The Police collectibles and memorabilia
The Police collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the British band The Police.
The Police were one of the first new wave bands in music history and have been praised for their unique sound that draws in influences from the reggae, punk and jazz genres. The band formed in 1977 and consisted of three members: Sting (whose real name is Gordon Summer) on bass guitar and vocals, Stewart Copeland on drums and Andy Summers on guitar, (who had originally replaced guitarist Henri Padovani).
Their most successful album to date Synchronicity was released in 1983 and contained some of the band's most well-known and popular hits, such as "Every Breath You Take," "King of Pain" and "Wrapped Around Your Finger." The band unofficially broke up after the release of Synchronicity due to arguments between Sting (the band's sole songwriter) and Copeland, who had grown to despise Sting so much that he used to purposely turn his drum set around so he wouldn't have to face Sting during their concerts.
Each member went on to pursue their own solo career; however, they temporary reunited in 1986 to produce a re-recording of "Don't Stand So Close to Me," and they also reunited for a world tour between 2007 and 2008; (they were also declared as the world's highest-earning musicians in 2008 thanks to this reunion).
Sting's solo career proved to be successful with hits like "If I Ever Lose My Faith" and "If You Love Somebody Set Them Free" and he was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2002.
The Police were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.
Types of memorabilia
Christie's in London sold an Austin Les Paul style electric guitar which was signed by all three members of the band for £1,020 in May of 2005.
Christie's in New York sold a black Fender Stratocaster signed by all three members of the band for $3,750 in June of 2008, and an amber Univox electric guitar signed by all three members of the band for $1,434 in June of 2004.
Julien's in Beverly Hills sold a Stedman Pro Series electric guitar signed by all three members of the band for $2,125 in June of 2010.
Christie's in New York sold three Police concert posters as well as a rare silkscreen poster for a concert at the Marquee Club in London (circa 1978) for $1,625 in November of 2007.
Guide for collectors
Instruments that were used by any member of The Police as well as instruments that were signed by all three members of the band are considered to be the most rare and valuable. Although memorabilia that dates back to the 1970s and 1980s is considered the most rare and valuable, collectors are also interested in memorabilia from their 2007-2008 reunion tour.
Instruments that were signed and/or used by Sting are considered more valuable than instruments that were signed and/or used by Andy Summers or Stewart Copeland.
Albums and posters that were signed by all three members of the band are also considered valuable among Police memorabilia collectors, as well as clothing that was worn by any member of the band during a historic stage performance, music video or awards ceremony.
Restoration of an authentic instrument used by any of the band members is recommended only if there is noticeable damage.
Collectors can find more information regarding The Police and/or Sting memorabilia at http://www.thepolicetour.com
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