunk driver in 1995,” said Such, 52. “I just don’t feel like walking up and down stairs anymore.”

Courtesy of Associated Press