AC/DC collectibles and memorabilia

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AC/DC collectibles and memorabilia

AC/DC collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the Australian rock band AC/DC.

Brief history/biography

AC/DC formed in Sydney, Australia in 1973 and although the band's line-up has changed numerous times throughout the years, notable members include brothers Malcolm and Angus Young on guitar (1973 - present), Bon Scott on vocals (1974 - 1980), Brian Johnson on vocals (1980 - present), Cliff Williams on bass (1977 - present), Phil Rudd on drums (1975 - 1983, and 1994 - present), and Simon Wright on drums (1983 - 1989).

The band is considered by some to be the "pioneers of heavy metal" and their hit album Back in Black became the highest-selling album by any band after selling an estimated 49 million units worldwide.

AC/DC was ranked at #4 on VH1's "100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock" and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2003.

Types of memorabilia

Instruments

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold a Signature Series electric guitar signed by Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams and Chris Slade for $1,600 in February of 2009.

Julien's in Beverly Hills sold an autographed 2004 Gibson SG Special 'Faded' electric guitar signed by Brian Johnson for $800 in May of 2005.

California Auctioneers in Ventura, California sold an autographed guitar shrine which was signed by Brian Johnson, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff William and Phil Rudd for $1,200 in August of 2011.

Guernsey's in New York sold a red California electric guitar which was signed by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Brian Johnson, Cliff Williams, and Phil Rudd for $550 in September of 2011.

Christie's in London sold a Fender Squier Telecaster that was signed by Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams, Brian Johnson, Phil Rudd and Simon Wright for £1,315 in May of 2004.

Awards

Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas sold an RIAA multi-platinum album award which was given to the band to commemorate the sale of more than two million copies of the 1990 album Razor's Edge for $650 in April of 2010.

Albums

Leonard Joel in Australia sold the original High Voltage (Australian edition) test pressing vinyl LP for $8,655 in April of 2006.

The rare vinyl "Let There Be Rock" UK LP was sold for $2,703.03 on eBay in February of 2005.

Documents

Christie's in New York sold two of Bon Scott's notebooks containing lyrics to songs heard on AC/DC's first three albums for $35,000 in June of 2009.

Posters

Christie's in London sold an AC/DC concert poster (circa 1979) that was signed by Bon Scott, Angus Young, Malcolm Young, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd for £1,250 in June of 2011.

Personal items

Leonard Joel in Australia sold Bon Scott's shaving mirror which he used in 1975 for $12,540 in April of 2006.

Guide for collectors

Memorabilia that was signed by every member of the band is considered to be the most valuable and rare, especially if the memorabilia item contains the signature of Bon Scott, who died from "acute alcohol poisoning" in 1980.

Rare vinyl records that date back to the 1970s are also considered valuable among AC/DC memorabilia collectors, especially the "Let There Be Rock" UK LP on vinyl (which could be only one of three made worldwide). There is also only one known copy of the "Rock and Roll Ain't Noise Pollution" 12" single on Yellow vinyl, and only two known copies of the same single on a Blue vinyl.

Restoration of an authentic AC/DC instrument is only recommended if there is noticeable damage.

For more information regarding where to find AC/DC memorabilia visit www.acdc.com and ac-dc.net.

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