Memorabilia is the Ultimate Gift
People are always looking for the Ultimate Gift for a friend or family member. What else would make a better gift than something signed by a Sport or Movie star or their favourite Musician or Band. Imagine seeing the look on their face when they unwrap their gift and are blown away by what they now have just received.
Signed Memorabilia is the ultimate gift. It means something, it’s special, it comes with a certificate of authenticity and most importantly it will increase in value. Most gifts whether for Birthday, Christmas or just because you love and respect the person don’t increase in value as time goes on but Signed Memorabilia does. Take for instance the sad and untimely death of basketballer Kobe Bryant the demand for his memorabilia skyrocketed as well as the prices the day after his death.
Same as when Michael Jackson Passed away his signed memorabilia increased by thirty percent minutes after details of his death were announced. My Father is a huge Beach Boys fan and I recently bought him a framed picture signed by Mike Love and Brian Wilson, he was so happy when he opened it he immediately put it up on his wall in the living room and I get to see it every time I visit and remember the joy it gave him.
I also know the remaining members of The Beach Boys days are sadly numbered and I will definitely telling my father to get the items valued. Your Love One or friend will be so surprised and happy with this amazing gift and will show it off in their home for many years to come.
Alternatively there is also some cheaper and more affordable Memorabilia that can be found on eBay and Amazon. Although most of this type of Memorabilia is more novelty type items that won’t increase in value they still look good and make the perfect gift for any occasion. Things ranging from rare photos, books and even glassware. My favourite though is the picture frame that comes with photos and a plaque containing the history of your favourite band, actor or sport star.
The Band Queen
April 1970 saw Freddie Mercury join Guitarist Brian May and Drummer Roger Taylor to become lead singer of their band Smile . Bassist John Deacon joined the band in 1971 and with Freddie insisting the band be called Queen the other members reluctantly agreed. Freddie than used his graphic arts skills to design Queen’s new logo.
Queen recorded a demo tape consisting of four songs, Keep Yourself Alive, Jesus, Liar and The Night Comes Down but had little interest from any record labels. Freddie had also officially changed his name to Freddie Mercury. In 1972 Queen entered a management deal with Norman Sheffield and Norman immediately worked to get a label to the sign the band.
In 1973 Queen signed a deal with Trident/EMI and began work on their debut album titled simply as ‘Queen’. The album received some positive feedback from critics but was shunned by the mainstream audience and the lead single ‘Keep Yourself Alive’ sold poorly. The band continued to drawer an audience on tour and saw more success with their second album Queen ll.
Queen ll went to number five on the British charts and Freddie Mercury’s ‘Seven Seas of Rye’ went to number 10 giving Queen their first chart hit. Queen’s first U.S. tour came to an abrupt end when Brian May collapsed and was diagnosed with hepatitis. Sheer Heart Attack is the bands third album and was a huge success going Gold in the U.S. and reaching number 2 on the UK charts as well as selling quite well in Europe.
Off the album ‘Killer Queen’ went to number two and ‘Now I’m Here’ went to number eleven in the UK. The band were starting to notice their hard work paying off and Freddie lapped it up both on and off the stage. Freddie loved to perform and would always involve the audience with his theatrics. He was now becoming the ultimate rockstar.
1975 saw the release of ‘A night at the opera’ featuring the epic hit ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Bohemian went to number one and stayed there for nine weeks in the UK. The band had now reached new heights and were selling out stadiums all over the world. Queen would see out the 70s with three more albums and many more hits. Songs like Fat Bottom Girls, Somebody to Love and Don’t stop me now, would showcase the band and Freddie’s performances were nothing less than legendary.
Freddie’s first love and serious relationship was with May Austin. The two had met through Brian May and lived together in Kensington for many years in the 70s. Freddie started to show interest in men in the mid 70s and through the 80s started dating and having relationships with the same sex, while partying and being a part of the ‘scene’. He continued a friendship with Mary, stating Mary was his only friend and no one could replace her.
His need to be accepted by the gay community and his outlandish behaviour would always make the headlines with the press. In the 80s Mercury also embarked on a solo career which saw Freddie release two albums Mr Bad Guy and Barcelona but the albums or his solo career never matched the success Queen had achieved. He soon returned to the band to tour and make new music.
