Bono Collectibles And Memorabilia
Bono Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to Bono, lead singer of the Irish rock band U2.
Paul David "Bono" Hewson was born on May 10th, 1960, and is best known as being the lead singer of the award-winning Irish band, U2. Bono's nickname is derived from "Bono Vox," the Latin phrase for "good voice."
Bono writes the lyrics for the majority of U2's songs, most of which touch on various different social, religious and political themes. (Bono has been a devout Christian since he was 10 years old).
Bono has also collaborated with the likes of Willie Nelson, Frank Sinatra, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Wyclef Jean and Bruce Springsteen, to name a few, and he has also contributed his talents to the film and literature industry as well.
Some of his most notable contributions to date include composing and performing the music for The Million Dollar Hotel (2000), which he also helped co-write. He also made an appearance in the 2007 film Across the Universe and sang the vocals for "I Am the Walrus" and "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" which were both included on the film's soundtrack.
But most importantly, Bono has become known around the world as a international "crusader" for humanitarian causes, third world debt relief and the fight against AIDS in Africa. Because of these efforts, Bono has become a well-respected humanitarian not only among his fans, but politicians and global statesmen as well. (In 2002 he accompanied former US Treasury Secretary Paul H. O'Neill on a four-country tour around Africa).
Bono was nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize three times and was also granted an honorary knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II in 2007. Time magazine also named him as the "Person of the Year" in 2005.
Types of memorabilia
Julien's in New York sold Bono's Irish Falcon Gretsch guitar for $180,000 in April of 2007, and Julien's in Beverly Hills sold a New York Pro guitar which was autographed by Bono for $2,304 in June of 2011.
The Born to Rock "RockCouture" Charity Auction in London sold Bono's customized "Peter And The Wolf" Stratocaster guitar for £50,000 in May of 2007.
Clothing and accessories
Julien's in New York sold a pair of Bono's sunglasses for $20,000 in April of 2007, and Guernsey's in New York sold Bono's autographed black leather vest which he wore for the "With or Without You" music video for $2,000 in December of 2006.
Christie's in London sold a shirt that was worn by Bono during U2's 1993 "Zoo T.V." tour for £4,180 in May of 1994, and Christie's in New York sold Bono's headband which he wore during U2's 2006 tour for $2,750 in November of 2007.
Christie's in New York sold an undated handwritten letter from Bono to Sting for $4,541 in December of 2004.
Guide for collectors
Memorabilia that was once worn or used by Bono during a historic stage performance, tour, music video, awards ceremony, etc. is considered to be the most valuable and rare among U2 memorabilia collectors.
Instruments that were once used or owned by Bono can be restored but only if there is noticeable damage.
For more information regarding where to find Bono memorabilia visit U2's official website at www.u2.com or www.officialbono.com.