The Beatles continue to dominate the music memorabilia market, with three of the top sales of 2013. Signed records by the band reached new heights, with a copy of Sgt Pepper achieving $290,500 in April. The price points of younger artists have also increased - with a dress owned by Amy Winehouse achieving $73,000 in June.
Top music memorabilia sale of 2013
Bob Dylan's Newport guitar acheived a 93% increase on its pre-sale estimate
- The electric guitar Bob Dylan shocked purists with at the Newport Folk Festival sold for $965,000 in December, achieving an impressive 93% increase on its $500,000 pre-sale estimate. It is now the most valuable guitar ever sold at auction.
2013's important music memorabilia sales
- A signed copy of Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band made $290,500 in April - setting a new record for a signed Beatles album.
- A custom Beatles Vox guitar acheived an impressive $408,000 in May.
- A Travis Bean TB500 guitar used onstage and in the studio by Jerry Garcia of the Grateful Dead during the 1970s achieved $193,500 in November.
- Another Travis Bean guitar used by Jerry Garcia sold for $238,700 in December.
- The original lyrics to Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run hammered for $197,000 in December - up 97% on a $100,000 estimate.
- A signed copy of the White Album by the Beatles, the only known example, sold for $186,500 in December.
It was a breakout year for…
- An early demo tape by Radiohead achieved $3,178 in September, indicating that the band may have collectible potential.
It was a year to forget for…
- A collector who sold the kitchen table that stood in the kitchen where Joy Division singer Ian Curtis took his own life drew the ire of former band members - who branded the sale "distasteful and upsetting".
One you may have missed…
- The front door of Paul McCartney's childhood home auctioned for $7,780 in April.