PFC40 Autograph Index Highlights


Average compound interest per annum between 2000-2016 of the index


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


Value of a Donald Trump signed photo


Price of a Fidel Castro signed photo – the world's most valuable living signature

Investing in autographs: JustCollecting PFC40 Autograph Index reveals best performers

The 2016 edition of the JustCollecting PFC40 Autograph Index reveals Fidel Castro remains the world's most valuable living signature, at £3,950 for a signed photo.

  • At £18,000, James Dean is the most valuable individual, although photos signed by all four Beatles command £28,000.
  • George Harrison has been the best performing autograph of the new millennium, up 20.3% per annum since 2000.
  • Hillary Clinton signed photos (£700) are more valuable than Donald Trump's (£450).

Most valuable individual signatures (signed photos unless otherwise stated)

  1. Fidel Castro: £3,950
  2. Paul McCartney: £2,500
  3. Prince William (signed album page): £2,500
  4. JK Rowling (signed book): £1,950
  5. Ringo Starr: £1,250

Most valuable "deceased" autographs

  1. James Dean: £18,000
  2. Bruce Lee (signed album page): £11,000
  3. Marilyn Monroe: £10,000
  4. Princess Diana: £9,500
  5. Albert Einstein (handwritten signed letter): £8,950

Best performing autographs between 2000 and 2016

  1. George Harrison: Up 20.3% per annum to £3,750
  2. Neil Armstrong: Up 18.7% per annum to £8,500
  3. Andy Warhol: Up 18.5% per annum to £2,950
  4. Paul McCartney: Up 18.1% per annum to £2,500
  5. Fidel Castro: Up 16.9% per annum to £3,950


Head writer at JustCollecting, Dan Wade, says: "Rarity is the reason Fidel Castro remains the most valuable living signer. He's one of the best-guarded men in the world, so getting close enough for an autograph has proved almost impossible.
"James Dean's signature continues to head the list overall. His autograph is so scarce - he died aged just 24, only six months after becoming famous. That keeps supply low. Dean's enduring popularity ensures continued demand.
"Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump's signed photos have soared in value in the past four months as we've approached election day. In July, both candidates' signed photos were selling for around £200. Today Clinton has pulled out a significant lead: hers sell for around £700, compared with £450 for Trump. With history indicating the losing candidate's signature will fall dramatically in price, it looks like collectors are predicting a Clinton victory."

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 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.

PFC40 Autograph Index Album

Nelson Mandela signed photograph