Regular readers will no doubt know by now that this blog loves a bit of history. Not a lot of the stuff from the early days of the dance music scene has survived, and stories of highly questionable accuracy linger to this day – the myth of the Belleville Three being one, for example.
This means flyers and other memorabilia can be worth a lot of money. I recently wrote about how a Shoom fanzine from 1988 sold for £450 on eBay – and now there’s a flyer up there for an event which took place on March 12th in the same year.
At the time of writing this article, bidding for the item – which contains a curious piece of text, “no ruffians” – is at £235, and the online auction isn’t due to end until this coming Sunday. Whilst I have no estimate this time, the highest price a flyer from this era got to was £1200 – and that was for the first Hedonism event which took place around the same time.
The proceeds this time are going to a man who aspires to get back into DJing. He’s having a bit of a hard time at the moment – and music would really help him out. Even as someone who’s only done a tiny amount of DJing in the past, I can understand its cathartic effects on the brain.