PFC40 Autograph Index Highlights


Average compound interest per annum between 2000-2018 of the index


Price of a Steve Jobs signed magazine – the most valuable individual in the index


Value of a Sir Paul McCartney signed photo – the most valuable living signature in the index

Up 100%

The rise in value of Stephen Hawking’s signature, the biggest climber in the past 12 months – to £30,000

Investing in autographs: Paul Fraser Collectibles' PFC40 Autograph Index reveals best performers

The 2018 edition reveals Stephen Hawking’s signature is the best performer in the 12 months to November 2018 – up 100% in value from £15,000 to £30,000.

  • At £40,000, Steve Jobs is the most valuable signer, a result of his reluctance to sign, early death and Apple’s iconic status.
  • Steve Jobs is also the best performing autograph of the 21st century, up 27.6% per annum since 2000.
  • Paul McCartney is the most valuable living signer, at £2,950.

Most valuable living signatures (signed photos unless otherwise stated)

  1. Sir Paul McCartney: £2,950
  2. Prince William (signature): £2,750
  3. JK Rowling (signed book): £2,250
  4. Prince Harry (signature): £2,000
  5. Ringo Starr: £1,500

Most valuable "deceased" autographs

  1. Steve Jobs (signed magazine): £40,000
  2. Stephen Hawking (signed book): £30,000
  3. James Dean: £18,000
  4. Bruce Lee (signed album page): £12,000
  5. Marilyn Monroe: £11,000

Best performing autographs between 2000 and 2018

  1. Steve Jobs (signed magazine): Up 27.6% per annum to £40,000
  2. Barack Obama: Up 21.8% per annum to £350
  3. George Harrison: Up 18.2% per annum to £3,950
  4. Kurt Cobain: Up 18.1% per annum to £2,000
  5. Prince Harry (signature): Up 18.1% per annum to £2,000

Best performing autographs between 2017 and 2018

  1. Stephen Hawking (signed book): Up 100% to £30,000
  2. Prince Harry (signature): Up 33.3% to £2,000
  3. JK Rowling (signed book): Up 15.4% to £2,250
  4. Kurt Cobain: Up 14.3% to £2,000
  5. Steve Jobs (signed magazine): Up 14.3% to £40,000


Paul Fraser Collectibles’ Daniel Wade comments: "For years the baby boomers have driven autograph prices. Now we’re starting to see the influence of the children of the 80s and 90s. They’re the ones who grew up with Kurt Cobain on their wall, who remember when JK Rowling published the first Harry Potter book, and who watched Steve Jobs unveil the original iPod in 2001. They’re now wage-earning adults, starting to get nostalgic for their youth, and wanting to own a piece of that youth.
“Steve Jobs and Stephen Hawking’s signatures are incredibly rare. Jobs was a reluctant signer, always maintaining that Apple was a team effort. Only a handful of genuine Stephen Hawking hand-signed books exist, mostly from the 70s before Hawking's illness made it impossible for him to write. You’re more likely to see Hawking’s thumb print signatures, which are generally far cheaper. Hawking’s death in March 2018 has seen demand for both types of his signature surge.”

About the PFC40 Autograph Index

The 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 8 x 10 inch 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.

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