How time flies... Already two years have passed since John Lennon's 70th birthday (and the 30th anniversary of his death) in 2010. Collectors love big anniversaries. In the case of Lennon, his 70th resulted in some big memorabilia and autograph sales on the auction markets.
A jacket Lennon wore in a 1966 Life magazine photo shoot was sold for $240,000 in December 2010. An original copy of his handwritten lyrics to "A Day in The Life" sold for $1.2 million at a Sotheby's New York auction in June that same year.
And, in August 2010, John Lennon's porcelain toilet (!) from his Berkshire home sold for £9,500 at an auction organised by Beatles expert Stephen Bailey in the Fab Four's hometown of Liverpool, UK.
Happy Birthday to Muhammad Ali - 'the Greatest'
Now it is the turn of Muhammad Ali, who today marks his 70th birthday. Ali has already proven himself as one of the blue chips of the collectibles markets. Did you know that Ali's memorabilia outperformed the stock markets in 2011 - his rare collectibles went up in value by 8.25%?
Big Ali sales last year included the auctioning of his 'Fight of the Century' trunks for a $173,102 World Record price. What's it like to preside over such a massive sale? We asked the auctioneer in an exclusive interview which you can read here.
Even better, while the top pieces of Muhammad Ali memorabilia are bringing hundreds of thousands at auction, you don't need to be wealthy to enjoy owning an authentic piece of Ali's legacy. In fact, why not own two great legacies in one collectible...?
Among Paul Fraser Collectibles' items for sale is this large framed photo of Muhammad Ali with The Beatles, signed by Ali himself.
Bearing in mind a pair of Ali's trunks auctioned for $173,102 just a few weeks ago, what do you reckon this genuine signed photograph is priced at? Answer: just £1,950.
Expect to see and hear much more from Muhammad Ali and his collectibles in 2012. And also guitar hero Jimi Hendrix, who would have marked his 70th birthday in November of this year. Watch this space for more news from the collectible memorabilia markets.