It never fails that our truly personal “Rosebud” is humble, perhaps common, and not what others expect. When asked what he would save if the flood waters were rising, Jacques van Gool reflected a moment and then said without embarrassment: a 1975 issue of the Dutch magazine Muziek Express with Kiss on the cover.
This time around we’ll look at current and upcoming auctions, then check out some highlights from recent memorabilia auctions.
Jump suits — these are the ultimate in Elvis Presley memorabilia. The current world Elvis auction record is $300,000 paid for a peacock jump suit worn in several 1974 concerts. Even his Bentley sold for less!
by Stephen M.H. Braitman — People have been sticking little signs and messages on their shirts for a long time. The origins of pins and pin-backs are lost in the beginnings of the early Industrial Revolution, but by the 19th century, politicians and supporters were actively campaigning all over their bodies.
This issue we’ll take a look at some upcoming auctions, then look at some recent prices realized for memorabilia.
If a record turns up that you’ve never seen before, there are plenty of references to help identify it. But for most of what makes up the vast, unruly world of music memorabilia, you’re pretty much on your own. Partly what makes this an exciting collecting field is the high frequency of pleasant surprises. Someone’s always discovering something new, whether it’s a boxing-style R&B poster, or an elaborate promo gewgaw, or a record-company photo of a band under a different name, before they became famous.
by Stephen M.H. Braitman — The world of music promotional items, or swag, has a long and special history. When the music industry started swinging as a commercial force, marketers and publicists took their cue from titans like Coca-Cola and Ford Motor Company. The object, of course, was to spread the brand, make the name known, and sell product.
On the heels of its first successful sports and entertainment sale in June, Collect.com Auctions has announced its first forays into the world of antiques and music memorabilia.
Christie’s latest Pop Culture Auction is a watershed moment for punk and grunge collectibles.
The first installment of Goldmine’s new column defines what is and what isn’t memorabilia and provides details on upcoming auctions and other special events.