Led Zeppelin autographs have become extremely valuable over the last 20 years.
In July this year, RR Auction set a new record of $22,500 for a fully signed copy of Led Zeppelin II.
What's behind the growing prices?
Let’s take a look...
Led Zeppelin split in their prime
In the words of PT Barnum: “Always leave them wanting more”.
Other rock bands have trundled on for decades. But Led Zeppelin released eight blistering albums and split in 1980 when drummer John Bonham died. That's only 12 years after they started.
There was talk of replacing Bonham.
But the remaining members of the band recognised Led Zeppelin was greater than the sum of its parts. Without Bonham, it would be an entirely different entity.
And here’s another reason.
They got big fast
Led Zeppelin were huge even before they started.
All four were well known as session musicians. Jimmy Page was a former member of the Yardbirds – an influential rhythm and blues group.
Such was the hype surrounding Led Zeppelin that they set off on tour in October 1968, four months before releasing their first album.
By 1970, they were the biggest band on the planet.
They were travelling to concerts via private jets. Partying in exclusive hotels. Travelling with a cohort of bodyguards. You weren’t getting anywhere near them, unless they wanted you to.
Autographs were out of the question for all but a lucky few.
Records signed by all four members are extremely rare
There are less than 30 fully signed Led Zeppelin records.
That's far fewer than the Beatles.
Records signed by fewer than four members of the band rarely break $1,000.
That's not to say they're not rare.
There's just a lot more of them.
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