There is definitely a growing market for all sorts of memorabilia, whether they are Pop of Film memorabilia, Sport Memorabilia or Royal memorabilia. As said by Jon Baddeley of Bonhams Auctioneers “Our society is fixated on celebrity”. Hence, the strong success of auctions dedicated to this sort of items.
The market is driven by nostalgia: owning a piece of memorabilia makes you share a little bit of a celebrity’s life, enables you to remember a great play, an amazing performance. Last year, for the first time, a dealer specialised in Memorabilia was invited to join the British Art Fair, which confirmed the importance of this field among the world of Antiques & Collectibles.
Memorabilia can definitely be a good investment. One could get any dress worn by Marilyn Monroe for a few thousands of pounds twenty years ago. These now sell for much more, e.g. the dress Marilyn Monroe wore when she sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to John F Kennedy sold at Christie’s for $1.4 million!
Beatles memorabilia items always encounter a great success. Their lyrics can now fetch more than half a million pounds.
No need to say that their is also a strong market for sports memorabilia. Signed shirts, balls and any other items sell well. Recently in the UK, there have been quite a lot of great opportunities to get unique sports memorabilia.
From the Antiques Trade Gazette, “Great season of sporting antiques”:
How to start a Sports memorabilia collection:
Marilyn Monroe singing Happy Birthday: