Music Memorabilia is big business these days. Once there were collectors who sought and paid reasonable sums of money for truly rare items that came to have historical interest but the market was limited.Investors look for items that will bring a good return, but for true fans, many of them baby boomers with ready cash, it may be an item that once belonged to someone they had idolized as a teenager. The connection between rock and roll and music memorabilia has proven to be a powerful one.
Rock fans feel a connection to their heroes that may be hard to understand—or even put into words—but it’s more than just the thing itself that makes people want to own it. If pilgrims in medieval times sought fragments of the true cross, music fans feel nearly the same way when seeking music memorabilia. Perhaps they will pursue a guitar like “Wolf,” Jerry Garcia’s custom-made guitar (it sold for $789,000 in 2002) or the instrument Jimi Hendrix played when he performed his iconic version of “The Star-Spangled Banner” at Woodstock in the middle of the Vietnam War.
In 1981, Sotheby’s held its first dedicated rock and roll memorabilia auction. But the obsessive desire to own memorabilia began years before. While there wasn’t a much of a dedicated memorabilia auction market in the early 60s, young fans wanted a Beatles signed photograph, record album, or whatever was available from a program to a ticket stub that would preserve a memory of a moment. The rock and roll market is now global and growing fast. An abiding interest in western pop culture means that the market for music memorabilia will continue to expand. The internet has played a role in the expansion, too. Now even hedge funds and financial institutions see rock and roll history as a blue-chip investment that lets them diversify.
Throughout the recent month’s companies like Netflix and Hulu amongst other movie streaming platforms have released a plentiful of new documentaries with unseen footage of America’s most listened to music group, The Beatles. Their legacy in the music industry will never be let down as new emerging footage proves. With this being said, the increase in demand for unique memorabilia that reflects the never-ending love for The Beatles is in full swing. Many music collectors, and Beatle fanatics alike are updating their current collections with more rare memorabilia due to low supply. Auction houses and private collectors are typically where the most unique Beatles memorabilia can be found. In today’s blog we are showcasing some of our unique Beatles memorabilia that will make your heart sing.
This is a vintage collectible rare poster. from the 1967 Richard Lester movie “How I Won The War” portraying John Lennon dressed in a USA soldier uniform. This beautifully printed portrait is dedicated: ‘To Alice from John Lennon xxx’ and includes a little cartoon drawn with a blue ink ballpoint pen. The lithograph is elegantly framed in a cream colored shadowbox.
How I Won the War is a 1967 British black comedy film directed and produced by Richard Lester, based on a novel of the same name by Patrick Ryan. The film stars Michael Crawford as bungling British Army Officer Lieutenant Earnest Goodbody, with John Lennon of The Beatles in his only non-musical role as Private Gripweed.
Appraisal Value: $30,000.00
Our Price: $14,995.00
This music memorablia piece includes the autographs of the ‘Fab Four’ in a group of 3 separate pieces of paper apparently signed in different years (John Lennon’s autograph is accompained by the number ‘78). The autographs are professionally framed and matted altogether with a 7x9’’ color lithograph of a photograph shot by Henry Grossman in 1967 in a photoshoot for LIFE Magazine.
Grossman was an American trusted photographer and friend, who participated in both their public and private lives. In 1967 Henry photographed the band with their guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi in Bangor, Wales, when they learned that their manager Brian Epstein had been found dead of a drug overdose. His best-known photograph of the Beatles is a formal portrait shot for the cover of Life Magazine in 1967 and also released as a poster, depicting the band with mustaches and flowery clothes.
Appraisal Value: $50,000.00
Our Price: $23,495.00
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