It’s amazing how well you can do simply by jumping up and down with a microphone attached to your head….
Just ask Madonna. Aged 53, she’s still leading the cultural zeitgeist and battling a new generation of pop competition from the likes of Lady Gaga and others.
In fact, as Kylie reminded me earlier today, Madonna’s 2008 “Sticky & Sweet” tour remains the highest-grossing tour ever by a solo artist.
Concert goers are sticking with Madonna, making her 2008 tour the fourth-most-successful in music history
With US$408 million in total box office, it’s also the fourth-highest grossing tour of all time – behind U2’s U2 360° Tour, AC/DC’s Black Ice World Tour and The Rolling Stones’ A Bigger Bang Tour.
With only a microphone and dance moves, Madonna has firmly established herself in the canon of classic artists. And she didn’t need the Edge’s guitar work or Charlie Watts’ drumming to achieve it….
Madonna’s status as the world’s fourth-ever most successful artist is also reflected in her collectibles. For every memorable onstage Queen of Pop moment, there’s a memorabilia item that is as valued as it is unique.
We’ve come across a few here at Paul Fraser Collectibles – and the more iconic the better. Like this basque worn by Madonna during her legendary The Girlie Show World Tour in 1993.
Madonna’s most risqué days may be behind her – but collectibles like this basque are keeping the memories alive
Just as your sense of smell most strongly triggers your memory, concert collectibles are likewise triggering collectors’ desire to buy – whether it’s to recapture memories or simply to own pieces of rock ‘n’ roll history.
Recent big sales include a stage-worn guitar strap used by Jimi Hendrix during his legendary, guitar-smashing Monterey performance. It sold for $45,000 – such massive sums aren’t uncommon.
Meanwhile, the likes of U2, AC/DC and Beyoncé Knowles are dominating Forbes rich lists – despite leaving massive gaps between releasing albums.
This is because more and more fans worldwide are giving up buying records in favour of attending live concerts to get closer to their icons.
And this desire for ‘closeness’ is bringing fresh buyers to the world’s top auction houses. In other words, there will continue to be plenty of buzz in the concert collectibles markets.
In other words, memorabilia items linked to legends like Madonna, Michael Jackson or even Lady Gaga could be worth you close attention more than ever before.