On the 13th of July 1985, Queen performed at Live Aid in front of the biggest ever T.V. audience of 1.9 Billion people. Held at Wembley stadium the concert featured some big acts including Sting, Phil Collins, U2, Dire Straits, The Who and Paul McCartney. Queen stole the show performing 6 songs and Freddie Mercury had the 72,000 Wembley Stadium crowd eating out of his hands. It is still seen as the greatest rock performance in history by any band.
Freddie was noticeably ill in his last years with the band. He found out he contracted the HIV virus in 1986. Although Freddie went to great efforts to keep the news of his illness away from the press, Freddie’s appearance and sudden absence of the band from touring all but proved the rumours were true.
Freddie continued recording with the band when he was physically capable, but by 1991 the illness was starting to wear him down, until he eventually lost his eyesight and was bed ridden. Mary Austin would visit and comfort Freddie until he finally passed away on 24th of November 1991 at the age of 45. His funeral was held 3 days later and was attended by 35 of his closest friends.
A tribute concert for Freddie Mercury was held on the 20th of April 1992 at Wembley stadium in front of 72,000 people. The three remaining members opened the concert with a message to their fans, the music then started with performances from acts like Metallica, Def Leppard, Guns n Roses and many other big names. It was the perfect send off to one of the worlds greatest performers.
Things to look out for when buying Sport, Music and Movie Memorabilia.
- Do your research before purchasing any memorabilia.
- Ensure you are buying from a reputable seller.
- Ensure the item comes with a certificate of authenticity.
- Go with the Big names eg. Michael Jackson, Muhammad Ali, Harrison Ford
- Think of supply and demand, look for someone who is recently deceased or someone who is older.
- Keep and make copies of your receipts and proof of purchase and store them in a safe place.
Rules To Remember Once You Purchase Your Investment
- Do not fall in love with your investment.
- Have a good relationship with the seller as they may come across some items of interest in the future.
- Look after your Investment, store it in a safe place to keep it’s Value.
- Make sure you insure your investment in case of loss or damage.
- Build up a collection to increase value to your investment.
Memorabilia Comes in all Shapes and Sizes
Memorabilia is all about the Nostalgia and theres so much different types of Memorabilia that you can find. When it comes to Queen Memorabilia theres no shortage of choice. On eBay alone you can find everything from vintage concert posters to Tour Jackets and T shirts and even limited edition professionally taken photos.
On Amazon you can find Custom Framed Gold Plated LPs, Wall Clocks and of course Promo Posters, Concert Memorabilia and much much more. All these items are great and will make the perfect gift. They look good displayed in the home or on the wall and will put a smile on anyones face, but they will very rarely increase in value and they don’t have that personal touch that Signed Memorabilia has.
Unfortunately Signed Memorabilia can be pricey and is more suited as an investment than a gift. In saying that though if you can get a group to chip in, signed memorabilia would make the ultimate gift that someone could cherish for many years to come. Keeping in mind though you need to do your research before hand and buy from a reputable dealer. For this I recommend HollywoodMemorabilia.com.
Queen – Somebody To Love
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Queen Memorabilia is a great gift for any fan, Signed Memorabilia by Queen would be even better as the value will go up over time making it a great investment as well. Unfortunately Signed Memorabilia can be quite expensive, I think it’s worth having a look and see if there is anything in your price range(but please remember to follow my rules before purchasing).
Alternatively Amazon and eBay have some great memorabilia on their sites that will still put a smile on any Queen fans face and will still make a great gift. Click the banner below to be taken to HollywoodMemorabilia.com where you find plenty of great Queen signed Memorabilia on offer. I have also left the links below for Amazon and eBay where they have a great range of memorabilia also. Either way your going to put a smile on someones face with this gift. Thankyou for taking the time to read my Article and I hope I help you with your Gift Idea problems. Also please leave any questions or comments in the comments section below.
If signed memorabilia is out of your price range you can also find awesome memorabilia on eBay or Amazon that will also make a perfect gift for any Queen fan.