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Paul Fraser Collectibles

Henry VIII’s autograph: A connection to the past


Henry VIII’s autograph: A connection to the past


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Henry VIII’s autograph is a phenomenal rarity.

Owning one is no easy feat, but on rare occasions these documents do become available.  

Here are some of the unique factors driving growth in Henry VIII’s market.

There are so few

Henry VIII was on the throne from 1509-1547.

Five centuries ago.

A lot can happen in 500 years.

Many of the royal decrees Henry VIII signed have been lost or damaged.

And while a number have survived, the bulk is housed in the National Archives. They’re stored there in climate controlled conditions, inaccessible to all but academics.

Others are held by museums.

These documents are of vast cultural importance. Private collectors rarely get the chance to own one.

But, over the centuries, a small number have found their way on the market.

There are plenty of forgeries

Henry VIII’s signature tends to sell for in excess of £30,000.  

It’s a popular target for forgers.

The king also liked to use a stamp for some of his signatures.

Fortunately for collectors he only had one, so it’s fairly easy to identify.

Buyers seeking out a Henry VIII signature should only consider trusted dealers that offer guarantees of authenticity.

Buying from fly by night dealers is not worth the risk.

Demand is steady

A Henry VIII signature is a real rarity.

And there are plenty of collectors out there who want one.

Most are based in the UK, but there are a number of international buyers.

Henry VIII is a profoundly colourful character in British history.

But more than that, his legacy remains pervasive.

It’s a legacy of reform.

The Church of England.

The Royal Mail.

The Royal Navy.

He founded each of these institutions.

And they remain at the centre of British public life today.

Paul Fraser.

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