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POP! Some like it hot: the Pop Culture collectibles market

Robert Eaton
4 min read
Playboy’s first published issue, featuring Marilyn Monroe.

Capturing a moment

Why is the Pop Culture collectibles market so hot? In every lifetime, there are people or events that forever epitomize a moment in time. Whether it defines an entire decade or one poignant turning point, these emotions will be linked in our collective psyche to a specific time and place in our shared history.


That’s pop culture. It allows us to relive those unforgettable moments of zeitgeist, from music, entertainment, art and current events, often in a very visceral way.

Signed Beatles album cover, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" RR Auction
Signed Beatles album cover, “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” sold by RR Auction.

The Pop Culture collectibles market is perhaps our most emotional, evocative category. Hollywood, music, pop art … Each gave rise to its own superstars, trends and unforgettable imagery. Pop culture collectors are some of the most passionate we’ve seen.


 If you have memorabilia you’d like to consign—autographs, signed documents, photos, posters, clothing, instruments, unique items of all kinds—contact us.

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