Beach Boys collectibles and memorabilia
Beach Boys collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the U.S musical group the Beach Boys.
The Beach Boys are a band from Hawthorne, California and are considered to be one of the most important bands to come out of the 1960s. The band consists of brothers Brian Wilson (the band's sole songwriter), Dennis Wilson and Carl Wilson, as well as their cousin Mike Love and friend Al Jardine.
The group formed in 1961 and their sound mimicked the "booming, bouncing optimism" of the surf rock California music scene sound that was becoming popular in the early 1960s. Some of their many hits include "Surfin' USA," "Help Me Rhonda," "I Get Around" and "Fun, Fun, Fun," to name a few.
By the year 1966 Brian Wilson penned their greatest and most groundbreaking album to date (Pet Sounds) which was listed as No. 2 on Rolling Stones' "500 Greatest Albums of All Time."
Following their fame Brian Wilson suffered from mental illness and drug addiction, and was eventually diagnosed with schizoaffective/bipolar disorder.
Despite drummer Dennis Wilson passing away in 1983 followed by brother Carl Wilson in 1996, the band continued touring for many years; however, Love is the only remaining original member of the group who still performs in concerts today).
Types of memorabilia
Christie's in London sold an E.P. sleeve of a Beach Boys concert album (circa 1964) signed by all five original members for £913 in July of 2009.
Christie's in London sold a Gibson Chet Atkins Celebrity Series limited edition guitar which is signed by Rick Parfitt (who joined the group on stage in the 1990s) accompanied with a colour photograph of Parfitt performing on stage with the Beach Boys for £2,938 in April of 2001.
Christie's in New York sold a 1963 Fender Jaguar electric guitar with a white Beach Boys flight case for $11,500 in November of 1994.
Julien's in Beverly Hills sold a signed Beach Boys drum head for $875 in the summer of 2010.
Christie's in New York sold an original Capitol Records recording contract (circa 1962), which was signed by all the band members for $4,025 in November of 1995. Christie's also sold a collection of eight letters between Brian and Carl Wilson as well as their father/Beach Boys manager Murray Wilson (circa 1964-1970) for $1,840 in November of 1994.
Christie's in London sold approximately 150 black and white negative photographs of the Beach Boys (taken during their 1964, 1967 and 1969 UK tours) for £2,640 in May of 1994.
Guernsey's in New York sold an RIAA gold sales award presented to the Beach Boys to commemorate the sales of more than 500,000 copies of Beach Boys Concert for $1,500, and a Beach Boys Platinum LP for $2,500 in December of 2006.
Guernsey's in New York sold a surfboard that was signed by Mike Love, Al Jardine, Carl Wilson and Bruce Johnston for $2,000 in December of 2006.
Guide for collectors
Memorabilia signed, used or played by Brian Wilson is usually considered more rare, as well as memorabilia signed, used or played by the late Dennis Wilson or Carl Wilson as well.
Also considered the most rare and valuable among Beach Boys memorabilia collectors are backstage passes, clothing, toy cars, buttons, magazines (especially those published between 1962 and 1963), autographed posters, sheet music as well as both US and foreign tour books.
Restoration of an authentic instrument played by any of the Beach Boys is not recommended.
There is a Disk Tracy's Beach Boys Memorabilia Site that has information on Beach Boys memorabilia, and the Beach Boys Fan Club (www.beachboysfanclub.com) is an excellent resource as well.