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  • John Lennon

    A Beatles historian has come across one of the last autographs John Lennon signed before his fatal encounter with Mark David Chapman thirty years ago. CNBC has learned that rock historian Denny Somach will put the autograph up for sale next week.

  • Funny 2010 Election Bumper Stickers

    From witches to crazy Tea Partiers to professional wrestlers — and what was that bit about meatballs? — this election has been chock full of comedic material. Here are 10 of the most hilarious election bumper stickers.

  • 15 Musicians Gone Broke Friday, 29 Oct 2010 | 10:07 AM ET
    Many people believe that the life of a famous musician is all champagne, Learjets, and a steady flow of royalty payments to pay for it all. This is certainly true for some, but there are also those who have reached the upper echelons of megastardom, only to lose it all in the blink of an eye. Some managed their money badly. Some lost everything to the managers and promoters who were supposed to be looking after their affairs. And some spent all their money on lavish mansions, expensive cars and

    Some managed their money badly. And some spent all their money on lavish mansions, expensive cars and various addictions.

  • Smooth Jams From the 'Rent Is Too Damn High' Guy Thursday, 28 Oct 2010 | 5:25 PM ET
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    Jimmy McMillan is famous for running for New York governor on "The Rent Is Too Damn High" party — and for his signature white chops. Well now, he's extending his 15 minutes of fame. His new CD drops on election day. Oh, yeah.

  • MySpace and Its Entertainment-Centric Redesign Wednesday, 27 Oct 2010 | 11:11 AM ET
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    There's no question that MySpace lost the social networking race to Facebook—it has 130 million users to Facebook's 550 million and MySpace has suffered a dramatic decline in ad revenue.

  • Vinyl Records Become Hot Collectible In Digital World Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 10:09 AM ET
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    Demand for classical music is  low, while  demand for jazz, rockabilly and early blues isnoin the rise.

  • Rules To Remember About Investing In Memorabilia Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 10:06 AM ET
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    The market is not only vast, it is also dynamic and sometimes unpredictable. Diamonds may be forever, but the same can't be said of cultural icons.

  • Playing The Celebrity-Guitar Market Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 10:00 AM ET
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    Though the condition of the instrument and the rarity of the model are also important, an interesting history is the key determining factor in the world of collectible celebrity guitars.

  • Music & Movie Memorabilia Friday, 15 Oct 2010 | 9:50 AM ET
    Whether it’s a concert ticket, a costume or a custom-made piece of jewelry, if it bears the mark of someone famous, the item’s value is likely to be inflated. Click through to see some items that stir up memories and make money

    Whether it’s a concert ticket, a costume or a custom-made piece of jewelry, if it bears the mark of someone famous, the item’s value is likely to be inflated.

  • Celebrity Auction: Marilyn Monroe & Elvis Presley Friday, 15 Oct 2010 | 9:49 AM ET
    Celebrity auctions have made big news so far in 2009, most notably  which was ultimately canceled. , which has orchestrated numerous celebrity auctions - for names like Cher, U2, Bob Hope, Elton John and Ozzy Osbourne - is planning a particularly interesting event in this year’s annual summer sale.The 2009 auction, which will be held June 26-27 at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, features over 700 celebrity items, including approximately 150 items from the life of Marilyn Monroe and unique

    Here are some highlights from Julien’s Auctions' 2009 auction at Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas, featuring over 700 celebrity items.

  • Imagine John Lennon at 70 Friday, 8 Oct 2010 | 4:05 PM ET
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    On Saturday John Lennon would have turned 70 and he's still playing a role in entertainment across multiple mediums.

  • Before Auction, Lennon Has Brush With FBI Thursday, 7 Oct 2010 | 11:37 AM ET
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    On Wednesday morning a small pop-culture memorabilia shop in Midtown opened an 836-lot auction timed to what would have been Lennon’s 70th birthday, which is Saturday. The prized item was a set of Lennon’s fingerprints made in 1976 as part of his application for citizenship. Minimum bid: $100,000.

  • Sex, Lawsuits, and Rock n' Roll Wednesday, 6 Oct 2010 | 2:09 PM ET
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    In what may be the most hilarious spoof of America's obsession with victimization and litigation, Foo Fighters front man Dave Grohl is "suing" glam rock band Scissor Sisters for $75 million.

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    How a near pristine black-and-white reel of the entire television broadcast of the deciding game of the 1960 World Series — long believed to be lost forever — came to rest in the dry and cool wine cellar of Bing Crosby’s home near San Francisco is not a mystery to those who knew him.

  • Live Nation's Leap: Concert Confidence? Monday, 20 Sep 2010 | 4:30 PM ET

    Monday Live Nation Entertainment shares soared over 6 percent, recovering some of its losses of the past month.

  • Tribute Bands Sell Classics Online—Is it Legal? Friday, 3 Sep 2010 | 11:04 AM ET
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    I've covering the growing business of tribute bands this week, as musicians who cover classic rock 'n' roll songs discover how to fill the void on iTunes for acts who don't allow digital downloads of their music. Is it legal?

  • Tribute Bands and The Secret Profits Friday, 3 Sep 2010 | 11:02 AM ET
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    Go to almost any park this Labor Day weekend and you might run into a band covering some of the most famous songs in rock 'n' roll. Tribute bands have multiplied, as original bands have stopped touring, or started charging too much for tickets.

  • Elizabeth Warren, Rap's "New Sheriff" Monday, 23 Aug 2010 | 1:16 PM ET
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    Wall Street's gotten a bad rap, and CNBC's Jane Wells has found it.

  • Why London Outsings New York in Concerts Friday, 20 Aug 2010 | 11:15 AM ET
    Madonna performs onstage during the opening night of her 'Sticky and Sweet' tour at the O2 Arena on in London, England.

    At the turn of the century, London's Millennium Dome was dismissed by many as a failure and a waste of money after it did not attract the huge numbers of visitors that the government had hoped.

  • LiveNation Entertainment Drops on Concert Woes Friday, 16 Jul 2010 | 12:28 PM ET
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    The pullback in consumer spending has slammed the concert business, and though Live Nation Entertainment is experimenting with new ticket-pricing models, that's not enough to assuage concerned investors' fears.