Where to buy collectible sports memorabilia

Fancy getting your hands on Michael Schumacher’s Formula One helmet or a tennis ball signed by Andy Murray? We take a look at some of Dubai’s most collectible items for sale

If bare white walls are not your idea of a well-loved and lived in home, then it’s time to decorate, and we know just the trick. The knowledgeable staff at Gallery One in Dubai will not only help you make the challenging decision about what to hang on your walls, they will help you find the right frame and even deliver to your doorstep. This is home decorating made easy.

If you love fine art but have no time to studio-hop and meet artists, a trip to the UAE-wide gallery and art shop can make acquisition a breeze. Not so into art? Perhaps memorabilia is more your thing? You’re in luck! RedCarpet in Abu Dhabi can fulfil your dreams of having an original, signed photo of sporting heroes including Lewis Hamilton, Lionel Messi and Muhammad Ali, as well as Hollywood celebs such as Marilyn Monroe, Marlon Brando and, if you must, Justin Bieber.

The two outlets are the vision of Gregg and Jane Sedgewick. Gallery One, formed in 2005, has grown from being a 350 sq ft store to ten retail galleries in four countries.

Gregg attributes Gallery One’s success to the ‘democratisation of art’. His dream is to create gallery spaces for all, which are welcoming and accessible, with knowledgeable staff that make art more approachable. He adds, ‘Traditionally, galleries have not been great consumer experiences – they can be austere and intimidating. At Gallery One, we are a branded experience which is consistent, familiar and friendly. Add great products by incredibly talented artists, and it’s little surprise that we are out-selling most traditional art gallery formats’.

Add RedCarpet to the mix, their newest venture that sells memorabilia, and you have the ultimate source for home decoration.

Gallery One

From high-end art to a lower priced range of products that make perfect gifts and souvenirs, Gallery One provides multiple entry points for you to become an art collector.

The gallery’s Collection line sells high-value collectable prints by globally-renowned photographers. There are also several lines of artwork created exclusively for Gallery One, which are printed in editions and limited to small numbers.

Its Etcetera line of notebooks, cards, picture boxes and other trinkets are priced accessibly. Jessica Spaulding, Gallery One’s retail operations manager, says, ‘Our vast selection of art-related items reflects our commitment to making the general public feel as though they can be an art consumer.’
Gallery One, various locations including The Dubai Mall, www.g-1.com (04 434 1252).

RedCarpet

RedCarpet sells photographic print memorabilia signed by the sitter, plus all manner of other hard-to-find collectibles from around the world. Items at RedCarpet are sourced through reputable dealers and the autographed prints are fully authenticated, all coming with a comprehensive guarantee. Unique collectibles and signed photography at RedCarpet includes a Formula 1 helmet signed by racing legend Michael Schumacher, a tennis ball signed by the 2013 Wimbledon champ Andy Murray, and much more.

‘The most expensive item we have ever sold at RedCarpet is a signed Pelé shirt, which sold for Dhs300,000, and the most unusual item we received was a glove worn by Mohammad Ali,’ she Spaulding explains. ‘When we get things like this, they almost always sell immediately. Anything Michael Jordan-related also sells fast. We have also sold Lewis Hamilton championship helmets and Usain Bolt running shoes.’
RedCarpet, opposite Home Centre, Yas Mall, Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, www.redcarpetgallery.com (050 580 9690).

Add to your collection

19th Century Antiques
This store sells rare, vintage antiques and furniture items.
Emirates Towers, DIFC, www.19centuryantiques.com (04 388 7111).

Hollywood Collections
Stocks a wide range of limited-edition action figures and comics.
The Dubai Mall, Downtown Dubai (055 988 5988).

Robin Ruth
Sells everything from funky ornaments to keychains.
Souk Madinat Jumeirah, Umm Suqeim, www.robin-ruth.me (043 465 344).

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