PFC40 Autograph Index Highlights

11.6%

Average compound interest per annum between 2000-2017 of the index

£18,000

Price of a James Dean signed photo – the most valuable individual on the index

£2,950

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

Up 100%

The value of Prince Harry's signature, the biggest climber in the previous 12 months – to £1,500

Investing in autographs: JustCollecting PFC40 Autograph Index reveals best performers

The 2017 edition reveals Prince Harry's signature is the best performer in the 12 months to October 2017 – up 100% in value from £750 to £1,500.

  • At £18,000, James Dean is the most valuable individual, although photos signed by all four Beatles command £29,500.
  • George Harrison has been the best performing autograph of the new millennium, up 19.4% per annum since 2000.
  • Donald Trump signed photos (£600) are more valuable than Hillary Clinton's (£200).

Most valuable living signatures (signed photos unless otherwise 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
  6. Madonna: £995
  7. Donald Trump: £600
  8. Barack Obama: £350
  9. Hillary Clinton: £200
  10. Vladimir Putin / Pope Francis: £175

Most valuable "deceased" autographs

  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
  6. John F Kennedy: £8,500
  7. Neil Armstrong: £8,500
  8. Winston Churchill: £7,950
  9. John Lennon: £7,950
  10. Jimi Hendrix: £7,500

Best performing autographs between 2000 and 2017

  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
  6. James Dean: Up 15.3% per annum to £18,000
  7. Walt Disney: Up 15.2% per annum to £4,950
  8. Michael Jackson: Up 14.5% per annum to £1,750
  9. Ringo Starr: Up 12.8% per annum to £1,500
  10. Nelson Mandela: Up 12.6% per annum to £4,500

Best performing autographs between 2016 and 2017

  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
  6. Muhammad Ali: Up 15.4% to £2,250
  7. Salvador Dali: Up 15.4% to £2,250
  8. Martin Luther King: Up 11.1% to £5,500
  9. Marilyn Monroe: Up 10% to £11,000
  10. Prince William (signed album page): Up 10% to £2,750

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JustCollecting's head writer, Dan Wade, says: "Affection for Prince Harry is soaring due to his high profile charitable work and this summer's moving documentary on his mother's death. Add in the marriage rumours to girlfriend Meghan Markle and it's easy to see why demand for his signature has surged. But getting hold of one is tricky – it's against royal protocol to sign autographs.
"James Dean's autograph continues to be the most valuable in the index. His signature is scarce as he died aged just 24, only six months after becoming famous. That's just six months of signing autographs.
"Donald Trump signed photos have climbed 33.3% from £450 in the weeks before the election to £600 today. In contrast, Hillary Clinton's have plummeted [down 71.4%] from £700 to £200. That's clear evidence of the cachet of owning a president's signature."

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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Nelson Mandela signed photograph