Jim Morrison Collectibles And Memorabilia



2015-06-26 11:06:35

Jim Morrison Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the poet and Doors lead singer Jim Morrison.

Brief history/description

James Morrison was born on December 8th, 1943 in Melbourne, Florida, and was the lead singer and lyricist for the Los Angeles-based band The Doors, a group that "ruled" the historic Summer of Love music scene during the late 1960s.

Morrison briefly enrolled at the University of California in Los Angeles to study film, and although he contemplated dropping film studies altogether during his enrollment he eventually graduated from UCLA in 1965 due to fear of being drafted in the Vietnam War.

At the peak of his fame Morrison dealt with alcoholism and drug addictions and often had violent and offensive outbursts on stage. (On March 5th, 1967, Morrison was arrested after exposing himself on stage) It was said that Morrison's popularity never recovered after the incident and he fled to Paris in the spring of 1971 to take a break from the band and write poetry. However, on July 3rd, 1971, Morrison was found dead in the bathtub of his apartment; and although it is listed that Morrison died of heart failure, an autopsy was never conducted and mystery has always surrounded his death.

Morrison was buried at the Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris, France and his grave site has become one of the most popular tourist attractions not only in Paris, but in Europe as well.

Types of memorabilia


Christie's in New York sold a mugshot photograph of Jim Morrison for $10,000 in June of 2008, a 1960s photograph of Morrison taken by Linda McCartney (Paul McCartney's first wife) for $5,875 in October of 2000, and a 1958 high school yearbook with signed photographs of a teenaged Jim Morrison for $5,175 in November of 1994.

Phillips de Pury & Company in New York sold a photograph of Jim Morrison taken by Joel Brodsky for £17,000 in December of 2010.


Christie's in New York sold a collection of Morrison's poetry for $6,250 in June of 2008; a handwritten poem by Morrison (circa 1970) titled "The American Night" for $50,400 in December of 2006; a 40-page Morrison poetry book for $3,585 in July of 2003; a 1969 Morrison poetry book for $4,780 in July of 2003; a typescript poem by Morrison (circa 1968) for $6,600 in November of 2005; and a handwritten Jim Morrison poem (circa 1970) for $22,800 in December of 2006.

Christie's in New York also sold an untitled handwritten poem written by Morrison for $10,000 in November of 2007 and a handwritten Morrison poem (circa 1970) for $22,800 in December of 2006.

Sotheby's in London sold a poem written by Morrison in 1967 for £10,575 in June of 2002.


Fame Bureau in Dartford sold Jim Morrison's last notebook for $91,000 in September of 2008, and another one of Jim Morrison's last notebooks for $140,000 in June of 2007.

CooperOwen in Egham, Surrey, also sold one of Morrison's last notebooks for £72,000 in July of 2006.


Profiles in History in Calabasas Hills, California sold Jim Morrison's frock coat for $16,000 in May 2009.

Guide for collectors

Poetry that was handwritten by Morrison is considered to be the most valuable out of all the Morrison-related memorabilia. Also, any memorabilia that was once signed or used by Morrison is considered extremely rare and valuable as well.

Restoration of an authentic poem written by Morrison is not recommended.


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