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Prince Auction Set to Rock in New York

Items belonging to music legend Prince will go on sale at New York’s Hard Rock Café on Friday 18 May. The sale, held by Julien’s Auctions, aims to pay homage to one of the all-time greatest purveyors of music. In an exclusive presentation of the seven-time, Grammy-winning singer/songwriter’s life and career, Julien’s will collate an eclectic miscellany of Prince’s possessions as part of their two-day MUSIC ICONS auction. PROPERTY FROM THE LIFE AND CAREER OF...

Christie’s to Auction ‘James Bond’s’ Aston Martin

A 2014 Centenary Edition Vanquish Aston Martin belonging to James Bond actor Daniel Craig will be auctioned in April. The midnight-blue car, aptly numbered 007, is set to be the highlight of The Exceptional Sale at Christie’s New York on 20 April. It is one of only 100 examples of the model worldwide, which were created to celebrate Aston Martin’s 100th anniversary. It is currently estimated to fetch around $400,000-$600,000, with all proceeds set to...

Audrey Hepburn: Behind the Hollywood Legend

Christie’s presents Audrey Hepburn’s personal collection at auction. There are few names that encapsulate classic Hollywood—Marilyn Monroe, Barbra Streisand, Marlon Brandon—but few have the intrigue of Audrey Hepburn. The British actress rose to stardom incredibly quickly in her career and captured the hearts of millions. A sale of her private collection will be held at Christie’s in September, giving a view into her life beyond the silver screen. Audrey Hepburn is probably best known for...

‘EXHIBITIONISM’: The Rolling Stones Hijack London’s Saatchi Gallery

Aptly titled ‘EXHIBITIONISM’, The Rolling Stones’ retrospective showcase at the Saatchi Gallery displays over 500 previously unseen artifacts from the band’s personal archives. The Rolling Stones, often referred to as ‘the world’s greatest rock band’, are taking over nine gallery rooms spread across two entire floors at the Saatchi Gallery. Showcasing hundreds of significant objects ranging from rare guitars and instruments to personal diaries, the exhibition gives a fascinating glimpse into the band’s 50-year history. Speaking about...

Movie Moments

Some of the world’s most precious movie memorabilia has recently come under the hammer, causing excitement amongst an increasing crowd of competitive collectors. With premium items dating back as far as the golden era of film in the 1940s, movie memorabilia has always held a certain mystique for collectors, whether they are knowledgeable film buffs or simply fans of the picture. While usual factors like rarity and condition often determine the value of such memorabilia,...

Top of the Lots

From John Lennon’s psychedelic Rolls-Royce to an acrylic fingernail worn by Lady Gaga, the world of entertainment memorabilia offers a dazzling feast for serious collectors and avid fans. Rebecca Foster discovers what it takes to make it into the memorabilia hall of fame. It’s 1965. As Bob Dylan belts out a forceful performance of ‘Like a Rolling Stone’ at Newport Folk Festival, his transition from folk to electric is greeted by a chorus of boos....

James Bond—50th And 60th Anniversary

Two anniversaries fall this year for James Bond, a 50th and a 60th anniversary. Celebrations include the release of the film Skyfall, an exhibition of 50 Years of James Bond Style, and an online and live auction that offers collectors a piece of the Bond legacy.  Most of us have seen at least half a dozen James Bond films, but few have read a James Bond novel. And this was how James Bond first made...

Memorabilia Collectors Of Pop And Celebrities

The demand especially of memorabilia collectors remains insatiable for memorabilia across the spectrum of pop, entertainment and celebrity bygones. Adjoa Wiredu looks into the current trends. See also: COLLECTING WARHOL AND HIRST Before the mass obsession with pop memorabilia, we were quite happy to use the ‘free’ elements that helped with nostalgia: soundtracks, food, fashion, photographs and even videos. It’s no longer enough to get a sense of the era by listening to Elvis Presley...

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