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Band Memorabilia

When considering band memorabilia, it’s important to know that availability depends somewhat on a band’s longevity, popularity, and merchandising activities. Furthermore, you will discover two distinct arenas: what’s been manufactured for sale to the public, and what’s been used professionally by bands and their production crews.

Prior to the 1960s, band merchandising was fairly uncommon, and purchasing records or concert tickets was the most fans could do to experience their favorite musicians. As world economies grew and music genres expanded, merchandising became an important part of recording companies’ overall incomes, prompting the manufacturing of band t-shirts, posters, pins, hats—even lunch boxes and band-related dolls. Of course, the musical recording itself has been an important part of collecting, evolving from vinyl to cassette tape, and then from CD to digital format.

The most sought-after band memorabilia includes autographs, clothing, musician-used instruments and production equipment, awards and award records, contracts, and band members’ personal items. To that end, the ability to authenticate memorabilia based on photographs or videos will help solidify a valuation.


Quick Facts

  • The first recording contract signed by all four members of “The Beatles” sold for $93,750 on a September 2015 auction in New York
  • The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) gives out album awards for achievement in sound recordings. Awards are given to artists as well as everyone associated with an album’s production, which is why they're often available on the market
  • The band U2 once filed suit against a former stylist who took an outfit of Bono’s and attempted to sell it on auction years later. A civil court in Dublin ruled in favor of U2, requiring the stylist to give the outfit back

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Singer P J Proby singed card mounted with 6x4 black and white image P J Proby is an American singer,
Oct 29, 10:00 AM BST
Singer P J Proby singed card mounted with 6x4 black and white image P J Proby is an American singer,
by Chaucer Covers & Auctions
Est: £8- £12
£81 Bid
El Hiroc de San Mateo cigar bands progressive proof
Nov 17, 6:00 PM EST
El Hiroc de San Mateo cigar bands progressive proof
by Captain Ahab's Antiques
Est: $60- $175
$500 Bids
RICK GRIFFIN Original Rock Poster Art * Janis Joplin / Albert King 1968
Oct 28, 11:00 AM PDT
RICK GRIFFIN Original Rock Poster Art * Janis Joplin / Albert King 1968
by PBA Galleries Auctions & Appraisers
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,0000 Bids
Melchior d'Hondecoeter (1635-1695)
Nov 17, 7:00 PM CET
Melchior d'Hondecoeter (1635-1695)
by Venduehuis der Notarissen
Est: €15,000- €20,000
€15,0000 Bids
Deep Purple multi-signed 8x6 colour photograph
Nov 05, 6:00 PM GMT
Deep Purple multi-signed 8x6 colour photograph
by Chaucer Covers & Auctions
Est: £40- £44
£400 Bids
Live Aid
Nov 09, 2:30 PM GMT
Live Aid
by Chiswick Auctions
Est: £400- £600
£4000 Bids
NE-YO JAVA JAZZ FESTIVAL SIGNED SET LIST
Oct 31, 8:00 AM EDT
NE-YO JAVA JAZZ FESTIVAL SIGNED SET LIST
by Alexander Historical Auctions LLC
Est: $60- $80
$300 Bids
The Concert for Bangladesh signed 1971 concert book
Oct 30, 9:00 AM PDT
The Concert for Bangladesh signed 1971 concert book
by Heroes and Legends
Est: $4,000- $6,000
$1,6000 Bids
The Flatlanders signed concert flyer
Oct 30, 9:00 AM PDT
The Flatlanders signed concert flyer
by Heroes and Legends
Est: $300- $500
$750 Bids
Lot 186: Framed Stone Roses Print - The Stone Roses are an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1983.
Nov 30, 10:00 PM GMT
Lot 186: Framed Stone Roses Print - The Stone Roses are an English rock band formed in Manchester in 1983.
by Authenticautographsjust4u
Est: £85- £125
£800 Bids
Soundgarden Collectible Superstars Musicard Certified PSA
Oct 31, 10:00 PM GMT
Soundgarden Collectible Superstars Musicard Certified PSA
by Rock n Scroll Guitars
Est: £100- £150
£700 Bids
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Guns N Roses RARE CONCERT POSTER
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Guns N Roses RARE CONCERT POSTER
by Activity Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$4000 Bids
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Dead & Company Red Rocks 2021 Deas poster x/850 And
Oct 29, 5:00 PM EDT
Dead & Company Red Rocks 2021 Deas poster x/850 And
by Activity Auctions
Est: $800- $1,200
$3000 Bids
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DAVID BAND (1959-2011) The Mood That Passes Through You screenprint, ed. P/P
Nov 10, 6:00 PM AEDT
DAVID BAND (1959-2011) The Mood That Passes Through You screenprint, ed. P/P
by Leonard Joel
Est: AUD500- AUD700
AUD4500 Bids
Group of 6 Platinum Blond rock band mini cards
Oct 30, 11:30 PM EDT
Group of 6 Platinum Blond rock band mini cards
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $20- $25
$100 Bids
Group of 6 Bon Jovi rock band mini cards
Oct 30, 11:30 PM EDT
Group of 6 Bon Jovi rock band mini cards
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $20- $25
$100 Bids
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Buddy Holly & the Crickets: Concert Poster, 1958
Oct 28, 11:00 AM PDT
Buddy Holly & the Crickets: Concert Poster, 1958
by Bonhams
Est: $3,000- $5,000
$3,0000 Bids
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The Coasters: Hand-tinted photograph from the Apollo Theatre
Oct 28, 11:00 AM PDT
The Coasters: Hand-tinted photograph from the Apollo Theatre
by Bonhams
Est: $800- $1,000
$8000 Bids
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The Doors: Promotional poster, 1967
Oct 28, 11:00 AM PDT
The Doors: Promotional poster, 1967
by Bonhams
Est: $300- $500
$3000 Bids
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Miles Davis: Concert Poster, 1974
Oct 28, 11:00 AM PDT
Miles Davis: Concert Poster, 1974
by Bonhams
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$1,0000 Bids
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Jesus and Mary Chain: Concert Poster, 1992
Oct 28, 11:00 AM PDT
Jesus and Mary Chain: Concert Poster, 1992
by Bonhams
Est: $300- $500
$3000 Bids
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The Eagles: Photograph by Henry Diltz
Oct 28, 11:00 AM PDT
The Eagles: Photograph by Henry Diltz
by Bonhams
Est: $300- $500
$3000 Bids
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U2: Standee for Boy
Oct 28, 11:00 AM PDT
U2: Standee for Boy
by Bonhams
Est: $500- $700
$5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Band Memorabilia


Bonhams

Bonhams

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Chaucer Covers & Auctions

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Dane Fine Art Auctions