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kate

27-05-01, 05:04 AM (GMT)
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"Ballet Memorabilia? "
 
   How much are photos of dancers such as Pavlova, Nijinsky, Markova, Nureyev, Fonteyn and such worth in the market today? Or are they only valuable to us crazed balletomanes? What about other types of memorabilia such as postcards or programmes? Just asking, I don't have any though I wish I did. I only have some nice books and video tapes.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Ballet Memorabilia? Wendy Glavis 27-05-01 1
     RE: Ballet Memorabilia? Pete 27-05-01 2
         RE: Ballet Memorabilia? Helen 27-05-01 3
         RE: Ballet Memorabilia? Caz 31-05-01 9
  RE: Ballet Memorabilia? martinjay 27-05-01 4
     RE: Ballet Memorabilia? Terpsichore 28-05-01 5
         RE: Ballet Memorabilia? kate 29-05-01 6
             RE: Ballet Memorabilia? Carine 30-05-01 7
                 RE: Ballet Memorabilia? carine 30-05-01 8
                 RE: Ballet Memorabilia? David Leonard 31-05-01 10

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Wendy Glavis

27-05-01, 12:31 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Ballet Memorabilia? "
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   A complicated question, but I'll have a go. Think the short answer is that some of these aren't too expensive. When Dance Books closed (alas, alas!) their shop in Cecil Court, they had loads of photos of Sibley and Dowell for 1 each, and ones of Fonteyn and Makarova for 2...though of course these were very special offers.

You can still get old Russian postcards of people like Pavlova, Karsavina, Kschessinskaya etc etc (Pavlova is more expensive, though) but I think prices are rising: I'd guess you might have to pay 20 or 30 or so pounds for good ones now - but maybe you could get them for less.

Programmes - you don't see these so often (and I don't know where to find them now that Dance Books has left London), but prices aren't too bad (unless you care about condition). I once saw a programme for the Diaghilev Sleeping Beauty for about 30.

On the other hand, pictures of dancers today (in colour and by well-known photographers) can be quite expensive.

The BIG problem is how to get your hands on these things. I don't know if Dance Books still sells photos at their new shop - or over the internet. (But perhaps someone can tell us!) There are still a couple of shops in Cecil Court which have ballet memorabilia, but I think they're a bit too expensive for me. (Once saw a fairly nice black and white pic of Karsavina there for something like 70.)They also sell old ballet prints.

So if anyone knows of any other places to buy old (or new) ballet photos, I would love to hear about them. (Especially if they're cheap.) And even if the things are expensive....well, we can still look, can't we?


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Pete

27-05-01, 12:56 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Ballet Memorabilia? "
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   There is always tons of ballet related stuff on eBay. If you put something along the lines of 'balle* photo*' the asterisk is acts as a wildcard and will search ballerina, ballet & photo, photograph etc. A word of warning regarding autographed items though -there are many dubious items out there!


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Helen

27-05-01, 01:47 PM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Ballet Memorabilia? "
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   I once went into one of those shops in Cecil Court ( in fact I think I might have seen that photo of Karsavina - was it in Pavillon d'Armide?), and I asked them about prices for Fonteyn- or Nureyev-related signed programmes etc., as I have a lot. They said that because Fonteyn, being very nice, signed an awful lot of things, they were not all that valuable commercially, at least not yet. I was just curious - I wouldn't dream of selling them. They're very valuable to me! I think Nureyev stuff is a bit more valuable, as he is more of an icon outside the ballet world.


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Caz

31-05-01, 00:15 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Ballet Memorabilia? "
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   >There is always tons of ballet
>related stuff on eBay.
>If you put something along
>the lines of 'balle* photo*'
>the asterisk is acts as
>a wildcard and will search
>ballerina, ballet & photo, photograph
>etc. A word
>of warning regarding autographed items
>though -there are many dubious
>items out there!


Another serious problem is that the Americans will pay fantastically over the odds for ballet memorabilia (as with everything else!) so ebay prices often bear little relation to real values.

Basically ballet memorabilia is worth whatever you are prepared to pay for it


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martinjay

27-05-01, 05:39 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Ballet Memorabilia? "
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   Kate,

I have friends who are G&S fans (well someone has to be!). As such they collect theatrical memorabilia and I've been lucky to attend an ephemera fair at the National Theatre and elsewhere in London.

Fairs are held about every six months or so and are attended by collectors. Because these people are often knowledgeable about the subject and the event is populated by dealers, prices do vary and subject and condition will affect them.

The fair I went to had old programmes, etc. A Nureyev autograph bordered and mounted beneath a photo of him was on sale at 75.00. Another stall had some (alledgedly) rare photo prints of him in (early?) Paris performances, which were on sale at 200-300(!). Hope it helps.

Best of luck.


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Terpsichore

28-05-01, 02:09 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Ballet Memorabilia? "
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   I have a UK based online store selling ballet memorabilia, you may like to take a look, we are adding new things all the time and have quite a few really interested items to add in the next few days. Generally speaking nothing reaches a price that reflects its true worth at the moment, unfortunately! http://stores.andale.com/terpsichore


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kate

29-05-01, 05:33 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Ballet Memorabilia? "
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   Thanks. All of you have been so helpful. Just an interesting fact: at Dance Books online, a photo postcard of Nijinsky costs 100!


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Carine

30-05-01, 02:33 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Ballet Memorabilia? "
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   You can also find paintings and drawings related with ballet on a French site called "galerie appassionata"
http://www.galerie-appasionata.com
There, you will find many interesting things in the "autour de la danse" page.
The prices are in French Francs !
One more detail : Dance Books, the book shop in London, has unfortunately shut down.


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carine

30-05-01, 02:35 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Ballet Memorabilia? "
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   Excuse me, I did a mistake in the URL :

http://www.galerie-appassionata.com


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David Leonard

31-05-01, 08:53 PM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Ballet Memorabilia? "
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   >One more detail : Dance Books,
>the book shop in London,
>has unfortunately shut down.


No it hasn't: just moved out of London.

Still very much in business at:

www.dancebooks.co.uk


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