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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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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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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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.

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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.

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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Charles Loupot poster for Mekka cigarettes emerges at Swann

26 July 2021

Swann’s sale of vintage posters in New York on August 5 will include this poster from 1919 designed by Charles Loupot to advertise Mekka cigarettes.

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Art market: Bowie sprinkles saleroom stardust

19 July 2021

Record for a painting by the music legend David Bowie leads a look at rockstar attempts at visual art

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Bob Dylan art stays on track at auction

19 July 2021

Artworks by another legendary musician, Bob Dylan (b.1941), drew decent competition once again at Tennants (20% buyer’s premium) this summer.

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Early work by Pink Floyd’s Syd Barrett doubles artist's auction record

19 July 2021

An early painting by Roger ‘Syd’ Barrett (1946-2006) of Pink Floyd led a 200-lot picture section at a recent Cheffins (22.5% buyer’s premium) sale.

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Broders brings elegance at varied sale

21 June 2021

Poster Auctions International holds a 500-lot auction that includes Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modern, and Contemporary designs by a mix of designers.

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Posters selling well at Kent specialist shop

14 June 2021

Karen and Paul Rennie of Rennies Seaside Modern in Folkestone are well-known collector/dealers in Modern British design.

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Pick of the week: The Kitchener call to arms that inspired a classic poster design

07 June 2021

The stern face, luxurious moustache and pointing finger are instantly familiar – but the message below Kitchener’s intense gaze not so.

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Present from Thai king to King of Rock ‘n’ Roll

07 June 2021

A combination cigarette case and lighter given to Elvis Presley by the king of Thailand sold for six times its top estimate.

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You can be sure of Shell poster popularity

31 May 2021

Lyon & Turnbull’s Lalique sale had been displayed at the Mall Galleries in London with posters from the Shell Heritage Art Collection as a backdrop.

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Return to centre: Huge Elvis fan finds new home for dealers

17 May 2021

Following the closure earlier this year of the Pickering Antiques Centre in North Yorkshire, which opened in 2018, manager Mark Witherington has found a new home in the town for some of the dealers.

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