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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‘Well, I think we’re just out of Waldorfs’

19 September 2022

This camera script produced for the ‘Waldorf Salad’ episode from the second series of Fawlty Towers was offered by East Bristol Auctions (19% buyer’s premium) in a timed online sale that ended on August 23,

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Jet off to the US thanks to Sabena

15 August 2022

Sabena was mainland Europe’s first airline to offer a transatlantic jet service via Boeing 707 and this design by Gaston Van den Eynde is one of a series that he designed to herald the Belgian airline’s jet age.

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JK Rowling’s story that became Inventive and Action Packed

08 August 2022

Offering a copy of the second of JK Rowling’s famous tales to be published, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets of 1998, a lot that featured in a July 16 sale held by Rogers Jones (24% buyer’s premium) was certainly an unusual one.

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Six pieces of music memorabilia sold at auction including David Bowie's police mugshot

29 July 2022

A selection of standout lots sold recently – also featuring Del Boy's discovery of Peckham Spring Water

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New chapter in 007 posters story

25 July 2022

What would appear to be a rare James Bond promotional poster proved the major attraction of a June 14 sale held by TW Gaze (18% buyer’s premium).

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Chelsea exhibition tells tale of grape expectations

18 July 2022

A cheery Retail Fruit Trade Federation 1930s poster promoting healthy breakfast food features in AntikBar’s summer exhibition The visual Impact of Nourishment in Vintage Posters.

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The spy who loved merchandising

11 July 2022

Single-owner group offers 007 toys and gadgets mainly from the Sean Connery era

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Oyster poster could be a perfect catch

11 July 2022

Swann Auction Galleries is holding a sale of vintage posters in New York on August 4.

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Star Wars action toys force market to six-figure frontier

27 June 2022

Boldly going where no production action figure has gone before, a ʻdouble-telescoping’ Luke Skywalker in near mint conditon has sold for close to $100,000.

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Pick of the week: Collection of pop culture ephemera wows at auction

20 June 2022

A collection of pop culture ephemera and football memorabilia found in a Cotswold bungalow was offered across 390 lots at auction.

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Michelin Man reads a map

20 June 2022

A selection of lots relating to vehicles opens Poster Auctions International’s sale in New York on July 12.

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Collector Interview: Poster passion

13 June 2022

Poster fan is particularly proud of his lobby cards highlighting groups ignored in early Hollywood.

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Ideas to get into the swing of it

06 June 2022

With Wimbledon on the way at the end of the month we look at options for memorabilia

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Potter proof set uncovered

23 May 2022

A London saleroom offered what was billed as the only “known” surviving set of uncorrected galley proofs for Harry Potter & the Philosopher’s Stone.

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Punk poster dumped on the floor had a lucrative future

23 May 2022

This original concert poster advertises the second of two now legendary punk rock concerts in Manchester in the summer of 1976.

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Two US previews including a collection of issues of The Marijuana Review

16 May 2022

Two upcoming lots at US book auctions.

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Star Wars figures: The force remains strong

09 May 2022

Power of the Force line was launched as the original Star Wars began to lose its shine but rarest figures still bring demand

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Eighties toys that young at heart today would love

09 May 2022

To mark the new range of Star Wars toys that came with the release of Return of the Jedi in 1983, the Leicester firm Palitoy commissioned a series of hand-built and hand-painted store displays to send to some of its best retailers.

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Shell posters sure to create interest wherever they sell

02 May 2022

The You Can Be Sure Of Shell adverts are some of the most familiar and renowned examples in British graphic design.

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Herry motors on at Antikbar

02 May 2022

This London Transport poster for the Motor Show that took place from October 17-26, 1935, in Olympia, west London, was designed by Heather Perry – known as Herry Perry (1897-1962). It was printed by The Dangerfield Printing Co, London.

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