Rarity is king when it comes to investing in collectibles, and James Dean memorabilia is among the rarest around.
The silver-screen heartthrob died in 1955, aged 24; he left behind just a small amount of investment-grade memorabilia.
The James Dean effect is well known: the young death of an iconic figure causing heightened admiration for their life.
Yet it is only recently that we have seen James Dean memorabilia reach an exalted status with collectors, and now investors looking for exciting portfolio diversity are also entering the market.
Dean's jacket from East of Eden sold for $26,680 at a US auction in 2006, while the jeans he wore in Giant made $35,850 in the same year.
Few examples of Dean's autograph survive. Those that do are in great demand.
The actor's signed photographs have soared in value from £1,600 ($2,500) to £12,500 ($19,200) since 2000, at the rate of 20.55% pa, according to the PFC40 Autograph Index.
We have two of these much-coveted rarities. The first is a typed note from Dean to Warner Bros. Pictures, bearing Dean's strong autograph.
Written in 1954, when Dean was on the cusp of stardom, this unique document is a fantastic piece of James Dean memorabilia.
We also have a superb photograph, signed by Dean, currently available.
It is one of the best Dean autographed items we've ever seen.
Contact us for more details on these and other pieces of James Dean memorabilia.
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