The World’s Most Expensive Autographs
How much would you pay for a little piece of history? Paul Fraser Collectibles has compiled the top ten list of most wanted (and expensive!) autographs from living artists and celebrities around the world.
The list, based on the PFC40 Autograph Index, has named Fidel Castro’s autograph the most expensive at £3,500 followed by a close tie between Beatles artist Sir Paul McCartney and HRH Prince William, both at £2000. McCartney’s scrawl has increased in value by a whopping 20% per year since 2000, whilst our favourite Royal Prince William has also seen an increase in demand since his marriage to Kate Middleton.
Bob Dylan is in next at just under £2000, his lack of public appearances make his signature much more valuable and also harder to come across. His popularity saw a surge in 2009 after his album ‘Together Through Life’ reached number 1. Dylan memorabilia in any form is in fact so rare that a harmonica given to a member of his wardrobe department recently sold for £2,700.
Surprisingly (considering his very public indiscretions) Tiger Woods is in 5th place with an autograph value of £1,750. Tiger is the world’s first sporting billionaire, though he now rarely signs anything for the general public. HRH Queen Elizabeth and boxer Muhammad Ali are next with a joint £1,500 value, and JK Rowling with £1,250.
Another Beatles member is at number 9, drummer Ringo Starr’s autograph price is set at £1,200 but remains the most inexpensive of the four. The Queen of Pop rounds off the top ten and for just £995 you can purchase Madonna’s signature, not a bad price to pay for someone named as The Guiness Book of Records’ most successful female recording artist of all time.