Celebrity autographs: the most expensive revealed



2017-10-25 10:25:45

PRESS RELEASE: For immediate release

October 25, 2017

 New research: The most expensive celebrity autographs revealed

At £2,950, Sir Paul McCartney is the world's most valuable living signature, reveals the JustCollecting PFC40 Autograph Index

·         Prince Harry's signature is the biggest mover – up 100% in 12 months to £1,500

·         Donald Trump's signed photos (£600) are worth more than Barack Obama's (£350) and Hillary Clinton's (£200)

·         James Dean is most valuable deceased signature at £18,000 

Sir Paul McCartney is the world's most valuable living signer, reveals the 2017 edition of the JustCollecting PFC40 Autograph Index – released today.

Signed photos of the Beatle are such hot property, collectors pay £2,950 to own one. Sir Paul's rise to #1 follows the death of Fidel Castro in November, who previously held the top spot at £3,950.

Sir Paul announced in 2010 that he was no longer giving autographs, a move that has seen his squiggle become increasingly scarce and valuable.

Prince William is a close second at £2,750, with JK Rowling in third at £1,950.

Produced in conjunction with Paul Fraser Collectibles, the index tracks the value of 40 of the most sought after signatures.

Top 5 most valuable living autographs in 2017 (signed photos unless stated)

1.       Sir Paul McCartney: £2,950

2.       Prince William (signed album page): £2,750

3.       JK Rowling (signed book): £1,950

4.       Ringo Starr: £1,500

5.       Prince Harry (signed album page): £1,500

JustCollecting's Dan Wade comments: "The Beatles are the most collectible band by an absolute mile. Owning Sir Paul's signature is such a thrill for fans of all generations. And now that he's stopped signing, it's only going to increase prices for those that do exist.

"Ringo, who has also stopped signing, is a relatively modest £1,500. That demonstrates the extra cachet of Paul with fans and collectors."

Wade adds: "Protocol forbids the royal family from signing autographs, although Prince William and Harry very occasionally break the rule! Royal collectors will pay big sums to own one of these rarities." 

Top 5 best performing autographs between 2016 and 2017 (signed photos unless stated)

1.       Prince Harry (signed album page): Up 100% to £1,500

2.       Donald Trump: Up 33.3% to £600

3.       Ringo Starr: Up 20% to £1,500

4.       Sir Paul McCartney: Up 18% to £2,950

5.       Vladimir Putin: Up 16.7% to £175

"Affection for Prince Harry is soaring due to his high profile charitable work and this summer's moving documentary on his mother's death," explains Wade. "Add in the marriage rumours to girlfriend Meghan Markle and it's easy to see why demand for his signature has surged."

Top 5 most valuable deceased autographs in 2017 (signed photos unless stated)

1.       James Dean: £18,000

2.       Bruce Lee (signed album page): £12,000

3.       Marilyn Monroe: £11,000

4.       Albert Einstein (handwritten signed letter): £9,500

5.       Princess Diana: £9,500

"James Dean's autograph continues to be the most valuable in the index," says Wade. "His signature is scarce as he died aged just 24, only six months after becoming famous. That's just six months of signing autographs."

Top 5 best performing autographs between 2000 and 2017 (signed photos unless stated)

1.       George Harrison: Up 19.4% per annum to £3,950

2.       Sir Paul McCartney: Up 18.1% per annum to £2,950

3.       Neil Armstrong: Up 17.5% per annum to £8,500

4.       Andy Warhol: Up 17.3% per annum to £2,950

5.       Fidel Castro: Up 16.3% per annum to £4,200

"George Harrison's early death in 2001 capped the supply of his autograph and sparked huge demand for his signature, particularly among those trying to own a complete set of Beatles autographs," says Wade.

See the full figures here

For further information and images please contact Dan Wade on +44 (0) 117 903 9502 or email dan@justcollecting.com


About the JustCollecting PFC40 Autograph Index

The JustCollecting PFC40 Autograph Index tracks the values of 40 of the world’s most sought-after autographs since 2000. The prices given are an evaluation of the dealer price for a fully authenticated, best quality signed photo (unless otherwise stated), based on close monitoring of dealer and auction sales.

A “best quality” example will feature a photograph in superb condition, depicting the subject in their most famous era, with a sharp, clear signature acquired during that period.

About JustCollecting

JustCollecting is a community and rewards club for collectors where members can buy, sell, share and manage their collections, earning exclusive reward points to spend on products, discounts and entry to competitions. JustCollecting also hosts auctions from the world's most prestigious auction houses.

About Paul Fraser Collectibles

Paul Fraser Collectibles is a dealer of high-end collectibles, with offices in the US, UK and the Channel Islands. It has the world's largest private stockholding of collectibles, and deals in fully authenticated rare manuscripts, autographs, postage stamps, coins, space memorabilia and much more besides.

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