Entertainment Memorabilia

From autographs to stage costumes, musical instruments to locks of hair, posters to film props, entertainment memorabilia encompasses anything that has an association with celebrities in the world of film, popular music and show business.

Certain celebrities or brands can be bankers like The Beatles, Elvis or Bond Films. Broadly speaking, the closer the direct association an item has with the person to whom it relates, the higher the value will be.

Provenance is key in this sector as an important guide to authenticity.


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Famous Skegness Jolly Fisherman comes bracing into view in the bottom corner of a rare poster

22 July 2024

The original Skegness Is So Bracing showing the ‘Jolly Fisherman’ dancing along a beach has become one of the most famous railway posters in the world.

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Olympic Games posters that feature innovative design

22 July 2024

The 1968 Mexico Summer Olympics were the first Games to be staged in Latin America.

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Posters created as political expression in Communist-run Poland

22 July 2024

Roman Cieślewicz (1930-96) and Jan Lenica (1928-2001) were both founders of the Polish School of Posters, the influential and creative artistic movement that sprang up under strict Soviet rule.

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Best of British posters: classic film designs beyond Bond

22 July 2024

A preserved and framed collection with a great provenance dispersed at auction showed the wider strength of a market often dominated by the familiar stars

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Film poster on offer could bring a Fonda memory of Barbarella

22 July 2024

Roger Vadim’s cult classic film 'Barbarella' starring Jane Fonda was released in 1968.

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Car boot Bowie bonanza comes to Derbyshire sale

10 July 2024

Photos of David Bowie by Masayoshi Sukita found at a car boot sale in the 1990s are now a potential star turn at Irita Marriott Auctioneers

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Elvis Presley’s blue suede shoes make £95,000 at auction

05 July 2024

The size 10½ shoes were worn on the Steve Allen Show in 1956 and carried an estimate of £100,000-120,000.

Freddie Mercury Shoes

Bidders go mad for Freddie Mercury’s winkle-picker shoes

04 July 2024

The black leather lace-up shoes with pointed toes worn for 1991 music video ‘I’m Going Slightly Mad’.

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The real Withnail: diaries of Vivian MacKerrell, the actor who inspired Withnail and I, for sale at auction

27 June 2024

Personal effects of the actor who inspired the classic cult film Withnail and I are expected to fetch up to £18,000 at Sotheby's.

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Harry Potter original artwork sells for $1.6m

27 June 2024

Thomas Taylor created the artwork in 1997 aged 23 years old and fresh out of art school.

Willy Wonka golden ticket

Lucky bidder gets Willy Wonka golden ticket

19 June 2024

The production-made ticket is among other television and film auction highlights at Bonhams

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Make a racket about a super collection of tennis posters

10 June 2024

Extensive collection on tennis theme inlcudes early Wimbledon designs and Broders view of Monte Carlo

Boba Fett action figure

Star Wars figure becomes most expensive vintage toy

07 June 2024

Boba Fett action figure takes toy record from a diamond-wearing Barbie doll

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Charlie Chaplin archive revealing 'perfectionism' goes under the hammer at Bonhams

01 June 2024

An extensive archive relating to Charlie Chaplin goes under the hammer at Bonhams next month.

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Prince of Speed Georges Hamel designed nifty posters now sought after by collectors

20 May 2024

Original printings of two of the most familiar automotive posters sold for £15,000 each at Lyon & Turnbull (26% buyer’s premium).

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Posters that steal the show

13 May 2024

Designs promoting exhibitions can be a great way to collect on a tight budget

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Lobby card for The Mummy discovered at auction

13 May 2024

A rare lobby card for The Mummy was brought to life at an auction in Los Angeles

Boba Fett action figure

Rocket-launching Star Wars action figure expected to make sky-high price at auction

07 May 2024

An action figure that never was will be going under the hammer this month.

USS Enterprise

Rediscovered ‘Starship Enterprise’ model returned to son of Star Trek creator with help from Heritage Auctions

24 April 2024

The original 3ft long model of USS Enterprise, used in the original opening credits, has been presented to the son of Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry.

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Copy of Toulouse-Lautrec's first poster emerges in US sale

15 April 2024

'Moulin Rouge, La Goulue' was Henri Toulouse-Lautrec’s first commissioned poster and it launched his poster-making career overnight.

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