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.


Alice in Wonderland

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland collection heads to auction in Oxford

18 January 2017

An auction of 3000 items from the estate of the late antiquarian book dealer Thomas Schuster is big news for fans of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Hendrix guitar

Hendrix guitar leads Bonhams London memorabilia auction

04 January 2017

Guitars owned by music legends Jimi Hendrix and Prince were the stars of Bonhams December 15 Entertainment Memorabilia auction in London.

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War of the Worlds film poster from 1953 on offer at Dudley auction

25 November 2016

The War of the Worlds 1953 British quad film poster is regarded as a scarce must-have in that collecting market.

John Adams

The Presidential Selection: John Adams

01 November 2016

In the run-up to the US election on November 8, Frances Allitt takes a look at the objects previous presidents borrowed, bought – and sometimes broke.

John Lennon letter

Letter from John Lennon to the Queen bought for £10 could earn owner £60,000

29 October 2016

John Lennon’s letter to the Queen returning his MBE could make its £60,000 for the vendor who acquired it for only £10.

The Beatles photographer Tom Murray

New album by The Beatles photographer offered as part of charity auction

26 October 2016

A limited edition photo of two members of The Beatles and a new signed monograph by the photographer who took it are part of a 107-lot timed charity auction that closes on November 6.

Gibbs SR Toothpaste advert storyboard

A moment in TV history – storyboard for the first British TV advert at auction

25 October 2016

C&T Auctioneers will hold its first sale dedicated to mechanical, music scientific instruments and technical apparatus under its newly appointed specialist Laurence Fisher on November 2.

The Jam memorabilia

Paul Weller’s shoes among highlights of The Jam memorabilia auction

10 October 2016

Frontman Paul Weller’s shoes and bassist Bruce Foxton’s guitars were among 800 lots of The Jam memorabilia auctioned at the weekend.

Reagan's Berlin wall

Reagan result rises beyond expectation at auction of president's memorabilia

26 September 2016

A sale of items once owned by President Ronald Reagan and his wife Nancy soared to a hammer total of $5.74m at Christie’s New York last week.

Poster from The Golden Voyage of Sinbad

Lights, camera, action: film prop auction comes to London’s IMAX cinema

16 September 2016

Film buffs take note, auctioneers Thomas Plant and Neil Shuttleworth of Special Auction Services are to preside over a movie memorabilia auction on September 27 totalling nearly 600 lots.

Black Sabbath memorabilia

The Osbournes swoop on Black Sabbath memorabilia

15 September 2016

The Osbourne family have snapped up Black Sabbath memorabilia ahead of a planned auction in Sheffield.

The Jam memorabilia

That's entertainment: exhibition of The Jam memorabilia to be sold off at Adam Partridge

13 September 2016

The majority of a collection that was previously part of a long-running public exhibition of The Jam memorabilia comes to auction in Liverpool this October.

Bueche Girod gold watch

Memorabilia from rock band The Who to be auctioned

11 September 2016

A gold watch given by The Who drummer Keith Moon and John Entwistle’s Anello & Davide tan suede heeled boots are among the lots up for sale in the Film & Music Memorabilia Auction at Aston’s Auctioneers on September 15.

Tommy Cooper Blackpool poster

Just Like That! V&A acquires Tommy Cooper collection

29 August 2016

With his trademark fez and deceptively shambolic stage persona, Tommy Cooper was one of Britain’s best known TV personalities. Now the Victoria & Albert Museum is acknowledging his fame and popularity with the announcement that they have acquired the comedian’s memorabilia collection.

Truman Capote Ashes

Auction of Capote's ashes keep author larger than life even in death

19 August 2016

The ashes of author Truman Capote are to go under the hammer at a Los Angeles auction of entertainment memorabilia next month.

Melted Mac from Tekserve

A thing of the past: auction of computer history follows closure of famous electronics shop

19 August 2016

A significant collection of computer history is to be auctioned off following the closure of a famous electronics shop, where the collection was compiled over nearly 30 years.

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Early Earth aka Black Sabbath memorabilia coming up at Sheffield auction

13 August 2016

Ozzy Osbourne is famous for not only fronting the trailblazing heavy metal band Black Sabbath but also drink and drugs and wild antics such as biting the head off a bat on stage.

Ghostbusters Marshmallow Man toy

Original Ghostbusters merchandise at specialist toy auction in Bristol

25 July 2016

Who you gonna call? If you have ectoplasm seeping through the floorboards then ‘Ghostbusters’ is the obvious answer, shouted loudly.

Boba Fett Star Wars figure auction record

‘Le Boba’ sets auction record for Star Wars figure, selling for £21,000 at Vectis

25 July 2016

A new record for a Star Wars production figure was established at Vectis' latest sale when a French issue of Boba Fett, the memorable bit-part character in ‘The Empire Strikes Back’, sold for £21,000.

Specialists leave Christie’s as regular poster auctions end at South Kensington saleroom

21 July 2016

Christie’s South Kensington have ceased regular sales of vintage posters. The leading player in the popular collecting field say that they will now offer posters for sale in online auctions when the opportunity to sell an exceptional collection arises.

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Bamfords
Fine Art & Antiques
17 Jan 2017 - 10:30 AM
Bristol Auctions
Antiques & Collectables
19 Jan 2017 - 09:55 AM
Adam Partridge
Antiques & Fine Art with Stamps & Ephemera
19 Jan 2017 - 10:00 AM
Gerrards Auction Rooms
Two-Day Sale of Fine Arts, Antiques, Jewellery, Silver & Quality Collectables
19 Jan 2017 - 10:00 AM
Morphets
Collectors' Sale followed by Furniture & Design for Home & Garden
19 Jan 2017 - 17:00 PM
Rye Auction Galleries
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20 Jan 2017 - 00:00 AM
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