The five most in demand
From pop stars and politicians to space walkers and sportsmen, there is an enormous and growing demand for autographs which can be greatly enhanced by the occasion or material on which the signature is made. Some collectors have a narrow remit of one individual or team whilst others enjoy looking for good examples from an entire sport or historic period.
For genuine examples in good condition, prices are rising rapidly. Clearly, the signature needs to be genuine. Sadly, there are many copies, often traded on Internet sites. Until really familiar with your subject, it is advisable to buy at auction or through dealers who have specialist expertise in the area. Such specialists have even been known to consult the person concerned if they are alive or their personal assistant.
Sometimes fans believe for decades that they hold a genuine signature. Perhaps their autograph book was handed in to the stage door at a concert. The sheer volume of requests made it impossible for the pop stars to sign in person and they asked their road staff to impersonate for them.
Music subjects are some of the most sought after. In modern music, Robbie Williams, Kylie Minogue and Sir Elton John (signed photographs, each £175) and Madonna and U2/Bono (each £195) are the five most in demand, according to Hamilton Bland, a leading autograph dealer who trades as Autographs of the World.
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Article source:Yorkshire Post