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Hard Rock Cafe


Known for its huge collection of rock and roll memorabilia, the Hard Rock Cafe is a chain of both franchised and corporate run theme restaurants that celebrate the rock and roll hall of fame. Although the many locations vary greatly in size and style, the franchise continues to amass a record breaking collection of music memorabilia, on display in the various restaurants. The Hard Rock Cafe accepts donations of collectibles, including contributions from legends like Eric Clapton and Pete Townshend, and also purchases famous instruments, costumes, autographs and other rock and roll treasures from auctions around the world.

Facts & Figures

$2,995,000 - $4,910,000
Units in operation


The many cafes, hotels and casinos operating today under the Hard Rock name all boast an impressive display of collectibles from the giants of the music industry. Ever since the first Hard Rock Cafe in London played host to some iconic rock and roll legends and their collectible tokens of appreciation, the Hard Rock Cafe has cataloged over 77,000 pieces of memorabilia in their archives, and even briefly opened their own museum, just to showcase the collection.

History of Hard Rock Cafes, Hotels and Casinos

Founded in 1971 with a single location in London, Hard Rock Cafe started under the ownership of two Americans and featured an eclectic sense of style in its decor. The restaurant began its famous collection shortly after it opened its doors and maintained this tradition even as the business grew and changed hands. With the majority of locations now owned by the Seminole tribe of Florida, the Hard Rock Cafe brand now includes multiple international hotels, restaurants and casinos.

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