He may be 'always' on our mind' - but Prince trumps the King

He may be ‘always on our mind’ - but Prince trumps the King

One of the biggest icons of the 20thcentury, Elvis, forever known as The King, would have turned 80 on Thursday 8thJanuary.

To celebrate, eBay has looked at who is the King of Music Memorabilia on the online marketplace and found that the (Elvis) King has been trumped by Prince – and young pretenders, One Direction, who have sold nearly 150,000 items in just three months.

Nonetheless, with more than 70,000 listings for Elvis memorabilia on from mugs to masks and even his personal effects, he’s clearly ‘always on our mind’. And in the last three months*, 50,000 items celebrating Elvis have sold on the online marketplace – meaning a piece of Elvis memorabilia sells every four minutes on Unusual items that have sold include an Elvis pinball machine and a drinking glass owned by the King, as well as more than 2,000 Elvis wigs.

Despite not having had a No 1 single since “Suspicious Minds” in 1969, Elvis is still ahead of other musical favourites including Michael Jackson (sales of 23,000) and Madonna (sales of 19,100).

See below for’s top 15 ranking of musical stars’ memorabilia sales:

  1. One Direction


  1. Prince


  1. Elvis


  1. The Beatles


  1. U2


  1. Pink Floyd


  1. Michael Jackson


  1. Kylie


  1. Madonna


  1. Beyonce


  1. Eminem


  1. Abba


  1. Led Zeppelin


  1. Britney Spears


  1. Wham!



Laura Wilkinson-Rea of eBay comments:

“They may have come third on X Factor, but there’s only ‘One Direction’ for sales of their memorabilia – and that’s up. But will they be as popular when they turn 80 as the original ‘pop idol’, Elvis? Only time will tell.”



Notes to editors

eBay delivers one of the world’s largest online marketplaces to customers via any connected device, connecting people with the things they need and love.  Founded in 1995 and opening in the UK in 1999, eBay has more than 18 million unique visitors per a month in the UK and Ireland. Around 70% of listings are for new, fixed-price items and the UK site is home to more than 100 high street brands and retailers. 



Rebecca Williams, Yasmin Khostovan and Laura Cullinane at Launch PR – 020 7758 3900 or


*Sales on between 15th September and 13th December