Sunday, March 04, 2012


Gary Sohmers

In the wake of Davy Jones' sudden passing yesterday, one way to remember and cherish his memory is to look back at the abundance of MONKEES collectibles and recall just how huge this pop culture phenomenon really was.

And the guy who knows all about them is the “King of Pop Culture” – Gary Sohmers, very colorful and flamboyant longtime appraiser on “Antiques Roadshow,” the show that started the collectibles craze on TV. (You'll instantly recognize him with his loud Hawaiian shirt and silver/gray ponytail).

“In fact,” says Gary, “there was more Monkees memorabilia made than Beatles memorabilia. The questions is, are they worth more than the Beatles? “

He’s central to the spirit of all the reality shows from Storage Wars to American Pickers to Pawn Stars and Hardcore Pawn, that are flooding TV based on the premise of discovering what people’s stashes are worth.

Gary is going to be giving appraisals of pop culture items for charity (American Cancer Society) at the upcoming NY Pier Antiques Show - New York’s largest antique, art, style and collecting event - on March 17 & 18 at Pier 94.

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