Celebrity-owned collectibles - a market that's open to all...


2015-06-26 12:01:21


Celebrity-owned collectibles - a market that's open to all...

A modest investment can bring you a fantastic piece of memorabilia

If you are new to collecting then you may be interested in collecting celebrity owned (or used) collectibles.

After all, why limit yourself to a Marlon Brando autograph when you could be buying his personally owned wristwatch?

Buying celebrity owned memorabilia is the ultimate way of getting closest to the people you most admire which, after all, is one of the main reasons people collect.

To own something once owned by a celebrity, or a historically important person, is as good as it getsto many people in thecollecting world.

Brando's wristwatch...

Brando's wristwatch actually sold at auction last year.

At the time we commented that a $3,000 auction estimate was a steal. In fact the watch sold for over $18,000 - 6 times the estimate.

Of course, factored into that price was the watch itself - a very expensive Vacheron Constantin wristwatch.

It had been given to Brando as a present by actress Zsa Zsa Gabor to commemorate the cinematic release of On the Waterfront.

Celebrity owned (or used) collectibles is a market that has been robust throughout the recession.

The most expensive pieces of sports memorabilia have almost all been used by the sportsman involved. The extent of that use and the historical importance of the event ultimately decide the price.

Babe Ruth's baseball bat...

We've seen Babe Ruth baseball bats sell for a few thousand dollars.

But last year a bat used during his 1918 season and billed as his 'most important bat' sold for $537k.

Yet it still didn't eclipse Babe Ruth's most expensive bat. That wasused to launch the first home run at Yankee Stadium on Opening Day, 1923. It sold for a staggering $1.2m in December, 2004.

Lennon's Rolls-Royce...

John Lennon's handpainted Rolls-Royce Phantom V with 'psychedelic' scrolls and flowers reportedly sold for $2.23m in 1985.

Marilyn's dress...

Another expensive piece that we can all relate to was the dress that Marilyn Monroe wore to sing Happy Birthday to President John F Kennedy. It sold at auction for $1.27m in 1999.

Next week will see the auction of Margot Fonteyn's ballet dress from Swan Lake, in London; it's expected to sell for 40,000-60,000.

Celebrity owned merchandise is clearly very popular and when it appears at auction the gloves come off as collectors battle to buy.

Yet, for now, it's still a market that's open to all.

Bob Dylan's leather jacket...

Last week a leather jacket that Bob Dylan wore in the Martin Scorsese film The Last Waltz sold for 3,760.

And the week before that a wax doll, dressed by Queen Victoria's daughter, went to auction with a 800-1,200 price tag. It actually sold for 4,080.

I know from experience that an investment of between 2,000 and 10,000 can buy you an exceptional piece of personal memorabilia.

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