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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Jim Morrison The Doors Metal Pub Bar Sign
Dec 03, 2:00 PM EST
Jim Morrison The Doors Metal Pub Bar Sign
by Connoisseur Online
Est: $40- $60
$301 Bid
Group of 6 Bon Jovi rock band mini cards
Dec 03, 11:30 PM EST
Group of 6 Bon Jovi rock band mini cards
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $20- $25
$100 Bids
Group of 6 Platinum Blond rock band mini cards
Dec 03, 11:30 PM EST
Group of 6 Platinum Blond rock band mini cards
by Baker's Antiques and Auctions
Est: $20- $25
$100 Bids
Vintage Band Shirts
Dec 11, 11:00 AM EST
Vintage Band Shirts
by Seminole Estate Auction & Liq. LLC
Est: $150- $300
$200 Bids
Motley Crue Whiskey A Go Go Framed Poster LOT 1182
Dec 04, 5:00 PM EST
Motley Crue Whiskey A Go Go Framed Poster LOT 1182
by Jones Auction House LLC
Est: $0- $0
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Band Memorabilia


Connoisseur Online

Connoisseur Online

Jones Auction House LLC

Jones Auction House LLC

Seminole Estate Auction & Liq. LLC

Seminole Estate Auction & Liq. LLC