The Velvet Underground Collectibles And Memorabilia



2015-06-26 10:27:00

The Velvet Underground Collectibles And Memorabilia are items relating to the iconic and influential U.S band The Velvet Underground.

The Velvet Underground formed in New York City in 1964 and are considered to be one of the most important bands of all time. Their unique sound, which was influenced from a combination of different genres such as psychedelic rock, folk, and drone music, helped lay the groundwork for many future rock bands like The New York Dolls, The Sex Pistols, Talking Heads, Sonic Youth and many more; (or in the famous words of Brian Eno: "The first Velvet Underground album only sold 10,000 copies, but everyone who bought it formed a band."

Brief history/description

The band's lineup had consistently evolved throughout the 1960s and 1970s, however its "core" members were Lou Reed, John Cale and Sterling Morrison. (Other past members include Maureen Tucker, Angus MacLise, Doug Yule, Walter Powers and Willie Alexander). Songwriter Lou Reed was well known for using his experiences with psychedelic drugs as an influence for his songwriting, (as heard on "Heroin" and "White Light/White Heat.")

Artist Andy Warhol soon managed the band, and his "sidekick" Nico (who was also a German singer), helped in the recording process for the band's 1967 debut album The Velvet Underground & Nico. This collaboration would soon go down in not only music history, but art history as well, and the album was listed as the "13th greatest album of all time" by Rolling Stone. Andy Warhol helped design the cover of the album and the group also appeared in Warhol's film The Velvet Underground and Nico: A Symphony of Sound (1966).

Velvet Underground was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1996, and all four of their albums were included in Rolling Stone's list of "The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time."

Types of memorabilia


Christie's in New York sold a Fender Squier Stratocaster-style electric guitar which was signed by Lou Reed, John Cale and Moe Tucker for $1,440 in December of 2006.


A 1966 Velvet Underground & Nico acetate LP was sold on eBay for $25,200 in December of 2006.

Christie's in New York sold a signed Andy Warhol's index book along with a Velvet Underground 45 "flexi" record and a Lou Reed image for $2,390 in June of 2004.


Christie's in New York sold a concert poster featuring The Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol and Nico (circa 1966) for $7,500 in June of 2009.


Christie's in London sold the original Andy Warhol Velvet Underground & Nico album cover (circa 967) for £1,293 in April of 2002 and a rare sheet of seven original "unpeeled" banana stickers designed by Andy Warhol which were used on the same album for $16,250 in June of 2009.

Guide for collectors

Velvet Underground memorabilia that dates back to 1967, or more specifically, when Andy Warhol and Nico were collaborating with the band, is considered the most rare and valuable among collectors. As a matter of fact, the 1966 Velvet Underground & Nico acetate LP was listed as one of the top ten most valuable vinyl records in history.

Memorabilia that was signed by all members of the Velvet Underground is also considered valuable.

Restoration of an authentic acetate LP is not recommended.

Collectors can find more information regarding Velvet Underground memorabilia by visiting

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