Friday, April 29, 2005

Tongues Wagging Over Rare Kiss Collectibles

BERLIN (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – A super collector of all things relating to the band KISS will be licking his chops at the 19th Annual New York KISS Expo in Secaucus, New Jersey, on May 14th.

That’s because Berlin-based Ingo Floren who has been collecting KISS memorabilia for 20 years will be keeping his eyes peeled for rare finds.

Floren says rare and valuable KISS items are things that people used and threw out including ice cream cartons and Corn Flakes boxes, especially from Australia.

Floren says in the 1980s, when the band’s popularity in the U.S. began to diminish and started getting popular in Australia, their faces wound up on everything from food packages to kids’ clothing and even a Maybelline cosmetic bag.

But, sadly, many items were used and thrown out, and today are difficult to find.

Floren should know: He’s also the author of the new book The Official Price Guide to KISS Collectibles (House of Collectibles), and claims Gene Simmons wrote to him saying his book is the only unauthorized KISS book that he’s ever liked.

Floren will be at the Expo signing copies of his book.

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