Queen collectibles and memorabilia
Queen collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the British rock band Queen.
Queen formed in London in 1971 and consisted of Freddie Mercury on vocals and piano, Brian May on lead guitar and vocals, John Deacon on bass and vocals, and Roger Taylor on drums and vocals. Before forming Queen, May and Taylor had formed another band called Smile with bassist Tim Staffell.
Although each member was responsible for writing the band's songs, Mercury went on to pen some of the most well-known Queen hits like "Bohemian Rhapsody," "We Will Rock You," and "We are the Champions." Freddie Mercury passed away on November 24th, 1991 from broncho-pneumonia brought on by AIDS within 24 hours of admitting publicly that he had the disease.
Queen is considered to be one of the best stadium rock bands in the world and their performance at the 1985 Live Aid concert is considered by some to be one of the greatest rock performances of all time. The band has become one of the best-selling music artists of all time, and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Types of memorabilia
One of Brian May's guitars was sold at a charity auction in London for £3,100 in 2005.
Christie's in London sold a rare recording of Smile's first ever rehearsal performance in 1969 for £5,520 in June of 1996.
Bonham's in Knightsbridge sold one of Freddie Mercury's stage costumes (circa 1980s) for £22,000 in November of 2004. and another one of his outfits (circa 1981/82) for £7,500 in April of 2005.
Christie's in London sold a one-body stage suit worn by Mercury during their 1978 U.S. tour for £7,800 in September of 2005, a black two-piece stage suit worn by Mercury in 1979 for £2,640 in August of 1992, and a PVC stage suit worn by Mercury in 1979 accompanied with a copy of The Official International Queen Fan Club magazine (circa 1989) for £4,780 in September of 2004.
Christie's in London sold an autograph book containing the earliest known Mercury signatures for £3,840 in May of 2005.
Christie's in London sold a rare set list written by Mercury (circa 1969) for £4,200 in November of 2006.
Christie's in London sold self-portraits Mercury had drawn of himself during the 1980s. One was sold for £5,250 in July of 2008, another for £3,750 in June of 2010, and one for £3,250 in July of 2009.
Julien's in Beverly Hills sold original digital artwork created by Soundwaves Studio and signed by Brian May and Roger Taylor for $3,200 in June of 2011.
Julien's in Beverly Hills sold an RIAA "platinum" record award (given to commemorate the band for selling more than one million copies of the "Another One Bites the Dust" single) for $2,560 in June of 2011.
Sotheby's in London sold a collection of rare Queen photographs (circa 1980) for £9,000 in September of 2003.
Guide for collectors
Memorabilia that was once worn or used by Freddie Mercury is considered the most rare and valuable, especially stage clothing that was worn during history performances, award ceremonies and music videos. Mercury's handwritten lyrics of future Queen singles are also considered rare and valuable as well.
Restoration of an authentic Brian May guitar is recommended only if there is noticeable damage, however, restoration of Mercury's stage clothing is not recommended.
Queen memorabilia that dates back to the 1970s and 1980s, or specifically when Freddie Mercury was still alive is considered more valuable than Queen memorabilia that dates back to the 1990s to present.
Collectors can find more information regarding Queen memorabilia at www.queenmuseum.com. For more information on Brian May's guitars visit www.brianmayguitars.co.uk. The website www.freddieforaday.com also has more information concerning Queen memorabilia that will be sold at upcoming charity auction events as well.
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