Film memorabilia are objects considered of value because of their connection to box office movies. This memorabilia includes costumes, props, advertising posters, and scripts, among other things. Fans and collectors have always coveted memorabilia, but in recent years, what was once a hobby has become big business, with millions of dollars changing hands in auctions held by such top firms as Christie's and Sotheby's. Today many popular films have their collectible items sold via independent, online movie memorabilia stores, web auctions, and at charity events.
In the early days of the internet, the larger community began to get in touch with one another online groups. As the internet grew, collectors began communicating and collecting in ways never thought possible. Facebook groups now are a central place for people to keep in touch about things and events important to the community. These groups continue to provide information to new and old collectors alike.
By the late 1990’s, the collecting community had changed forever; eBay quickly become the marketplace sell. Professional sellers took notice, causing many of them to close their bricks-and-mortar stores and focus their attention on internet sites and the future of the on-line marketplace, like HABonline.com as an alternative to eBay, Amazon and Esty.
Early on prices varied widely with internet selling. People could find posters normally valued in at a $100 selling for $20, or, on the other hand, valued at $20 going for a $100, or more. The marketplace for film memorabilia has mostly stabilized. While you can still see a rare film memorabilia go for large amounts, it is far more common to find reasonably priced or near market value items online.
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