Aerosmith Collectibles And Memorabilia
Aerosmith Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the U.S rock band Aerosmith.
Aerosmith formed in 1970 in Boston and consist of Steven Tyler on vocals, Joe Perry on guitar, Tom Hamilton on bass, Brad Whitford on guitar and Joey Kramer on drums; (although Whitford originally replaced Ray Tabano on guitar in 1971).
The band released their first self-titled album in 1973, and although it had classic songs like "Dream On" the album was declared as "unsuccessful." The band started to get noticed after the release of their third album Toys in the Attic (1975) thanks to the release of "Sweet Emotion" and "Walk This Way."
Due to drug addiction and arguments in the band, Perry and Whitford left the group in the late 1970s and early 1980s, however, they both returned in 1984.
Since then, the group has proven to have one of the most successful comebacks in rock and roll history. Aerosmith went on to re-record "Walk this Way" with the rap group Run DMC, and in 1989 they released the album Pump which contained some of the most well-known and popular Aerosmith tracks such as "Janie's Got a Gun" and "Love in an Elevator." Their next album Get a Grip (1993) also included the singles "Cryin'," "Crazy" and "Amazing." Actress Alicia Silverstone appeared in all three music videos while Tyler's daughter Liv Tyler appeared in the "Crazy" video (which has gone down in history as being one of the most popular and "risqué" Aerosmith music videos of all time).
But despite all this success the band has only one #1 single under their belt ("I Don't Want to Miss a Thing") which was written by the award-winning songwriter Diane Warren. The song was used for the film Armageddon (1998) which included Liv Tyler in one of the starring roles.
The band has often been referred to as "America's Greatest Rock and Roll Band," and the group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001.
Types of memorabilia
Julien's in Beverly Hills sold Joe Perry's Gibson SG Special 'Faded' electric guitar for $15,000 in May of 2005, as well as a Stedman Pro Fender-style electric guitar signed by Steven Tyler, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Tom Hamilton and Joey Kramer for $2,000 in June of 2010.
The Auburn Collector Car Auction in Auburn, Indiana sold a Stratocaster Fender guitar signed by each member of the band for $920 in September of 2010.
Julien's in Beverly Hills sold Steven Tyler's "celestial" shirt for $1,120 in November of 2009.
Guernsey's in New York sold an Aerosmith tour jacket that was signed by each member of the band for $1,600 in December of 2006.
Julien's in Beverly Hills sold an RIAA "gold" record award presented to Geffen Records to commemorate the sale of more than 500,000 copies of Permanent Vacation for $1,408 in June of 2011.
Bonhams in New York sold an Aerosmith & Skid Rock US tour poster (circa 1990) for $13,200 in May of 2008.
Seized Assets Auctioneers sold a framed photo collage that was signed by each member of the band for $2,500 in April of 2009.
Guide for collectors
Memorabilia that was signed by every member of the band is considered the most valuable, however, memorabilia that was signed by only Steven Tyler or Joe Perry is considered to be valuable as well.
Memorabilia that was used during a historic stage performance, tour, awards ceremony or music video is considered to be both rare and valuable, and memorabilia that dates back to the 1970s is considered to be rare among collectors, but not necessarily the most valuable. Music awards that were given to the band to commemorate a high number of sales for a specific album is also considered valuable as well.
Restoration of an authentic Aerosmith guitar is recommended only if there is noticeable damage.