Elton John collectibles and memorabilia

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Elton John collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the songwriter and performer Elton John.

 

Brief history/description

Reginald Kenneth Dwight, who is now known as Sir Elton John, was born on March 25th, 1947 in Pinner, England.

He formed his first band (Bluesology) in 1961 and used the names of the band's saxophonist (Elton Dean) and frontman (Long John Baldry) as an inspiration for his future stage name Elton John

Elton first met songwriter Bernie Taupin in 1967, and the duo went on to compose many of Elton's hits such as "Rocket Man," "Crocodile Rock," "Tiny Dancer," "Candle in the Wind," "Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting," "Bennie and the Jets," "Daniel," "Your Song," to name a few. He also composed music for numerous different films and musicals such as The Lion King (1994), Billy Elliot the Musical (2005) and many more.

Elton has been touring around the world since 1969 as both a solo performer as well as with the Elton John Band, and he also founded the Elton John AIDS Foundation in the early 1990s which has since raised over $200 million via auctions to help support HIV/AIDS programs in 55 different countries.

Elton was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1994 and received a knighthood from HM Queen Elizabeth II in 1998.

Types of memorabilia

Instruments

Heritage Auction Galleries sold a piano once used by Elton John and Bernie Taupin to write "Your Song" for $164,500 in April of 2004.

Bonhams in London sold Elton John's Steinway grand piano (circa 1971) for £42,000 in June of 2008, and another one of his Steinway grand pianos (circa 1972) for £17,553 in June of 2008.

Clothing

Heritage Auctions sold Elton's Perriot costume which was worn for both the "Chloe" and "Cry to Heaven" music videos for $14,340 in July of 2011.

Christie's in London sold a one-piece stage suit worn by Elton in the promotional video for "Chloe" (circa 1981) along with an Elton photograph and autograph for £7,638 in April of 2001; a raccoon fur coat which was worn by Elton during his 1984 world tour for £4,541 in September of 2004; a black leather jacket that was pictured on the back cover of Elton's Leather Jackets album (circa 1992) for £4,000 in July of 2008; a two-piece suit and jacket worn by Elton during his 1995 world tour for £4,113 in April of 2002; and two stage outfits worn by Elton in the early 1980s for £3,500 in July of 2008.

Sotheby's in New York sold a stage costume Elton wore for his world tour (circa 1986) for $5,975 in December of 2002, and Sotheby's in London sold a stage costume ELton wore on stage in 1972 for £9,000 in September of 2003.

Guernsey's in New York sold a costume Elton wore on Cher's television special in 1975 for $6,500 in March of 2008.

Accessories

Guernsey's in New York sold a pair of yellow and red boots that were signed by Elton and once given to Dick Clark for $8,000 in December of 2006.

Recordings

Christie's in London sold a rare acetate of Elton's first musical release under his real name Reg Dwight (circa 1965) for £1,673 in September of 2004.

Vehicles

Bonham's in London sold Elton's 1991 Aston Martin Virage CoupT for £20,000 in December of 2006.

Guide for collectors

Stage outfits that were worn by Elton during historic performances, award ceremonies or music videos are considered to be both valuable and rare, as well as memorabilia that dates back to the 1960s, or more specifically, when Elton was still using his birth name Reg Dwight.

Restoration of one of Elton's pianos is only recommended if there is noticeable damage, however, restoration of an authentic outfit is not recommended.

More information regarding Elton John memorabilia can be found at www.eltonjohnworld.om and www.eltonjohn.com.

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