Che Guevara collectibles and memorabilia

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Che Guevara collectibles and memorabilia

Che Guevara collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the Cuban political revolutionary leader Ernesto "Che" Guevara.

 

Brief history/biography

Ernesto "Che" Guevara was born on June 14th, 1928 in Argentina and was best known as being a Marxist revolutionary and guerrilla leader, as well as being a military theorist, physician and author. Images of Che have become increasingly popular over the past few decades as being a symbol of counterculture, rebellion and revolution.

Guevara was also an important figure in the Cuban Revolution after meeting Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro and his brother Raul in Mexico in 1954. Guevara was captured and killed by the Bolivian Army on October 9th, 1967 after unsuccessfully attempting to persuade Bolivians to rebel against their government.

Types of memorabilia

Hair

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold a lock of Guevara's hair (which was said to be taken from his corpse) for $119,000 in October of 2007.

Photographs

Sotheby's in Zurich sold a photograph of Guevara in Havana taken by René Burri in 1933 for CHF26,400 in May of 2005.

Sotheby's in New York sold a René Burri photograph of Guevara in Havana (circa 1933) for $10,000 in October of 2007.

Bloomsbury Auctions in New York sold a 1963 photograph of Guevara (circa 1963) taken by René Burri for $5,500 in April of 2009.

Ira & Larry Goldberg Coins & Collectibles in Los Angeles, California sold a signed photograph of Guevara (circa 1964) for $7,000 in July of 2011.

Signature House in Upland, California sold various signed album pictures of Fidel Castro and Guevara (circa 1956) for $7,500 in June of 2006, and another album containing 81 portraits of Castro and Guevara (circa 1956) for $10,000 in August of 2004.

Phillips de Pury & Company in New York sold an iconic photograph of Guevara taken by Alberto Korda (circa 1960) titled "Guerillero Heroico" for $14,000 in October of 2005, and another photograph of Guevara taken by René Burri (circa 1963) for $5,000 in January of 2008.

Christie's in London sold a René Burri photograph of Guevara in Havana (circa 1963) for £13,200 in May of 2006, and the same photograph sold at another auction in February of 2008 for $7,500.

Artwork

Phillips de Pury & Company in New York sold a waxwork and mixed media piece of Guevara by Gavin Turk titled "Death of Che" for £55,000 in June of 2010.

Santa Monica Auctions in Santa Monica, California sold a sketch drawing of Guevara drawn by Alice Neel (circa 1967) for $12,500 in May of 2009.

Christie's in London sold a portrait of Guevara by Gavin Turk for £5,250 in March of 2010.

Accessories

Christie's in London sold Guevara's limited edition No. 5 Superiores Humidor for £4,500 in November of 2007.

Guide for collectors

Photographs of Guevara that were taken by René Burri in Havana during 1963 are considered to be the most valuable among collectors as they are now considered iconic images of Guevara, however, they are not necessarily the most rare. The iconic Alberto Korda photograph of Guevara (titled "Guerrillero Heroico") is said to be "the most famous photograph in the world."

Memorabilia that was once signed by Guevara and Castro is considered the most rare and valuable as well.

Restoration of an authentic Guevara photograph or portrait is not recommended.

For more information regarding where to find Guevara memorabilia, visit www.thechestore.com.

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