Fred Astaire Collectibles And Memorabilia

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Fred Astaire Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the celebrated Hollywood actor and dancer Fred Astaire.

Brief history/biography

Fred Astaire (born Frederick Austerlitz Jr.) was born on May 10th, 1899 in Omaha, Nebraska and died of pneumonia on June 22nd, 1987 in Los Angeles, California.

Astaire is considered to be "the greatest popular-music dancer of all time" and is best best remembered for starring with his dancing partner Ginger Rogers in several films such as Swing Time (1936), The Gay Divorcee (1934), Top Hat (1935), Carefree (1938), Flying Down to Rio (1933) and Roberta (1935), to name a few.

Astaire also founded the Fred Astaire Dance Studios in the mid-1940s, and throughout his lengthy career (which spanned 76 years) he made 31 musical films and was the winner of various Golden Globe, Emmy and Grammy Awards. The American Film Institute also awarded Astaire with The Lifetime Achievement Award in 1981.

Types of memorabilia

Accessories

Christie's in New York sold a pair of Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers' rehearsal shoes which were also signed by the pair for $3,220, and an autographed straw hat which was once worn by Astaire for $3,220 in June of 1994.

Posters

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold a Flying Down to Rio film poster for $200,000 in November of 2008, as well as another Flying Down to Rio poster for $22,000 in July of 2008.

The Last Moving Picture Co. in Kirtland, Ohio sold a Roberta poster (circa 1935) for $7,500 in May of 2008.

Photographs

Sotheby's in New York sold a Martin Munkacsi photograph of Astaire (circa 1936) for $10,200 in April of 2003, and another Munkacsi photograph of Astaire (circa 1936) for $8,125 in April of 2010.

Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold a set of 200 photographs of Astaire from the film You Were Never Lovelier (circa 1942) for $8,000 in December of 2008.

Bonhams in Los Angeles sold a collection of Astaire "specialty numbers" lobby cards (circa 1935-1951) for $1,020, and another group of Astaire lobby cards with his dancing partners' (circa 1940-1953) for $1,200 in December of 2007.

Documents

Christie's in New York sold a typed letter which was written and signed by Astaire (circa 1961) for $2,390 in December of 2003.

Bonhams in California, Los Angeles and New York sold eight personal letters which were written and signed by Astaire (circa 1935-1958) for $9,760 in April of 2011.

Vehicles

Christie's in Los Angeles sold a 1927 Rolls-Royce Phantom I Town Car which was once owned by Fred Astaire for $266,500 in August of 1999.

Guide for collectors

Memorabilia that dates back to between the 1930s and the 1950s is considered to be the most rare and valuable. Memorabilia that references a popular or well-known Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers film (such as Flying Down to Rio and Roberta), is also considered to be valuable as well.

Memorabilia that was once signed by Fred Astaire is also considered to be valuable, however, memorabilia that was signed by both Astaire and Ginger Rogers is considered to be both extremely rare and valuable.

Restoration of an authentic movie poster featuring Fred Astaire on the cover is not recommended.

For more information regarding where to find Fred Astaire memorabilia, visit www.fredastaire.com, hollywoodmemorabilia.com or www.destinationhollywood.com.

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