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Kurt Cobain Day makes debut this week

Kurt Cobain’s hometown of Aberdeen, Washington holds its first Kurt Cobain Day this Thursday – on what would have been the Nirvana frontman’s 47th birthday.

The city’s mayor, Bill Simpson, said the day of commemorations is “in recognition of his artistic achievements.

“Aberdeen residents may justifiably take pride in the role our community played in the life of Kurt Cobain and the international recognition our community has gained from its connections with Kurt Cobain”, he added.

Kurt Cobain and Nirvana 1992

Kurt in 1992, two years before his death

The move has caused controversy in some quarters, with complainants arguing that Cobain’s drug taking is not a subject to celebrate.

I can see their qualms, yet if we follow that line of argument the only musician we could celebrate with a clear conscience would be Cliff Richard. No offence, Cliff.

But my reason for discussing Cobain today is this:

Kurt Cobain Day is evidence that he still matters. That his influence is still felt keenly. And that he will continue to be celebrated for years and decades to come.

Which is why I feel Kurt Cobain memorabilia is among the most exciting collectibles markets around. His Mosrite Gospel Mark IV guitar, for example, auctioned for $131,000 in 2006.

You can see the Top 10 Kurt Cobain memorabilia sales here.

One sector that looks undervalued to me is his signature, with signed photos auctioning for around £200 ($333).

And if you’re in the Washington State area, Thursday could be a great place to start your Cobain collection. Because amid the musical performances and the unveiling of a statue, a Cobain-signed guitar will be up for auction.

And if you’re not based in the north-west of the US, why not give us a call and we can source your Kurt Cobain memorabilia for you?

Email info@paulfrasercollectibles.com or call 44 (0)117 933 9500.

Dan

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What makes Beatles records so valuable?

All records signed by all four members of the Beatles are exceptionally rare, but some are rarer than others.

Please Please Me, the debut album which was released in 1963, is the most widespread – with around 70 known examples, according to Autograph Magazine’s census. Despite the record being the most commonly signed, it is not unusual for copies to sell for upwards of $15,000.

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The Beatles performing on Swedish television in 1963

With the Beatles and A Hard Day’s Night are far rarer, with around 15-20 and 8-10 known examples respectively – meaning examples very rarely come up for auction.

However, with preceding albums – including Help, Rubber Soul and Revolver – the number of signed copies available drops dramatically – down to just one or two known examples worldwide.

So why the sudden drop in signed records in the mid 1960s?

Well, at this time the Beatles were at the height of their creative powers, no longer the fresh faced teenagers who had inspired such mania amongst young girls on both sides of the Atlantic. They grew their hair long, tuned into the counterculture and shook off their teenybopper fans – becoming less approachable as they slowly imploded.

This capping of the market early on has ensured that the value of their records will continue to rise as long as demand remains consistent.

In 2011 the record for the most valuable Beatles record was set by Meet the Beatles, which realised an impressive $150,000.

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Meet the Beatles was the band’s second album in the US.

That figure has since been outstripped.

So what is the most valuable autographed Beatles record today?

That record was set in April of this year by a copy of the seminal Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, which made an incredible $290,500 – soaring past its initial valuation by 868.3%.

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Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

The value of Beatles records keeps on climbing, with the value of a signed album page up a solid 6.3% between 2012 and 2013.

You can view our signed copy of A Hard Day’s Night here, one of the 8-10 in existence.

Tom

Today in 1954: Elvis hits the big time

Some call this the start of rock and roll.

Today in 1954, Elvis Presley recorded That’s All Right (Mama), a song that would quickly gain the 19-year-old truck driver plenty of airtime and attention around Memphis and the surrounding region.

Elvis Presley

No more trucking for Elvis

During a break in recording uninspiring versions of Harbor Lights and I Love You Because at Sun Records, Elvis picked up a guitar and began playing Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup’s That’s All Right at double speed.

Producer Sam Phillips immediately knew he had struck gold.

The song hit the local airwaves two days later and was released as a single within two weeks.

The Elvis story had begun. A story that endures. To such an extent that 700,000 visitors pay a visit to Graceland each year, and his personal bible sold for £59,000 ($94,388) in 2012.

At Paul Fraser Collectibles we have a strong range of Elvis memorabilia in stock – including strands of The King’s hair!

Meteorites and me

See that star up there?

What you’re really seeing is how it looked in 500,000 BC.

And furthermore…

It doesn’t exist anymore.

Err….

I find concepts of time, space and space travel mind blowing.

And Einstein does nothing to help matters.

“People like us, who believe in physics, know that the distinction between past, present, and future is only a stubbornly persistent illusion,” he once said.

Albert Einstein

Einstein: not helpful

I’m so at sea with all this that I still find it difficult to get my head round the fact that you can actually buy pieces of space – better known as meteorites.

These have been out there, spinning around the sun (also known as orbiting I believe) for millions of years before arriving on Earth.

And that’s not all.

You can bid on an auction of a Martian meteorite (particularly rare) on July 2.

This is a planet that no human has ever set foot on.

Yet I can hold a piece in my hand?

That’s seriously mind-bending stuff.

And it explains why meteorites are making big money these days at auctions around the world.

If, like me, space and space travel fascinates you, you’ll want to be a regular reader of our space memorabilia section where you can see just how popular this sector is becoming.

Dan

Gone for a Burton?

Heard the phrase “Gone for a Burton?”

The gallows humour of the RAF in the second world war is behind its continued use here in the UK today.

Prior to the war a series of adverts ran in the UK advertising Burton’s Ale. Each would depict a scene which was lacking a key figure – a goalkeeper in a football match, for example.

The explanation would be that he had “Gone for a Burton”.

The RAF took on the saying to refer to a plane that failed to return from action.

It was black humour such as this that helped make the horrible situation seem slightly more bearable – around 44% of RAF crewmembers would lose their lives in the war .

This Dambusters signed photograph is for sale

The Dam Busters’ Guy Gibson signed this photograph

The saying caught on to such an extent that you still hear it today, except it can now refer to anything that is lost or broken.

Why am I telling you this?

Monday, April 1 will mark 95 years since the RAF was founded.

The bravery of the men and women who have taken to the skies, and still take to the skies, should not be underestimated.

If you’re looking to preserve the memory of some of the RAF’s finest, take a look at these remarkable Dam Busters collectibles we have for sale.

Dan

 

The Queen’s wedding cake for sale

For those of us on the outside looking in, owning memorabilia is as close as we are going to get to experiencing the celebrations of a royal wedding.

And when it comes to getting a true taste of the event, what can be better than a slice of wedding cake?

It’s why I’m so excited by a slice from the Queen’s marriage to Prince Philip in 1947, which is currently auctioning at our sister company PFC Auctions.

Own this and you own a piece identical to that eaten by the great and the good of the British royal family on November 20 that year: George VI, the Queen Mother, the soon-to-be Elizabeth II, not to mention royals from around the world. queen-wedding-cake

Very few examples of the cake are known – after all, it was designed to be eaten – which makes its rarity an added attraction to potential buyers.

With nine days left until the auction ends it is selling for just £133 (approx. $205), an absolute steal when you consider that a slice from Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding sold for £1,917 ($3,000) with PFC Auctions last year – a world record for a slice from the wedding.

Get bidding here.

Dan

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