Radiohead Collectibles And Memorabilia



2015-06-26 10:45:12

Radiohead Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the innovative British rock band Radiohead.

Brief history/biography

Radiohead formed in Abingdon, Oxfordshire in 1985, and are considered to be the best art-rock group since Pink Floyd. The band consists of Thom Yorke on vocals, guitar and keyboards, Jonny Greenwood on guitar and keyboards, Ed O'Brien on guitar, Colin Greenwood on bass and Phil Selway on drums. Their name is derived from the Talking Heads song "Radio Head" off their 1986 True Stories album.

Radiohead released their debut album Pablo Honey in 1993, and thanks to the hit single "Creep" the band achieved instant international success.

Their 1995 album The Bends contained hits like "High and Dry" and "Fake Plastic Trees," and it was the first of many Radiohead albums to feature Stanley Donwood's artwork on the cover. Their 1997 album OK Computer achieved even more critical and commercial success for the band, especially after the release of the singles "Karma Police" and "Paranoid Android," an epic six-minute song which has since been compared to "Bohemian Rhapsody."

Since then, the band has consistently released many successful albums, such as Kid A in 2000, Amnesiac in 2001, Hail to the Thief in 2003, In Rainbows in 2007 (which was initially released as a digital download) and The King of Limbs in 2011.

The band made history with the release of In Rainbows after announcing that the album would be available for digital download and customers could purchase the album for the price of their choice.

Although Yorke (the band's sole songwriter) went on to release his debut solo album The Eraser in 2006 and also formed the band Atoms for Peace in 2009 with Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Radiohead still continues to record and tour today.

Types of memorabilia


Christie's in London sold a drum kit used by Phil Selway during the recording of the Radiohead album OK Computer (circa 1997) for £2,500 in July of 2009.


Santa Monica Auctions in Santa Monica, California, sold Stanley Donwood's original artwork which was used for Radiohead's Hail to the Thief album (circa 2006) for $1,300 in June of 2008.

Phillips de Pury & Company in New York sold original artwork by Donwood also for the same album for £13,000 in November of 2009, and another for £12,000 in December of 2010.


Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold a Radiohead concert poster for $425 in July of 2011.

Guide for collectors

Memorabilia that references a popular and/or successful Radiohead album or single is considered to be valuable among Radiohead memorabilia collectors, while memorabilia that dates back to the 1980s is considered to be extremely rare as well.

Artwork that was completed by Stanley Donwood for the band's Hail to the Thief album is considered to be both rare and valuable because there were only nine canvases painted in total.

Memorabilia that was once signed, used or owned by singer/songwriter Thom Yorke is considered more valuable than memorabilia that was once signed, used or owned by any other Radiohead member.

Restoration of an authentic instrument is recommended if there is noticeable damage, however, restoration of original artwork completed by Stanley Donwood is not recommended.

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