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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ATG letter: Mystery of the missing Fleetwood Mac member

19 August 2019

MADAM – I was interested to see in Auction Reports, ATG No 2403, an early photograph of the band Fleetwood Mac. But I was even more interested when on closer inspection I noticed that Peter Green, the ‘star’ of the band, wasn’t in the picture at all, even though your story mentioned that he was.

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Venetian travel poster, diamond clutch bag and a puffin painting – four auction highlights that caught bidders’ eyes in the last week

09 August 2019

ATG’s selection of hammer highlights over the past week includes a Venetian travel poster of a gondolier, a diamond evening clutch bag and a painting of a lady with a puffin.

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Dracula lobby cards from 1931 film taken to record high in Dallas

05 August 2019

Two lobby cards for the 1931 film ‘Dracula’ led Heritage Auctions’ latest sale of movie posters when each sold for a six-figure sum.

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Music poster group makes major hit at auction

05 August 2019

A lot comprising 31 posters plugging top groups and festivals from 1969-72 was the major hit at Bellmans’ (22% buyer’s premium) Photographs, Posters and Prints sale.

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James Bond’s 1965 Aston Martin DB5 comes to auction complete with ejector seat

03 August 2019

It has built-in machine guns, grenade storage, an ejector seat and it’s up for grabs. James Bond’s 1965 Aston Martin DB5 from Goldfinger and Thunderball is going under the hammer at RM Sotheby’s this month.

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Colour photos of 'lost' Dr Who 'Power of the Daleks' episode soar at auction

24 July 2019

A collection of rare colour photographs from a ‘lost’ Dr Who episode proved the enduring appeal of the TV show’s memorabilia last week as it was bid to more than four times its high estimate.

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Pick of the week: ‘Blonde bombshell’ poster makes big impact at auction

22 July 2019

A controversial Second World War poster by renowned designer Abram Games (1914-96) has sold for what is believed to be an auction record.

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Auction record as Boba Fett blasts to new Star Wars high

22 July 2019

An auction record for a Star Wars toy was established when Hake’s Auctions of York, Pennsylvania, sold a rocket-firing Boba Fett action figure for $95,700 (£76,600).

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Olympic upheaval as posters reveal convoluted history of the wartime Games

22 July 2019

These two posters which will be offered for sale by Swann Auction Galleries in New York on August 7 illustrate the convoluted history of the Olympic Games during the Second World War era.

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Alfred Hitchcock’s 'The 39 Steps' poster emerges in Dallas

22 July 2019

This poster for Alfred Hitchcock’s The 39 Steps is one of the rarer entries in Heritage Auctions’ July 27-28 sale of posters to be held in Dallas.

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Star Wars Tie Bomber toy found untouched in Leicestershire attic makes 10 times estimate at Hansons auction

24 June 2019

The force was strong with a sale of Star Wars toys at Hansons of Derbyshire last week as 90 lots fetched a hammer total of £24,000.

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Signed Harry Potter book comes to auction in County Durham

19 June 2019

A signed hardback copy of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, plus other associated memorabilia, will be offered at Vectis Auctions in Stockton-on-Tees.

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Leonard Cohen's love letters to muse Marianne sell for five times estimate at Christie’s auction

17 June 2019

Letters from Canadian poet, singer-songwriter and novelist Leonard Cohen to his muse Marianne Ihlen have sold for a total $700,800 ($876,000 including buyer’s premium).

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Why EM Ginn’s Expert sounded perfect at £8500

17 June 2019

The sale of a remarkable gramophone collection two years ago at the Cotswold Auction Company (20% buyer’s premium), in which an EMG gramophone took £6500, prompted the consignment of another large collection to the June 4 sale at the Cheltenham rooms.

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Only Fools and Horses millionaire cheque sold for £9100 at Bristol auction

14 June 2019

The £6.2m cheque that finally made the Trotter brothers millionaires was hammered down at £9100 (plus 18% buyer’s premium) at auction in Bristol.

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Dealer son of D-Day soldier acquires landings poster and returns to France for commemoration

06 June 2019

Nigel Talbot of Grosvenor Prints recently added the Second World War poster This is the Year to his personal collection.

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New York auctions to celebrate the LGBTQ community and mark 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising

05 June 2019

As the Pride season begins this month with a series of events and parades in major cities to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, Sotheby’s, Bonhams and Swann Auction Galleries are to hold auctions honouring the movement.

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Marilyn Monroe earrings, necklace and more memorabilia goes under the hammer in Beverley Hills

04 June 2019

In 1953, Marilyn Monroe told the world that diamonds are a girl’s best friend. But a pair of rhinestone earrings going under the hammer next week with a five-figure estimate could prove to be pretty dear too.

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When The Beatles soldiered on regardless

03 June 2019

As part of their first world tour, The Beatles played the Princess Theatre in Hong Kong twice in June 1964.

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Fifteen foot long Monty Python credits scroll comes to auction in Bristol

30 May 2019

East Bristol Auctions is to offer a 15 ft-long credit scroll from an episode of ‘Monty Python’s Flying Circus’.

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