The Kirk Hammett exhibit includes posters, guitars, lobby cards, film props, costumes, original artwork and vintage toys. Photo by Allison White/Kirk Hammett Horror and Sci-Fi Memorabilia Collection.


It’s Alive!


Kirk Hammett’s collection is a collection only a rock star could assemble. And across the board, it is considered one of the most impressive horror and sci-fi collections in the world. The lead guitarist of the rock supergroup Metallica himself admits it is certainly among the top two.



The Mummy
A rare poster for The Mummy (1932) is part of the “It’s Alive!” exhibit. Photo courtesy Kirk Hammett Horror and Sci-Fi Memorabilia Collection.

“The guy who has the number one collection in the world has just been doing it for the longest time,” Hammett says in the 2012 book Too Much Horror Business: The Kirk Hammett Collection (Abrams Image). “And, you know, he was pretty much the first guy out of the gates when it comes to collecting this stuff, some thirty- or forty-odd years ago. … When I came onto the scene, one thing I realized was that it really doesn’t matter how much money you have, it’s what you have to trade and who you know.”

Fans now have a chance to view 135 pieces from Hammett’s collection at the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Mass. “It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection” is the first major exhibit of Hammett’s collection. Thematic sections include the undead (Dracula, the Mummy, Frankenstein), the collector, and horror spoofs and zombies.

Hammett was the cover story of the fall 2014 edition of The Intelligent Collector.

“It’s Alive! Classic Horror and Sci-Fi Art from the Kirk Hammett Collection” runs through Nov. 26, 2017, at Peabody Essex Museum, East India Square, 161 Essex St., Salem, Mass. 01970-3783. Visit for details.

Overstreet Guide Completely Searchable

Superhero movie-mania is raising interest in key comics. “So it’s never been more important to get the latest Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide each year to stay current with the hobby,” says Barry Sandoval, director of comic operations at Heritage Auctions. The company has teamed up with Overstreet to produce a fully electronic version of the 2017-18 Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide. “This new version is alphabetically indexed and searchable by keyword,” Sandoval says. “At a cost of $30, this revolutionary new format is one of the best investments available in our hobby.” Visit for information.

Kilby’s Chip Prototype Heading to Auction

Jack Kilby’s invention of the first integrated circuit changed the world. An original “microchip” prototype can now be yours. It’s expected to realize at least $400,000 when it goes to auction Nov. 4, 2017, in Dallas and online at Kilby (1923-2005) developed the integrated circuit “chip” while working at Texas Instruments in 1958. He won the Nobel Prize in physics in 2000, with President Bill Clinton noting Kilby could “take pride in the knowledge that your work will help to improve lives for generations to come.” To the untrained eye, the chip doesn’t look like much, says Craig Kissick, director of the Nature & Science department at Heritage. “But this chip revolutionized the electronics industry.”


JONATHAN BURFORD has joined Heritage Auctions as timepiece consignment director in Beverly Hills. Burford most recently lived in London while working for a private sales and advisory company focused on rare collectibles. He advised and consulted for a client base of private banks, family offices and other high net worth individuals.

BRENT LEWIS, an art and design specialist in Los Angeles, has joined Heritage Auctions as director of design in Beverly Hills. Lewis has spent more than 15 years in the auction business, working with East and West Coast firms as a specialist and auctioneer. At Heritage, he will oversee the 20th Century and Contemporary Design department.