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PFC40 Autograph Index

Detailed price performance of the world's 40 most sought-after autographs

"If you're lucky enough to own one from the Paul Fraser Collectibles PFC40 Autograph Index, then you could be sitting on a small fortune"

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The PFC40 Autograph Index, compiled by Paul Fraser Collectibles, tracks the values of 40 of the world’s most sought-after autographs since 2000. The prices given are an evaluation of the market value 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 Summary:

Most valuable autograph: £27,500 for a signed photo of The Beatles

Most valuable individual: James Dean (£18,000)

Fidel Castro is the world's most valuable living signature (£3,750)

2013-2014

Index +5.8%

Top performing autographs: Paul McCartney and Vladimir Putin +25%

2000-2014

Average increase of 466.0% in 14 year period

Average compound increase of 13.2% per annum

Top performing autograph +1,694.9% (George Harrison)

Year 2000-2014:

Name Type 2000 (£) 2012 (£) 2013 (£) 2014 (£) 2000-2014 Inc 2013-2014
Ali, Muhammad  Signed photo 250 1,200 1,500 1,750 600.0% 16.7%
Apollo XI Signed photo 2,000 9,950 11,000 12,000 500.0% 9.1%
Armstrong, Neil Signed photo 550 7,500 7,950 8,500 1445.4% 6.9%
Beatles, The Signed album page 2,950 8,950 9,500 9,500 222.0% 0.0%
Beatles, The  Signed photo 5,500 25,000 27,000 27,500 400.0% 1.9%
Bonaparte, Napoleon Signed letter 995 4,500 4,750 4,950 397.5% 4.2%
Castro, Fidel Signed photo 325 2,950 3,500 3,750 1053.9% 7.1%
Chaplin, Charlie Signed photo 1,250 4,500 4,950 4,950 296.0% 0.0%
Churchill, Sir Winston Signed photo 2,600 6,500 6,950 6,950 167.3% 0.0%
Dali, Salvador Signed photo 325 1,250 1,500 1,750 483.5% 16.7%
Dean, James Signed photo 1,600 14,000 15,000 18,000 1025.0% 20.0%
Diana, Princess of Wales Signed photo 1,250 8,950 8,950 8,950 616.0% 0.0%
Dickens, Charles Handwritten signed letter 795 3,950 4,500 4,950 522.6% 10.0%
Disney, Walt Signed photo 450 4,250 4,500 4,750 955.6% 5.6%
Einstein, Albert Handwritten signed letter 1,750 7,500 8,500 8,950 411.4% 5.3%
Francis, Pope Signed photo New
Entry
New
Entry
125 150 New
Entry
20.0%
Harrison, George Signed photo 195 2,750 2,950 3,500 1694.9% 18.6%
Harry, Prince Signed album page New
Entry
New
Entry
450 500 New
Entry
11.1%
Hendrix, Jimi Signed album page 995 4,950 5,500 5,950 498.0% 8.2%
Houdini, Harry Signed photo 1,200 4,950 6,000 6,000 400.0% 0.0%
Jackson, Michael Signed photo 175 1,500 1,750 1,750 900.0% 0.0%
Kennedy, John F. Handwritten signed letter 1,850 7,500 7,950 7,950 329.7% 0.0%
King, Martin Luther Signed photo 795 3,950 4,500 4,750 497.5% 5.6%
Lee, Bruce Signed album page 1,750 9,950 9,995 11,000 528.6% 10.1%
Lennon, John Signed album page 695 6,500 6,950 6,950 900.0% 0.0%
Madonna Signed photo 375 950 995 995 165.3% 0.0%
Mandela, Nelson Signed photo 600 2,950 3,500 3,950 558.3% 12.9%
McCartney, Sir Paul Signed photo 175 2,000 2,000 2,500 1328.6% 25.0%
Monroe, Marilyn Signed album page 2,950 6,750 6,950 6,950 135.6% 0.0%
Moonwalkers Signed photo 1,950 14,000 16,000 17,000 771.8% 6.3%
Nelson, Lord Horatio Signed letter 1,800 9,500 9,950 10,500 483.3% 5.5%
Obama, Barack Signed photo New
Entry
New
Entry
300 350 New
Entry
16.7%
Picasso, Pablo Signed photo 1,400 3,950 4,250 4,500 221.4% 5.9%
Presley, Elvis Signed photo 750 3,250 3,500 3,500 366.7% 0.0%
Putin, Vladimir Signed photo New
Entry
New
Entry
80 100 New
Entry
25.0%
Rolling Stones, The Signed photo 995 5,950 6,500 6,950 598.5% 6.9%
Rowling, J.K. Signed book 395 1,500 1,750 1,950 393.7% 11.4%
Starr, Ringo Signed photo 195 995 1,200 1,250 541.0% 0.3%
Warhol, Andy Signed photo 195 1,950 2,500 2,750 1,310.3% 10.0%
William, Prince Signed album page -- 1,500 2,000 2,250 -- 12.5%
               
  42,025 206,745 224,740 237,845 466.0% 5.8%

 
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Last updated: 20 October 2014