Music memorabilia is a loudly sleeping giant. Backed by legions of fans devoted to their artists of choice, the music memorabilia category is capable of generating headline sales of museum-quality assets, and it does so frequently. Iconic artists serve as the soundtrack to our lives, establishing deep emotional bonds that foster nostalgia, and that nostalgia inspires collecting pursuits. The music memorabilia category spans assets from large to small, rare to common, and obvious to niche. At the expensive end of the spectrum are stage-played guitars and instruments, as well as stage-worn outfits. At the more accessible end, both in size and price, are items like trading cards and guitar picks, in addition to miscellaneous items amounting to a rock star’s garage sale. Myriad assets of varying attributes - concert posters, handwritten lyrics, autographs, ticket stubs, apparel, and others - fill the middle ground. In our inaugural report on the music memorabilia, we provide insight and background on:
Whether you're new to the category, a casual observer, or an avid participant, all can better understand the intricacies and nuances of this vast but fascinating market.
This report is presented by The Realest, the first dedicated authentication standard and marketplace for entertainment memorabilia.