Marilyn Monroe autographs for sale
Marilyn Monroe autographs for sale are items signed by Marilyn Monroe available to buy on the collectibles markets.
Popularity and value of Marilyn Monroe autographs
Her continuing legacy is due to a number of factors including her beauty, her superb performances in classic films, her turbulent love life and struggles with drugs and depression, and her tragic death at a young age.
She is a true cultural icon, not only for her acting talents but for her personal life which saw her linked with many of America’s most celebrated men including Joe DiMaggio, Arthur Miller, Marlon Brando, Frank Sinatra and U.S President John F. Kennedy.
Her popularity has increase in recent years, and the value of her memorabilia has risen dramatically. Recent sales have included her iconic white dress worn in the film ‘The Seven Year Itch’, which sold for a World record price of $5,65 million in June 2011. And according to the industry’s PFC40 Autograph Index, the value of her signature has risen by 128% since the year 2000.
There are several things to think about when collecting Marilyn Monroe autographs. The most valuable of her signatures are those on photographs. Good quality images such as those from her Playboy shoot or movie stills have an ‘eye appeal’ which will make them more attractive to collectors and help them retain or increase in value.Other sought-after items are those with a personal connection to the actress, such as signed cheques, contracts or letters.
In terms of standard fan autographs, signatures without personal dedications are the most valuable to collectors, and this should be considered if buying for investment purposes.
During her career Monroe’s signature changed several times, and prices can vary depending on the quality and rarity. Before she found fame she worked as a model, and signed with her original name Norma Jeane Baker. Examples of this, dating from before she changed her name in 1946, are relatively rare and popular with certain collectors.
During her marriage to Arthur Miller her signature changed again, and there are a small number of examples signed ‘Marilyn Monroe Miller’ available on the market. However, despite their rarity these are not as sought after as good quality ‘Monroe’-only autographs.
Collectors looking to buy Marilyn Monroe autographs should always go to an established, reputable dealer. These companies, such as Paul Fraser Collectibles, offer lifetime money-back guarantees of authenticity on all items which are far more reliable than a simple certificate of authenticity. These certificates can mean nothing unless backed up by such a guarantee.