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From Ali to Beatles, fans pay top dollar

By Claire Williamson

It's a star attraction and a multi-million pound business.

Across the world fans are searching, bidding, saving and spending to get their coveted piece of memorabilia to add to their collection.

From rock stars to sports stars and from movie franchises to film stars, it is a thriving industry.

Thousands of websites and shops worldwide are solely dedicated to people hoping to get a costume or signed disc or autograph belonging to their idols.

On sale online currently a pair of signed boxing shorts belonging to boxer Muhammad Ali is going for a hefty £2,950.00.

Meanwhile in Beverly Hills, a Marilyn Monroe autograph on a small sheet of paper just two-and-a-half inches by six inches was expected to fetch more than $2,000.

Demand for items belonging to The Beatles is at an all- time high – a rare, early UK pressing of the Mono LP Please Please Me (Parlophone PMC 1202, 1963), sold for $21,250.

Also, a signed LP copy of With The Beatles, obtained by a British newspaper reporter on October 31, 1964, sold for $20,000.

The 1956 signed contract by Elvis Presley with The William Morris Agency, a contract that would quickly turn Elvis into the King of Rock and Roll, was snapped up for $30,000.

In Northern Ireland recently a a treasure trove of sci-fi memorabilia was up for grabs in Wilsons Auction in Mallusk.

Scotty's uniform jacket with the label inside inscribed 'J Doohan' and worn by him in Star Trek VI went for £3,100 from an online bidder in California. The costumes were the most popular items of the night as Geordi La Forge's Starfleet uniform worn in Star Trek Next Generation went for £1,250.

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