Are you into philography? That, by the way, is what you call the hobby of collecting autographs. But you don’t need to be into philography to know that some autographs are more valuable than others. If you happen to have any autographs or signed memorabilia lying around the house, sell your signed memorabilia to us here at Piece of the Past. Why sell? Signed memorabilia can surprise you with its value! In our more than 30 years in the industry, we’ve found that the following always sells:
1. Letters – The older and the richer the history behind the letter, the higher the price it can fetch at the auction house. Examples of letters that will commonly bear signatures include US Presidents and other government officials, royalty, the Pope, writers, and other artists. According to the Guinness World Records, the most expensive letter was sold at Christie’s in New York for a whopping $6,098,500 last 2013. It was a letter written by Francis Crick in 1953 to his son Michael Crick, which outlined the revolutionary discovery of the structure and function of DNA.
2. Props – Whether small or large, props sell, especially to diehard fans. In the movie industry, one of the most expensive props ever sold was James Bond’s Aston Martin DB5, which fetched $4.6 million in 2010. The car was featured in the films Goldfinger (1964) and Thunderball (1965). While it didn’t exactly bear the signature of Sean Connery, who played James Bond at the time, it’s nonetheless a cool piece of movie history to own.
3. Musical Instruments – If you think $6 million is too much for a signed letter, then you won’t believe the prices collectors pay for instruments once owned or played by musicians. The Nippon Music Foundation paid $20 million in 2008 for Jean-Louis Duport’s Stradivarius cello. The cello is said to have been damaged by Napoleon Bonaparte, who wanted to try it out. The small dent allegedly caused by the French emperor can still be seen today.
4. Sports Equipment – The value of sports memorabilia has been on the rise. As far as signed memorabilia go, the most expensive one sold thus far is Mark McGwire’s 70th home run ball, which fetched $3 million. But no “most valuable sports memorabilia” list would be complete without mention of Babe Ruth. The baseball legend’s 1920 New York Yankees jersey sold for $4.415 million!
So what should you sell? Signed memorabilia is just one of the things we’re interested in. Let us have a look at your prized collection. If you’re interested to sell your signed memorabilia at the best price, contact us at 951-258-4968.