Metallica collectibles and memorabilia
Metallica collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the U.S metal band Metallica.
Metallica formed in Los Angeles in 1981 and consisted of James Hetfield on vocals and guitar, Lars Ulrich on drums, Kirk Hammett on guitar and Cliff Burton on bass. The band's line-up has changed many times throughout the years, and past members include Ron McGovney, Jason Newsted, Dave Mustaine (who went on to form Megadeth), producer Bob Rock and Robert Trujillo (who joined the band on bass in 2003).
Throughout their lengthy history the band has dealt with numerous different issues ranging from deaths in the band and lawsuits, to drug and alcohol addiction.
Metallica has been pinned as being one of the founding "big four" music groups of the thrash metal genre along with Anthrax, Megadeth and Slayer, and to this day the band has released nine studio albums, three live albums, five plays, 24 music videos and 45 singles. The band has also won nine Grammy Awards and was the first band to have five consecutive albums to debut at number one on the Billboard 200.
Some of their most notable singles include "One," "Enter Sandman," "The Unforgiven," "The Unforgiven II," "Nothing Else Matters," "Wherever I May Roam," and "Sad but True," to name a few. Their best albums are considered by some to be Metallica (1991), which is also known as "the black album" by fans, Master of Puppets (1986), Ride the Lightning (1984) and …And Justice for All (1988).
The band's 1991 self-titled album became the 15th best-selling album in America, and March 7th has been officially declared as the "Official Metallica Day."
Metallica was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2009 and still continue to record and tour today.
Types of memorabilia
Armadillo Distribution Enterprises in Tampa, Florida sold Kirk Hammett's Dean ML Electric Guitar Master for $7,500 and Hetfields' Dean ML electric guitar for $4,500 in May of 2007.
Little KidsRock in Cedar Grove, New Jersey, sold James Hetfields' Fender Standard Series Stratocaster guitar for $18,500 in October of 2010.
Seized Assets Auctioneers in Westlake Village sold an autographed Metallica guitar collage for $2,000 in May of 2010.
Julien's in Beverly Hills sold the original artwork for Metallica's 1986 album Master of Puppets for $16,900 in November of 2004.
Christie's in London sold the original album cover artwork for the Ride the Lightning album (circa 1984) for £9,375 in July of 2009, and Christie's in New York sold original artwork for the cover of Master of Puppets (circa 1986) for $35,000 in November of 2008.
Julien's in Beverly Hills sold handwritten lyrics to "Kill 'Em All" (circa 1983) for $2,800 in November of 2004.
Julien's in Beverly Hills sold Metallica's first demo on cassette (circa 1983) for $1,000 in November of 2004.
Guide for collectors
Metallica memorabilia that dates back to the 1980s is considered to be the most rare and valuable, while memorabilia that references a popular or well-known Metallica song or album is considered to be the most valuable.
Restoration of an authentic instrument that was once owned or used by a Metallica member is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage.
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