France sees boom in bizarre Johnny Hallyday memorabilia (including photo of rocker in his coffin)

A surge in "black market" Johnny Hallyday memorabilia has appeared since the French rocker's memorial in Paris just over a week ago...including cigarette butts, tissues and a photograph of his dead body in the coffin.

France sees boom in bizarre Johnny Hallyday memorabilia (including photo of rocker in his coffin)
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The passion Hallyday inspired among his millions of fans was never in question but few would have guessed how macabre the market for his memorabilia would become after his death.  
According to a report in French weekly Le Journal de Dimanche a photographer contacted the manager of a store specializing in Hallyday memorabilia offering to sell him the image of the star dead in his coffin.
“The man phoned and offered me a photo of Johnny in his casket. I can not imagine that it was taken by a family member, he must be a person who was present during the embalming of the body,” said the store manager who was not named. 
But that isn't the only strange item on the Hallyday “black market”. 

Five things you never knew about French rock legend Johnny HallydayPhoto: AFP

The butt from a cigarette, allegedly smoked by Hallyday at a concert in Carcassonne went on sale on Saturday for €90 on the country's most popular classified ads website Le Bon Coin, along with a video providing “evidence” that it had been smoked by the star who died from lung cancer. 
And there were also tissues apparently used by the singer up for sale with an asking price of €650.
And for €10,000 euros, fans could buy imprints of Johnny's ears made backstage at one of his concerts, according to the vendor named Lolo, a hearing care professional from the 10th arrondissement of Paris.
“Under the influence of emotion, everything is possible, even the despicable,” Didier Delages who sells second hand records and collectible items told the JDD. 
Among the thousands of other items that have emerged in the aftermath of the rocker's memorial in the French capital on December 9th are copies of the memorial programme for €200, a gig ticket from 2015 for €50 and a Hallyday-themed mug for €40.
But fans are encouraged to be cautious in case they are sold fake goods or ripped off during the surge in interest in these kinds of collectible items. 


Posthumous Hallyday album sells 300,000 on first day

French rocker Johnny Hallyday's posthumous album sold 300,000 copies on Friday after going on sale at midnight, the late star's record company Warner Music France told AFP.

Posthumous Hallyday album sells 300,000 on first day
Fans of the late French singer Johnny Hallyday buy albums on Friday. Photo: FRANCOIS NASCIMBENI / AFP
Fans of the singer, whose death last year sparked a nationwide outpouring of emotion, queued outside record stores on Thursday night to get their hands on the album.
Warner, which said the sales figure did not include downloads from streaming platforms, had earlier predicted that “Mon pays c'est l'amour” (My Country is Love) would go platinum (100,000 sales) within minutes of going on sale.
Hallyday's 1999 album “Sang pour Sang” (“Blood for Blood”), sold two million after selling 230,000 copies on its first day.
Hallyday, who had been a star since the 1960s, died from lung cancer in December aged 74.
His death sparked a bitter inheritance feud between his two biological children, Laura Smet and DavidHallyday, and his last wife Laeticia. Laeticia Hallyday on Friday said she had been trying to negotiate with the pair.
“We are trying (but) it is complicated, because a lot of things have been orchestrated,” she told the TF1 television channel.
“There is a lot of hate, contempt, humiliation, lies, which hurts. It's difficult to hear, it's difficult to suffer that,” she added.