Talking Heads collectibles and memorabilia



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Talking Heads collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the influential New York band Talking Heads.


Brief history/biography

The Talking heads formed in New York City in 1974 and are considered to be one of the most commercially successful bands to come out of the 1980s thanks to their unique sound draws from various different genres like post-punk, new wave, avant-garde, funk and world music. The group consisted of David Byrne on vocals, guitar and bass, Chris Frantz on drums, Tina Weymouth on bass and Jerry Harrison on keyboards.

The band toured with the Ramones in Europe before releasing their debut album (Talking Heads ‘77) and achieved international fame thanks to songs like "Psycho Killer" and “Uh-Oh, Love Comes to Town.” The band went on to release More Songs About Buildings and Food in 1978, which contained the hit cover of Al Green's "Take Me to the River," as well as Fear of Music in 1979 and Remain in Light in 1981.

After the release of Speaking in Tongues in 1983, the band had their highest-charting album ever thanks to the hit single "Burning Down the House," which had one of the most popular music videos to ever come out of the 1980s. The band went on to release three more albums, (Little Creatures in 1985, True Stories in 1986, and Naked in 1988).

The Talking Heads disbanded in 1991, however, they briefly reunited in 1996 under the name The Heads. Despite the reunion, Byrne pursued a solo career while Harrison produced for bands like the Violent Femmes and the Crash Test Dummies, to name a few. Byrne also pursued a career as a visual artist and some of his work has been featured in various international art galleries and museums since the 1990s.

The Talking Heads were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2002.

Types of memorabilia


Christie's in New York sold Byrne's Veillette Citron bass guitar for $1,955 in November of 1994.


David Byrne auctioned off his bike for £1,370 in August of 2009, and he donated the money to the London Cycling Campaign.


Christie's in New York sold a Speaking in Tongues vinyl record album signed by Byrne for $646 in April of 2000.


James Cox Gallery in Willow, New York sold Robert Rauschenberg's lithograph on vinyl for the Talking Heads album Speaking in Tongues for $200 in September of 2010.

Christie's in Milan sold Byrne's "Sacred Objects Chinese medicine capsules" piece for €1,235 in November of 2007.

Guernsey's in New York sold two images of the Talking Heads as well as one autographed satirical portrait of David Byrne for $200 in September of 2011.

Guide for collectors

Memorabilia that was once used, signed or owned by David Byrne is considered to be more valuable than memorabilia that was once used, signed or owned by any other band member. However, memorabilia that was signed by every band member is considered to be both rare and valuable, and memorabilia that dates back to the late 1970s or early 1980s is also considered to be rare as well.

Restoration of an authentic Talking Heads instrument is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage.

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