Where do Doors-related items rate with collectors?

By Susan Sliwicki

The Doors are one heck of an influential band. But don’t expect their collectibles to leapfrog past those of fellow ’60s artists The Beatles any time soon.

While select pieces of Doors-related memorabilia have done well — Jim Morrison’s signed copy of “The New Creates” together with “The Lords/Notes on Vision,” which recently sold for $5,795 comes to mind — there just isn’t the same depth and breadth to Doors-related collectibles as exists for other bands.

Depending on your point of view, this could be good news. If you’re a big-time fan, it means collectibles are likely in reach of your budget. If you’re strictly collecting Doors memorabilia with the hopes of getting rich, though, you should probably swap teams and get on The Beatles’ bandwagon (or maybe even pick up some KISS collectibles).

• A limited-run picture disc plus photo lot of The Doors’ Jim Morrison drew $250 in an online auction.

OK, OK, so technically, this column is called “Beyond Vinyl,” and this lot definitely lands in the record category. But the seller’s description — including a remark that he didn’t have a record player to test the disc, so he was unsure whether there were any scratches — suggests this was treated more as a piece of memorabilia.

This disc, titled “The Doors — The Lizard King,” was one of 500 made, and it was accompanied by an 8 ”x 10” photo. The front side of the disc is in color, and the back side is in black and white.

The disc is a combination of sessions — Smothers Brothers Show in December 1968; Matrix, San Francisco, Oct. 3, 1967; Matrix, San Francisco — July 3, 1967. Featured songs include “Touch Me,” “I Can’t See Your Face In My Mind,” “People Are Strange,” “Summers Almost Gone,” “The Crystal Ship,” “Unhappy Girl,” “Orange County Suite” and a 20-minute version of “The Lizard King” from Westbury, Conn., in 1969. According to the seller, the photo has slight condition issues, and the seller grades the total package a six out of possible 10.

• A statue of The Doors’ Jim Morrison by Marko recently sold for $105 in an online auction. The bronze-finished piece is 17 inches tall and weighs approximately 9 pounds.

• A good-condition Video CD copy of “The Doors: The Best of Doors Jim Morrison” sold for $68. The 71-minute production was first offered in 1997.

• A color concert photograph of The Doors shot in 1970 sold for $49.85. According to the seller, the 8-1/2” x 11-3/4” print was made by the photographer from the original negative. Other than some dimpling and an abrasion along the top edge, the photo was listed in excellent condition.

• Collectibles come in a lot of different formats, and a tapestry-style vintage throw blanket of The Doors’ Jim Morrison is one that caught a buyer’s eye recently. The 6-foot-by-4-foot blanket, which the seller said had been used as a wall decoration, then stored in a box, sold for $47.

• You know you’ve made it when you’ve got your own action figure, and Jim Morrison McFarlanes showed up a few times. The first one, listed in new condition in the box, sold for $40. The figure is described as 6 inches tall; no other information is offered. The second was listed as an “extremely rare” McFarlane Jim Morrison “Spawn” figure, and it brought $39 at auction — not bad considering the package was heavily worn with creases, dents and warps, according to the description.

• Vintage T-shirts are an area that experts say has been showing growing interest among collectors, and The Doors are no exception. A size XL vintage Jim Morrison T-shirt that had some small holes under the armpits and some pinholes in the front of the shirt brought $39.99 at auction.

A size XS/S vintage Doors T-shirt brought $27.34 at auction — not bad considering the limited size. A brand-new, size medium Converse T-shirt, still with its tags, sold for $19.99

And a lot featuring a collection of Morrison/Doors memorabilia, including a T-shirt, a 283-page book by Hyperion a 245-page Doors songbook and a copy of the Jim Morrison biography “No One Here Gets Out Alive” sold for $22.50.

Other featured items include:
• A copy of the Sept. 17, 1981, issue of Rolling Stone issue regarding the death of Jim Morrison, $24

• A pair of CDs featuring an interview with Jim Morrison and his girlfriend, Pamela Courson, as well as Jim Morrison’s complete first poetry session, $19.99.

• A lot of five vintage Doors posters, $19.99.

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4 thoughts on “Where do Doors-related items rate with collectors?

  1. With the exception of Morrison’s privately published books, the items mentioned in the article are lower-end Doors collectibles. There are plenty of Beatles collectibles to be had for under $100, but they don’t represent the overall collectibility of that band either.

  2. This has got to be the dumbest article I’ve ever read concerning The Doors memorabilia….what’s with your selection of items??
    Action figures, commemorative posters and shitty commonplace bootlegs?
    You REALLY know what you’re talking about here…there’s a whole range of collectibles to be had in the $1000-10000 price range for Doors collectors, this not counting the obvious privately published Morrison books…..one of the highest priced 60s rocknroll concerposters ever sold at a public auction featured among others, guess who….THE DOORS! Thanks for giving knowledgeable people a good laugh..!

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