Hard Rock Cafe and Bonhams to host the Antiques Rockshow in Dublin

Hard Rock Cafe, Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 1
Friday 23rd March 2012 11am-3pm

Ever wondered what your treasured signed Beatles LP is worth? What about that original Rolling Stones tour poster you ripped off the wall in the 70's or that broken guitar Brian May gave to you?

Well, now's your chance to find out when the Antiques Rockshow comes to Dublin!

Brought to you by two giants of Rock 'n' Roll memorabilia, Hard Rock Cafe and Bonhams auction house, the Antiques Rockshow will take place at the Dublin cafe on Friday 23rd March.

Two Bonhams specialists in the world of memorabilia, Stephanie Connell and Stephen Maycock, will be present at Hard Rock Cafe (Fleet Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 1) between 11am and 3pm and will give a appraisal to any genuine piece of music history (Maximum 3 items per person). If you like the price and are wishing to sell, then you will be able to add your item to the Entertainment Memorabilia Auction taking place at the Bonhams auction house in Knightsbridge, London on 3rd July 2012.

Bonhams have previously sold some of the most important rock 'n' roll memorabilia to appear on the market, including the Eric Clapton guitar and amp collection in March 2011 for $2.1 million. Other past items include the original artwork for the Clash album London Calling (£72,000), Obi-Wan Kenobi's cape from Star Wars (£60,000), an autographed copy of the Beatles Sergeant Pepper album (£16,500) and a Beatles autographed Liverpool Airport sign (£19,800). Stephanie Connell, Head of Entertainment Memorabilia at Bonhams is very excited about the Rockshow, "Hard Rock Cafe is an iconic institution in the world of Rock 'n' Roll and we hope to see some great items on the day."

Many iconic names in rock and pop have played in Dublin venues. Were you there? Did you manage to meet the stars and get posters or autographs? If so they could be worth more than you think, so why not come to the Antiques Rockshow and discover their appraise. Bonhams have previously sold many Irish items relating to bands including U2, for example a rare autographed pressing of the 12inch single U2: Three fetched £1,800 at auction.

"With all of our amazing music memorabilia, Hard Rock is the ideal place to host the Antiques Rockshow," added Calum MacPherson, Area Vice President of Operations for Hard Rock International. "We're sure that we're going to see some unique items at the event. And who knows? Maybe a few of them will be incredible enough to become part of our collection!"


NOTES FOR EDITORS

Bonhams, founded in 1793, is one of the world's largest auctioneers of fine art and antiques. The present company was formed by the merger in November 2001 of Bonhams & Brooks and Phillips Son & Neale. In August 2002, the company acquired Butterfields, the principal firm of auctioneers on the West Coast of America. Today, Bonhams offers more sales than any of its rivals, through two major salerooms in London: New Bond Street and Knightsbridge; and a further three in the UK regions and Scotland. Sales are also held in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Carmel, New York and Connecticut in the USA; and Germany, France, Monaco, Hong Kong and Australia. Bonhams has a worldwide network of offices and regional representatives in 25 countries offering sales advice and appraisal services in 60 specialist areas. For a full listing of upcoming sales, plus details of Bonhams specialist departments go to www.bonhams.com