Blur collectibles and memorabilia
Blur collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the British indie band Blur.
Blur formed in London in 1989 and consisted of Damon Albarn on vocals, Graham Coxon on guitar, Alex James on bass and Dave Rowntree on drums. Their sound was influenced by the likes of The Beatles and The Kinks, and the group was known to be a driving force behind the popularity of the Britpop genre during the 1990s along with "rival" band Oasis.
The group went on to release many singles such as "Song 2," "Parklife," "Beetlebum," "Girls & Boys" and "She's So High," to name a few.
The band took a brief hiatus in 1999 while Coxon pursued a solo career and Albarn went on to form the Gorillaz with Jamie Hewlett. The band reunited in 2002 to record their 2003 album Think Tank, although Coxon left the group during the recording process. The album cover featured stencil work by the popular and "risque" graffiti artist Banksy, and Think Tank was eventually nominated for best album at the 2004 BRIT Awards.
Coxon rejoined the band for reunion performances in 2009 and the band released their first single since 2003 ("Fool's Day") in April of 2010. To this day, rumours still circulate as to whether the band will eventually reunite, however, the future status of the band remains unclear.
Types of memorabilia
Bonhams in London sold Banksy's "Space Girl and Bird" piece which was used for the cover of the Think Tank album for £288,000 in April of 2007.
Bonhams in London also sold another Banksy painting (featuring an embracing couple wearing deep-sea diver helmets) which was produced for the cover of Blur's Think Tank album for £62,400, and another Banksy painting titled "Young Child With a Bird" which was used for the same album for £31,200 in October of 2006.
Bloomsbury Auctions in New York sold a Banksy painting which was used as a backdrop for the Observer Magazine Music Monthly photo shoot featuring Blur on the front cover (circa 2003) for £24,000 in June of 2008.
The Fame Bureau in Dartford sold Banksy's "Think Tank" architectural work which was used on the cover of Blur's 2003 album for £13,000 in November of 2008, as well as two other versions of Banksy's "Think Tank" architectural pieces for for £6,750 in December of 2008 and £13,000 in November of 2008.
Sotheby's in London sold artist Banksy's "Mother and Child" piece which was used on the album cover of Blur's Think Tank album for £7,200 in October of 2005.
British Car Auctions in Blackbushe, Camberley sold Blur's band bus (an 'X' reg Chrysler Grand Voyager) for £15,750 in February of 2002.
BigTime.tv sold a Graham Coxon Fender Stratocaster guitar which was used by Graham Coxon for £1,000 in May of 2007.
Guide for collectors
Artwork that was painted by Banksy and featured on Blur's 2003 Think Tank album is considered both extremely rare and valuable, as these pieces have broken numerous world records at auctions over the past few years.
Restoration of an authentic Banksy portrait, painting or any kind of architectural work is not recommended, however, restoration of an authentic instrument that was used by a member of the band is only recommended if there is noticeable damage.
For more information regarding where to find Blur memorabilia, visit blur.co.uk.
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