Blondie collectibles and memorabilia
Blondie collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the New York New Wave band Blondie.
Blondie formed in 1974 in New York City and are considered to be the "early pioneers" of the punk rock and new wave genres. The band originally consisted of Deborah or "Debbie" Harry on vocals, Chris Stein on guitar and bass, Clem Burke on drums, Jimmy Destri on keyboards and Gary Valentine on bass and guitar, however, the band's line-up has changed consistently since the mid-1970s.
The band reached international fame after the release of "Heart of Glass" in 1979, and other notable hits include "Rapture," "Denis," "Call Me," "One Way or Another," "Maria" and "The Tide Is High," to name a few.
Harry has often been compared to Marilyn Monroe thanks to her bleached-blonde hair, and it is said that she helped "pave the way" for Madonna's career in the early 1980s. Besides being known as the "diva" lead singer of one of the most successful bands from the 1970s and early 1980s, Harry was also known as a New York socialite and frequently partied with the likes of Andy Warhol.
Harry dated guitarist Chris Stein from 1973 up until the 1990s, and also took care of him after he was diagnosed with pemphigus, a rare autoimmune disease of the skin. Because of this diagnosis, the band temporarily broke up in 1982 and Harry went on to pursue a solo career as well as appear in a few feature films. The band reunited in 1990 and continue to tour and record today.
VH1 declared Harry as "the 12th greatest woman of rock and roll" and the band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2006.
Types of memorabilia
Sotheby's in London sold an Andy Warhol painting of Deborah Harry for £3.7 million in June of 2011.
Posters and photographs
Christie's in New York sold an over sized color photograph of Harry along with a signed autograph and lyrics from "One Way or Another" for $8,750 in November of 2008; another over sized color photograph of Harry along with an autograph and signed lyrics from "Call Me" for $4,750 in June of 2009; a color photograph taken during a photo shoot for the band's 1976 album Blondie along with signed autographs by all five members of the band for $2,750 and a series of four black and white photographs of Harry taken by Stein during the 1970s/1980s for $3,000 in November of 2008; a large photograph of Harry (circa 1978) accompanied with an autograph and signed lyrics to "One Way or Another" for $1,440 in December of 2006; and a series of provocative black and white photographs of Harry taken by Stein (circa 1970s/1980s) for $2,750 in November of 2007.
Bonhams in London sold a signed photograph of Debbie Harry for £6,000 in October of 2005.
Christie's in London sold lyrics in Harry's handwriting for the song "Rip Her to Shreds" off the band's 1976 album accompanied with a photograph of Harry singing for £2,125 in June of 2010.
Guide for collectors
Memorabilia that was once owned, used or signed by vocalist Debbie Harry is considered the most valuable, as well as memorabilia that contains autographs from all of the band members as well.
Blondie memorabilia that dates back to the 1970s or 1980s is considered more valuable and rare than Blondie memorabilia from the 1990s to present, and memorabilia that references one of Blondie's hit songs is also considered valuable among Blondie memorabilia collectors.
There are only four rare portraits of Debbie Harry drawn by Andy Warhol, two of which are now in the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh.
Restoration of handwritten lyrics, autographs or photographs is not recommended.
For more information regarding Blondie memorabilia visit the official Blondie web site at www.archive.blondie.net/memorabilia.
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