U2 collectibles and memorabilia

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U2 collectibles and memorabilia are items relating to the Irish rock band U2.

Brief history/biography

U2 formed in Dublin in 1976 and consist of Bono on vocals and guitar, "The Edge" on guitar, keyboards and vocals, Adam Clayton on bass and Larry Mullen Jr. on drums.

The band reached international fame after the release of their 1983 album War which featured the hits "New Year's Day" and "Sunday, Bloody, Sunday," (a song which addressed how 13 Irish citizens were killed at a civil rights protest on January 30, 1972). But their 1987 album The Joshua Tree is considered to be their most successful album to date, which included tracks like "Where the Streets Have No Name," "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" and "With or Without You."

U2 still continues to tour and record together, and to this day the band has released 12 studio albums in total. The group has also won 22 Grammy Awards and are currently tied with Stevie Wonder as having the highest number of Grammy Awards ever given to an artist of contemporary music. The band are also well known for their commitment to numerous different human rights campaigns and charities, such as the Amnesty International, Live AID and The Edge's Music Rising charity, to name a few.

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005, and Rolling Stone magazine ranked U2 as #22 on their list of the "100 Greatest Artists of All Times."

Types of memorabilia

Instruments

Julien's in New York sold The Edge's Gibson Les Paul guitar for $240,000, Clayton's Fender Jazz Deluxe guitar for $22,000, Mullen's tom tom which was used in the U2's Vertigo tour for $19,000 and The Edge's 1958 archtop Gibson guitar for $105,000 in April of 2007.

Christie's in New York sold a Samick electric guitar which was signed by each member of the band for $1,265 in February of 1998.

Clothing

Julien's in New York sold one of The Edge's knit caps for $11,000 as well as a pair of his sneakers for $7,000 in April of 2007.

Photographs

Christie's in London sold 55 black and white negative photographs that were taken during U2's Zooropa tour (circa 1993) for £1,320 in May of 1994, and the original canvas back-drop which was used for U2's 1980-81 tour for £10,000 in June of 2010.

Awards

Julien's in Beverly Hills sold an MTV Moonman "Viewer's Choice" award (circa 1986-87) which was presented to the band for their single "With Or Without You" for $11,520 in June of 2011, and a 1987 Billboard Video Music Award which was given to the band for their "Where the Streets Have No Name" music video for $3,750 in June of 2011.

Guide for collectors

Memorabilia that was once signed, owned or used by The Edge or Bono is considered the most valuable among U2 memorabilia collectors, as well as memorabilia that was used and/or owned during a historic stage performance, tour, music video, etc.

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

For more information regarding U2 memorabilia visit www.u2.com.

 

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