Elizabeth I Autograph

Elizabeth I is among the most intriguing of British monarchs.

Given the huge role she played in shaping history, it’s no surprise that demand for her autograph is through the roof.

Let’s explore some of the specific factors driving demand.  

She was important

Elizabeth I ruled from 1558 to 1603. This was a key time in British history.

Elizabeth I Autograph

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There was the Spanish Armada in 1588. Sir Francis Drake’s circumnavigation of the globe in 1577-1580. Elizabeth can be said to have founded the British Empire, having granted Humphrey Gilbert the right to explore the Americas in 1578.

Elizabeth was a fascinating figure.

The Virgin Queen ruled with a tolerance not shared by her predecessors. This led to a flowering of art and culture in England. Writers like William Shakespeare and Francis Bacon were free to create a new vernacular that still resonates to this day.

With her shock of red hair and pale white skin, she’s also among England’s most recognisable monarchs.

Her status as a key historical figure makes her an obvious prize for collectors.

But also…

Her signature is spectacular

Elizabeth I’s signature is truly a thing of beauty.

The first thing you’ll notice is its size. It looms over the text of official documents, dwarfing the autographs of other officials.

It’s a stunning projection of power and influence, one that gives you a good idea of how Elizabeth saw herself.

The ornate underscoring is a further mark of authority. But its simple elegance also ties in with Elizabeth’s reputation as a supporter of the arts.

Full specimens are rare

Elizabeth’s autograph is extremely rare in any form.

Elizabeth I Autograph

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Signed documents are particularly hard to come by, while letters only come up every few years.

The limited supply has been driving up prices for years.

You can expect to pay upwards of £4,000 ($5,185) for a clipped signature, but for full documents the price depends greatly on the content. Prices typically start around the £20,000 ($25,921) mark.

Paul Fraser.

PS. Do you have an Elizabeth I autograph you’re looking to sell? I may be able to help. Get in touch today at info@paulfrasercollectibles.com.

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