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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From Bond to a snuff box: the Gilbert collections

17 January 2022

Collections relating to leading British film director Lewis Gilbert (1920-2018) and his wife of 53 years Hylda (d.2005) provided very different lots for Billingshurst auction house Bellmans (22% buyer’s premium).

Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy ballgown

The Givenchy ballgown that Hepburn dazzled in

15 January 2022

Audrey Hepburn’s Givenchy ballgown as worn in the 1957 film 'Love In The Afternoon' was the star of the December 7 sale at London fashion specialist Kerry Taylor (25% buyer’s premium).

Sir Michael Caine and Lady Shakira Caine.

Not a Lot of People Know That: Sir Michael Caine auction comes to Bonhams

12 January 2022

A Rolex wristwatch, spectacles, a director’s chair, film posters and artwork owned by Sir Michael Caine are among the items to be offered at Bonhams.

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Star Wars, Indian version

10 January 2022

Among the unexpected performers at the Prop Store’s (25% buyer’s premium) entertainment memorabilia sale was a single-sheet Star Wars poster.

Ste Croix et Les Rasses

Skiing posters slide into January sales

23 December 2021

Whether or not you can make it to the slopes this season, a skiing poster for your wall at home is always an attractive option.

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Head of Joaquin and Jack’s three fingers

13 December 2021

A live online October 28 sale held by Forum (25/20/12.5% buyer’s premium) attracted a much higher than expected bid for this small and rather browned poster promising that, for one day only, visitors to The ‘Stockton House’ could view not only the preserved head of the renowned bandit Joaquin, but ‘the hand of Three Fingered Jack!’

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Bidders spellbound in the US

06 December 2021

Single-owner collections offer magical selections days apart in two salerooms

Harriet Williams and Sylwia Newman

“It was a spur of the moment thing”: Specialist poster fair provides boost for sector

08 November 2021

Poster market thought to be the first such specialist UK event will return for a second instalment

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Cycling gears up at auction

08 November 2021

A group of “rare and interesting” 20th century cycling ephemera relating primarily to the Olympic Games offered by Catherine Southon (20% buyer’s premium) came from the collection of cycling journalist David Taylor (1937-2020).

Rolling Stones poster

Auction record for Rolling Stones poster

04 November 2021

A rare concert poster promoting The Rolling Stones’ run at the Windsor R&B club in the early Sixties sold for £30,000 on October 28.

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Cuffs that could not hold Houdini

18 October 2021

On October 30 in Chicago Potter & Potter is holding the first part of the Ken Klosterman collection of magic-related artefacts.

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Dapper dummy made in Austria, brought to UK, now heads to US

18 October 2021

This ventriloquist’s dapper dummy was one of the surprise star turns at Halls’ (23% buyer’s premium) Shrewsbury auction.

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Time to buy a Bond film poster

11 October 2021

To coincide with the belated launch of 'No Time to Die', Lyon & Turnbull of Edinburgh is offering a fine selection of 007 designs as part of a specialist sale of vintage posters held in partnership with specialist Tomkinson Churcher on October 19.

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And there’s Moore...

11 October 2021

Bellmans is selling the script and production archive of film director, producer and screenwriter Lewis Gilbert (1920-2018) on November 17-18.

The Man with the Golden Gun books

Latest James Bond film prompts art and antiques firms to promote memorabilia

29 September 2021

The James Bond film ‘No Time To Die’ will be released on September 30 (after pandemic delays) and a number of auction houses and dealers have a selection of related items for sale.

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Carry On down the saleroom

27 September 2021

Most original British quad posters from the series of 'Carry On' films can be bought for sums in the £50-300 price bracket but a number of rarities exist.

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Rare reward poster for never recovered ‘Irish Crown Jewels’

20 September 2021

The so-called Irish Crown Jewels or State Jewels of Ireland, were created in 1831 for the Sovereign and Grand Master of the Order of St Patrick. The order was established as an Irish equivalent of the English order of the Garter and the Scottish Order of the Thistle.

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Pantastic poster on offer at York National Book Fair

06 September 2021

This poster was used in the promotion of the first-ever stage production of Peter Pan.

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Barn find jukebox could be golden oldie

30 August 2021

A classic ‘barn find’ piece, this somewhat dilapidated jukebox was spotted as a potential golden oldie at Gardiner Houlgate (22% buyer’s premium).

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Film classic Zulu poster comes up at Singapore auction

16 August 2021

Hotlotz in Singapore holds a single-owner online auction on August 22 featuring the ‘property of a gentleman’.

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