Christie’s Rock and Roll Memorabilia by Peter Doggett and Sarah Hodgson, published by Pavilion Books/Chrysalis Books. ISBN 1862055386 £25hb
NOW that Madonna has taken to writing children's books,
wearing floral frocks and looking earnest in specs, presumably her
black bustier days are over - and what of that small star Geri
Halliwell, whose Union Jack stage outfit worn for the Brit Awards
in 1997, which sold for £41,430 at Sotheby's London a few years
Rock and pop memorabilia has moved out of the collectables arena
and into the mainstream auction houses, with the most exclusive
items being associated with legends both alive and dead, aka the
Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley and Jimi Hendrix. And
then there are the one-offs: £234,750 for Elton John's 1993 Jaguar
XJ220 Christie's 2001; £134,713 for Eric Clapton's prized 1954
Fender Strocaster at Christie's US in 1999.
Sarah Hodgson is head of the Popular Entertainment department at
Christie's London, while Peter Doggett is the department's
consultant. This book looks at all the important areas of the
market including autographs and manuscripts, rare recordings and
records, costumes and personal effects, gold discs, posters and
printed material, paintings and cartoons. Lots of anecdotes and
lists of top ten highest priced items by category on this thriving
market with its high, high prices.
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