Vladimir Putin is one of the world’s most important political figures.
It may surprise you to learn his autograph is prohibitively rare.
Let’s take a look at why he’s in such high demand.
Putin is a key figure in global politics
Putin has been running Russia, either officially or behind the scenes, since 2000.
He’s popular at home, having presided over a massive increase in living standards and an unprecedented period of stability.
Vladimir Putin is enormously popular in Russia
Life expectancy is up and the economy is in far better shape than it was in the 2000s.
But his detractors argue he’s a sinister dictator seeking to destabilise the global order and recover the empire Russia lost with the fall of communism.
He is, undeniably, the most important political figure of the 21st century.
That makes him a major trophy for autograph hunters – both now and in the future.
You are not getting anywhere near him
Vladimir Putin travels with a cohort of bodyguards and security services.
Putin's signature is a rare sight at auction
Venues are cordoned off before he enters. He’s separated from the public by safety barriers everywhere he goes.
Writing to request an autograph is no good either. This is a man with enough on his plate already.
While he does occasionally sign for members of the public, the events are always tightly coordinated. Very few examples of his autographs have ever sold. I’ve counted only a handful to have crossed the block at reputable auction houses.
You can expect to pay upwards of $1,000 for a good specimen. Signed photographs typically go for $2,000 or more.
As a result...
Fakes are rife
Given how rare Putin’s autograph is, and the premium people will pay for it, it’s no wonder fakes have flooded the market.
Given Putin's central role in global
Buyers are betting Putin’s autograph will be worth a great deal in the future.
This increases competition for guaranteed genuine specimens.
Ultimately if you’re looking to buy one, bear in mind that while a dealer may charge more – that figure should include a guarantee of authenticity. You can’t put a price on peace of mind.
PS. Do you have a Vladimir Putin autograph you’re looking to sell? I may be able to help. Get in touch today at firstname.lastname@example.org.