Queen Elizabeth II is the longest ruling monarch in British history.
During her time on the throne she’s seen 13 US Presidents and 12 UK Prime Ministers come and go...
A man landed on the Moon.
The Cold War ended.
She appeared on the front cover of a legendary punk album.
Will her autograph become one of the most sought after in the world?
I think so.
Here are a few thoughts on why.
She's a genuine icon
A sure-fire sign you are a 20th century icon is appearing in an Andy Warhol portrait.
Another is being heralded as a fashion inspiration in Vogue.
Or, perhaps, appearing on the currency of more than 30 countries around the world.
By every metric, Queen Elizabeth II is the most recognisable face of our age.
As a young woman she represented hope for a Britain emerging from the horror of the war years. Now in her early 90s she's the matriarch of a newly energised royal family and a link with the past in a rapidly shifting world.
Her signature is rare
While she’s been on the throne for 65 years, quality examples of Elizabeth II’s autograph are few and far between.
Signed photographs are particularly rare.
And there’s a good reason for that.
The royals are banned from signing autographs publicly – to prevent both forgery and waves of loyal subjects approaching with autograph books.
You can expect to pay upwards of $8,000 for a particularly good Elizabeth II signed photograph.
Private letters are generally around the $1,300 mark.
These prices are likely to skyrocket over the next decade (or two) as her admirers seek out a piece to remember her by.
And while sellers are likely holding out until her reign is past, even a flood of new autographs is unlikely to put much of a dent in price.
Demand is high around the world
The Queen is almost universally popular across the globe.
From the former Commonwealth to the US, she inspires a unique kind of devotion.
You can connect that to her legendary ability to remain inscrutable in any situation.
She’s never let slip her personal leanings and as a result she’s never alienated anyone.
In a world riven with divisions, that’s an extraordinary skill.
But I suspect it's also to do with her status as a figurehead.
For almost 70 years she has performed her duties.
Shook hands. Met ordinary people. Made them feel special.
It's difficult to imagine a world where she is no longer a constant.
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