Christie’s was the first auction house to offer sales dedicated to music and entertainment memorabilia more than twenty years ago. Over the years, there have been many historic moments for the memorabilia market witnessed in the saleroom, featuring items once owned, worn or played by the biggest icons of the silver screen and legends of the 20th century music scene, from the likes of Marilyn Monroe, Audrey Hepburn and Sean Connery, through to The Beatles, The Who and U2.
Music, film and television have shaped the lives of those living in the 21st century, and feature in many childhood memories – it is this nostalgia which often leads to people collecting memorabilia. Celebrities are often defined by the music they play, or the films they star in, and each item of memorabilia represents a small fragment of time in their career that allows their popularity to live on, in tangible objects. Popular Culture is a diverse category that ranges from autographs and awards through to scripts and lyrics, clothing and instruments, film props, animation art and film posters. Such items have contributed to the delight of generations, and helped build an International collectors’ market driven by passion.
The Popular Culture department at Christie’s is based in South Kensington, and offers three different sale genres each year – Rock and Pop Memorabilia, Film and Entertainment Memorabilia, and Vintage Film Posters, as well as single-owner collections and celebrity estate sales.