The autograph market continued to grow steadily in 2014, with strong prices set throughout the year. The PFC40 Autograph Index tracked an increase of 5.8% on last year for the most regularly traded autographs, and is up 13.2% per annum since 2000.
Top autograph sale of 2014
A major archive of correspondence from the great Italian opera singer Enrico Caruso (1873-1921) achieved �182,500 ($284,883) in London in November.
The lot included material documenting the major events of Caruso's life, making it highly desirable to collectors.
Important autograph sales of 2014
A collection of letters written by author and playwright Samuel Beckett made �146,500 ($250,061) at Sotheby's London in July.
A scientific paper signed by Albert Einstein and referencing unified field theory achieved a strong figure of $150,000 at Profiles in History in December.
An archive of early letters by Jack Kerouac achieved $61,000 at Skinner in November.
An LAPD commissioner's phone signed by Rihanna made $57,000 for charity in an eBay sale (she dropped and broke it during a basketball game).
A letter from 18th century Scottish economist Adam Smith realised �37,500 ($63,852) in June.
It was a breakout year for…
Vladimir Putin, whose autograph increased in value by 25% this year, from �80 ($125) to �100 ($156), according to the PFC40 Autograph Index. Sadly, the same cannot be said for the Russian economy.
It was a year to forget for...
Prince Harry, whose autograph was publicly revealed to be worth a full �1,750 less than his older brother. Harry's signature is valued at �500 ($781). William's is �2,250 ($3,513), according to the PFC40 Autograph Index.