KISS collectibles and memorabilia
KISS collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the U.S rock band KISS.
KISS formed in New York City in 1973 and consists of Gene Simmons on vocals and bass guitar, Paul Stanley on vocals and guitar, Ace Frehley on vocals and lead guitar, and Peter Criss on drums and vocals.
KISS has become an international phenomenon not only for hit singles like "Rock 'n Roll All Nite," "I Was Made for Lovin' You" and "Detroit Rock City," but also for their "flamboyant" stage outfits and face make-up.
Types of memorabilia
Greg Manning Auctions and Butterfields sold Simmons' Spector electric bass (circa 1977) for $21,850, another Simmons' bass which he used in various tours throughout the 1980s for $17,250, Simmons' axe-form electric bass accompanied with his signature for $16,100, Simmons' axe-form guitar (circa 1983) for $40,250, and Stanley's star guitar (circa 1980) for $34,500 in Los Angeles in June of 2000.
Armadillo Distribution Enterprises in Tampa, Florida sold a digital guitar design signed by Ace Frehley for $7,500 in May of 2007.
Christie's in London sold a 1980 Kramer Axe limited edition electric guitar which was signed by Simmons for £2,510 in September of 2004, and another 1980 Kramer Axe electric guitar also signed by Simmons for £3,300 in August of 1992.
Butterfields Auctioneers and Greg Manning Auctions sold Simmons' stage costume (circa 1979/80) for $9,500, four original KISS costumes on life-size mannequins (circa 1996/97) for $189,500, four original KISS costumes on life-size mannequins(circa 1998/99) for $145,500, a Simmons' stage costume (circa 1998/99) for $32,200, another Simmons' stage costume (circa 1975/76) for $20,700, Stanley's stage costume (circa 1979) for $16,100, and four KISS stage costumes (circa 1977/78) for $86,250 in Los Angeles in June of 2000.
Christie's in London sold four costumes worn by KISS in the film Kiss Meets the Phantom (circa 1978) for £20,900 in May of 1993.
Backstage Auctions in Houston, Texas sold Gene Simmons' fire breathing sword for $6,043, Simmons famous "S" boots for $6,238, as well as his bloody towel that was used during a KISS concert in Detroit (circa 1979) for $2,024 in December of 2005.
Julien's in Beverly Hills sold a pair of Simmons' thigh-high boots (circa 1987) for $6,400 in October of 2011, and also a pair of Simmons' black and white checkered pants for $1,792 in June of 2011.
Butterfields Auctioneers and Greg Manning Auctions sold a KISS painting of the Destroyer album by Ken Kelly which was also personally owned by Simmons for $11,500 in Los Angeles in June of 2000.
Backstage Auctions in Houston, Texas sold the original album artwork for the Rock and Roll Over album for $9,954 in December of 2005.
Butterfields Auctioneers and Greg Manning Auctions sold three album cover paintings on canvas which depicted the band members as comic book characters for $13,800, and a painting of the Love Gun album cover by K.W. Kelly for $25,875 in Los Angeles in June of 2000.
Guide for collectors
KISS memorabilia is considered a hot commodity for any music or celebrity memorabilia collector, especially since there are various different types of KISS-related memorabilia on the market such as KISS costumes, board games, action figures, comic books and much more.
Memorabilia that dates back to the 1970s is considered rare among KISS memorabilia collectors, but not necessarily the most valuable. Memorabilia that was once owned or used by Gene Simmons tends to be more valuable than memorabilia that was once owned or used by any other band member.
Memorabilia that was used or worn during a historic stage performance, tour, music video or awards ceremony is also considered rare and valuable.
For more information regarding where to find KISS memorabilia visit www.kissonline.com, or www.kissrocks.net (which is considered to be one of the best sites for buying, selling, and trading rare KISS memorabilia).