Pink Floyd collectibles and memorabilia

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Pink Floyd collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the influential British rock band Pink Floyd.

Brief history/description

Pink Floyd formed in 1965 in Cambridge, England and originally consisted of Syd Barrett on guitar and vocals, Roger Waters on bass, guitar and vocals, Richard Wright on keyboards, Nick Mason on drums and eventually David Gilmour on guitar.

The band's original songwriter Syd Barrett left the group in 1968 after suffering from "mental instability" due to years of rampant drug use, (his drug of choice being LSD), and this event soon inspired Roger Waters to write some of the most well-known and successful Pink Floyd songs to date, as heard on The Dark Side of the Moon (1973), Wish You Were Here (1975) and The Wall (1979)

The group has gone down in history as being the pioneers of the progressive rock genre, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996.

Types of memorabilia

Instruments

Charitybuzz, an online auctioneer, sold a Pink Floyd guitar which was painted on by Ian Emes and signed by members of Pink Floyd for $26,000 in July of 2011.

Christie's in London sold a Fender Precision Bass guitar which was signed by Roger Waters and used for his In The Flesh tour (circa 1999-2002) for £11,250 in July of 2008, a Fender Squire Stratocaster guitar signed by David Gilmour, Nick Mason, Rick Wright and Roger Waters for £3,360 in November of 2006, and another Fender Squier Stratocaster guitar that was signed by the band members for £2,233 in April of 2001.

Artwork

Christie's in London sold a collection of about 104 animation cels and drawings influenced by Pink Floyd's hit album The Wall for £2,032 in May of 2004 and a pair of "Division Bell" heads which were made for the Echoes album cover (circa 2001) for £3,000 in May of 2006.

The Fame Bureau in Dartford sold a pair of Syd Barrett sketches for $15,000 in June of 2007.

Julien's in Beverly Hills sold original artwork created by Soundwaves Studio which was signed by Nick Mason for $3,200 in June of 2011, an original prop mask that was designed for the film The Wall (1982) for $3,125 in March of 2011, and digital artwork created by Soundwaves Studio which was seen as a digital representation of "Wish You Were Here" and signed by David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Richard Wright for $6,528 in June of 2011.

Photographs

Christie's in London sold a series of 16 black and white photographs of the band including shots of Syd Barrett and Dave Gilmour for £2,640 in May of 1994.

Vehicles

Bonhams in London sold a 1934 Lagonda which was once owned by drummer Nick Mason for £139,000 in December of 2010.

Guide for collectors

Memorabilia that was signed by David Gilmour, Roger Waters, Nick Mason and Rick Wright are considered to be both rare and valuable, but memorabilia that was once used, signed or owned by Syd Barrett is considered extremely rare and valuable as well.

Memorabilia that references a notable single or album is also considered valuable, and even artwork that is seen as a "digital representation" of a Pink Floyd single is also considered valuable among Pink Floyd memorabilia collectors as well.

Restoration of an authentic Pink Floyd guitar is only recommended if there is noticeable damage, however, if the instrument features artwork of Ian Emes (who is also known as being the "visual mastermind" behind The Dark Side of the Moon) then the instrument should not be restored.

More information regarding Pink Floyd memorabilia can be found at www.pinkfloydauctions.com, www.pinkfloydarchives.com and www.pinkfloyd.com.

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