There are two things I always love to offer my clients:
Superb pieces of history. And useless pieces of knowledge.
Today you're going to get both.
So second things first, so to speak.
Back in the 19th century, when grand steamboats lazily cruised the Mississippi river packed with gamblers, musicians and passengers from all walks of life...
Pilots had a term for when the boat reached the safe cruising depth of two fathoms (or 12 feet).
They would call out “mark twain!”
That is how Samuel Langhorne Clemens - "the father of American literature" - got his famous pen name.
And as for the superb piece of history...
Here's the great man himself.
This wonderful Mark Twain signed photograph dates from April 1904.
It features a superb example of his signature.
And a classic portrait of the author in his iconic white suit.
It's been preserved in remarkable condition.
I haven't seen a better Mark Twain signed photograph in years.
It's fresh in stock this week.
And you could add it to your collection today.
Mark Twain was a genius – even though he was the first to deny it.
As he famously said: “My books are water; those of great geniuses are wine. (Fortunately) everybody drinks water.”
He's the greatest humorist the United States ever produced.
His classic Adventures of Huckleberry Finn is regarded as “the Great American Novel”.
But more than that...
His funny, insightful ideas about life are quoted around the world, even by those who have never read his novels.
As a critic once wrote, “Twain knew the human heart, and human hearts respond.”
Few artists have played such an important role in the history of their own country...
But Mark Twain wrote stories that shaped how America sees itself today.
The strength of the Mark Twain market isn't based on rarity.
It's based on his enduring popularity.
He remains the most famous and best-loved writer in American history.
Simply put - every seasoned autograph collector wants a good example of a Mark Twain signature.
They're always in demand. And to be honest - they're not uncommon.
During Twain's lifetime he was a generous signer. People have been collecting his autograph for around 150 years, and many survive to this day.
However - most of these are signatures clipped from notes, letters and books.
A genuine signed photograph is something far more scarce.
And the best examples - such as this one - are real trophy pieces.
That's why I very rarely have one available in stock...
Collectors simply never want to let go of them.
I've been selling and authenticating historic autographs for over 40 years, and my advice to clients has always remained the same:
Buy what you love. And buy the best you can afford.
It will always be money well spent.
Mark Twain is one of the most influential voices in American cultural history.
And as I said at the start, this is the best Mark Twain signed photo I've seen in years.
It has everything top collectors look for.
- It's in excellent condition.
- The signature is clear, bold and beautifully preserved
- It features no personalised dedications
- And the portrait features an iconic depiction of the signer
You can purchase it right now for just £7,995 ($11,899).
Not only will this photograph be a magnificent addition to your collection...
These four factors also ensure that a photo of this quality will remain in high demand, should you wish to sell in the future.
It's been literally years since I last had a Mark Twain signed photograph in stock.
I'm truly delighted to be able to offer you this one.
It went up on my website today.
There's every chance it won't be there tomorrow.
So don't miss out.
It also comes with my Certificate of Authenticity and my personal Lifetime Moneyback Guarantee - which means you can buy in complete confidence that it's 100% genuine.
Buy it now, or email me right away at firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve it for your collection.
You can also call me on +44 (0) 117 933 9500.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Stay safe, and thanks for reading,
PS. This item is also available to buy in 12 monthly instalments under my layaway plan - so owning it just got easier! Contact me now to find out more.