The Irish Times journalist Arminta Wallace interviewed music memorabilia expert Laurence Carpenter.
Excerpt from interview:
“If you fancy owning Lady Gaga’s graffiti corset, the headpiece Beyonce wore in the video for Lemonade, or some signed lithographs by David Bowie, you need to put the dates for the 52nd Irish Antique Dealers’ Fair into your diary. More than 15,000 people are expected to visit the annual fair, which will be held at the RDS from September 22nd to 24th. Laurence Carpenter, of Irish-based music memorabilia experts Pop Icons, will be selling the above-mentioned items alongside pieces from Rihanna, Noel Gallagher and Eric Clapton. Pop Icons founder and managing director Laurence Carpenter has been a passionate collector and dealer of culturally and historically important music memorabilia for over 20 years. Specialising in high-end music memorabilia, Laurence has travelled the world buying and selling guitars, costumes, handwritten lyrics, awards, owned and used by rock and roll legends such as Bob Dylan, U2, Bowie and more contemporary music icons like Lady Gaga, Hozier, Rihanna and Coldplay.”
Laurence also specialises in representing musicians, collectors and their estates in the sale of their archives to research institutions and museums.
Laurence is not only one of the leading music memorabilia collectors and dealers in the world he also curates pieces for the Grammy Museum, sourcing the rarest rock artefacts for display throughout their museums. He has featured as a special guest dealer on Channel 4’s hit TV program “Four Rooms” and has been a expert guest on many national radio stations.
If you are reading this and you have an item that you think may be valuable and rare please send me an email with details and a picture if possible and I will be happy to get back to you to discuss. I am always looking for rare pieces of music memorabilia, handwritten lyrics, stage worn costumes, artist owned guitars, signed contracts, anything unique and rare. You can contact me using the following link: http://www.popicons.com/index.php/we-buy-music-memorabilia/