James Brown Collectibles And Memorabilia



2015-06-26 11:05:59

James Brown Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the celebrated U.S soul singer James Brown.

Brief history/biography

James Brown was born on May 3rd, 1933 in South Carolina, USA, and is frequently referred to as "The Godfather of Soul" as well as "The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business."

He formed a gospel group when he was still a teenager, and released his first recording "Please, Please, Please" with the Famous Flames in 1956, which catapulted Brown to international fame. Throughout the 1960s he went on to release numerous hits that promoted the emergence of the black nationalist movements, such as “Say It Loud—I'm Black and I'm Proud," “Don't Be a Drop-Out" and “I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothin' (Open Up the Door, I'll Get It Myself)." Other notable hits include "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine," "Georgia on My Mind," "Living in America" and "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," to name a few.

Brown was also famous for his flamboyant stage clothes, and even had a "cape routine" during his concerts where he would drop to his knees on stage while his longtime MC (Danny Ray) would come out and put a cape over Brown's shoulders. While trying to ecsort him off the stage, Brown would then jump back to the microphone to perform an encore.

Brown died on Christmas day in 2006 from congestive heart failure due to complications of pneumonia.

Types of memorabilia


Premiere Props in El Segundo, California sold Brown's rhinestone suit for $1,700 in July of 2011.

Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold Brown's stage costume which he wore on Soul Train (circa 1971-78) for $4,000 in May of 2009.

Christie's in New York sold one of Brown's green jumpsuits for $6,875, Brown's leather "USA" jacket for $5,625 and his blue "love" suit for $6,000 in July of 2008.


Christie's in New York sold ten pairs of James Brown's shoes for $15,000, 18 pairs of his boots for $8,125, his blue satin cape embroidered with "Thy Name is Godfather of Soul" for $35,000, and a black cape embroidered with the words "James Brown" for $47,500 in July of 2008.

The Fame Bureau in Dartford sold Brown's silver tassel cape for £2,500 in April of 2009, and another one of Brown's silver capes for $3,000 in June of 2007.

Guernsey's in New York sold Brown's black velvet cape for $20,000 in December of 2006.


Christie's in New York sold a BET Lifetime Achievement Award presented to Brown in 2003 for $2,500 in July of 2008.


Christie's in New York sold a James Brown concert poster (circa 1963) for $3,000 in July of 2008.


Christie's in New York sold James Brown's Passport (circa 1988) featuring his signature for $7,500, a typewritten poem from boxer Muhammad Ali to James Brown for $25,000, and handwritten lyrics to the song "It's Time to Love" which appeared on his 1991 album Love Over-Due for $2,250 in July of 2008.

Guide for collectors

Memorabilia that dates back to the 1970s is considered the most rare and valuable, as well as memorabilia that was used during a historic performance, ceremony or video. Clothing that was once worn or used by James Brown, or more specifically, any of his iconic capes which he frequently wore on stage, are considered the most valuable among collectors.

Restoration of James Brown's clothing is not recommended.


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