Neil Armstrong autographs for sale



2015-06-26 12:29:15

Neil Armstrong autographs for sale

A free guide to buying Neil Armstrong autographs

Why should you collect Neil Armstrong autographs?

Neil Armstrong is one of the 20th century's most famous and iconic figures. He was a figurehead for mankind's highest hopes and aspirations when he became the first human being to set foot on another planet, and his name is synonymous with space exploration.

The Apollo 11 moon landing was seen by an incredible 600 million people worldwide, who watched as NeilArmstrong laid his first footprints on the lunar surface and uttered one of the most famous lines in all of history:

"That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."

Much like those footprints, which will remain on the Moon's surface forever, Armstrong's place in the history books is assured.

He will be remembered alongside other pioneering explorers such as Christopher Columbus, James Cook, Vasco Da Gama and Ferdinand Magellan - men whose vision and bravery expanded our knowledge of the world, and changed the course of history.

Magazine page signed by Neil Armstrong This rare signed magazine cover is available for 4,950

But the thing most people don't know about Armstrong - and the thing that makes him one of the most sought-after names on the collectibles market - is that he stopped signing autographs altogether in 1994.

This has made his signature the world's rarest living autograph, and as the popularity of space memorabilia and autographs has risen dramatically in recent years his signature has become increasingly rare, as few items appear for sale.

According to the industry's PFC40 Autograph Index, since the year 2000 the value of items signed by all three members of the Apollo 11 crew has risen by 375%.

But due to the simple law of supply and demand, the average value of Armstrong's signature alone has risen by 981.8%, from 550 to 5,950.

Armstrong has spent the last 40 years shunning the limelight, and has become something of an enigma to space enthusiasts around the world.

As an extraordinary pilot he pushed the boundaries of human flight to their limits, but preferred to retain a quiet dignity in the face of his remarkable achievements.

This aura of mystery has only heightened the interest of collectors, and his signature is now considered the holy grail of space autographs.

Neil Armstrong autographsfor saleCollecting tips

There are several factors to consider when seeing Neil Armstrong autographs for sale. Firstly, the rarity and sought-after nature of his signature means that forgeries are rampant.

Secondly, NASA's policy of issuing all astronauts with an autopen machine means that his genuine signature can be hard to spot for all but seasoned collectors and experts.

These two factors highlight the importance of purchasing autographs from a well-established dealer, one that offers both a detailed provenance and a lifetime guarantee of authenticity.

The most valuable items signed by Armstrong are those which relate directly to the Apollo 11 mission, such as official documents and space-flown items. Signed photographs are also highly desirable, as they have a distinct 'eye appeal' which will always make them attractive to collectors.

However, there are two things to be aware of. Any item that post-dates 1994, when Armstrong stopped signing autographs for the public, is likely to be a fake. This can include magazine covers and photographs printed after that date.

Collectors should also be aware that f the photograph in question is a portrait of Armstrong in his space-suit, his signature will never cover the U.S flag patch on the shoulder. He always avoided covering the flag in these images, so any picture where this occurs can be discounted as a fake.

Recent sales

An Apollo 11 NASA flight-plan signed by Armstrong, sold for $51,000 in March 2011

A personal cheque, written by Armstrong to NASA Chief of Mission Support Harold Collins shortly before take-off, sold for $27,350 in 2009

Our expertise

Paul Fraser has been dealing in investment-grade collectibles for over 35 years, and has been personally responsible for more than $300 million in collectibles sales.

These sales include the deal that took John Lennon's childhood stamp collection and earliest-known autograph to the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C, and the sale of the famous Kirkudbright Penny Black cover to the Royal Philatelic Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Here at Paul Fraser Collectibles our panel of experts has more than 250 years of combined experience in the collectibles markets, and have between them have sold $200 million of historic and notable autographs.

We offer collectors and investors a high level of expertise and a lifetime guarantee of authenticity on every item we sell - meaning you can relax and enjoy your autograph investment for years to come.

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