Thursday, November 19, 2009

Possible Last Autograph of John F. Kennedy

What was possibly the last autograph signed by President John F. Kennedy sold recently at an auction with other items linked to his assassination.

He signed the front page of the Dallas Morning News on November 22, 1963 for a maid named Jan White. He had just entered the Fort Worth Chamber of Commerce to give a breakfast speech. Later that day he was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald.

The date of Kennedy's assassination was on the paper near his signature.

The winning bid of $39,000 was placed by Joe Maddalena, president and owner of Profiles in History in Calabassas, California.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Autograph Hounds: A Look Back to 1988

Autograph Hounds Rate the Rich, Famous and Approachable

Friday, November 18. 1988


SANTA ROSA, Calif. - Clint Eastwood
and Sylvester Stallone are surprisingly

Barbara Stanwyck is reported to have
walked off a set recently, but her fans find
her friendly and accommodating.
Nobody has an unkind word about
Robert Wagner or Jimmy Stewart.
Jerry Lewis is great with "his kids," but
fans seeking autographs are more likely
to get verbal abuse.

These are the findings of the readers of
Autograph Collectors' Magazine, founded
by Joe Kraus of Stockton a couple of
years ago when the newspaper he had
been editing folded. He says the magazine
has a circulation of 10,000 worldwide
and believes there are at least that
many more active collectors.
"All autograph collectors have complained
about how bad celebrities treat
them," said Kraus.

Last year, he invited readers to send in
their votes for the 10-best and 10-worst
stars from the autograph hound's point of

"Madonna and Sean Penn almost made
it as a husband-and-wife team last year,
but Madonna lost out to somebody else
by a point or two. She may make this
year's list, though," he said.
The voting isn't yet complete for this
year's lists, which will be published in the
next edition'.

Kraus said a pattern has emerged: the
biggest, oldest stars treat fans be,st, while
the neophytes are worst.
"Clint Eastwood you'd think would be
hard to approach. He's not. He's great.
Sylvester Stallone — no problem. Molly
Ringwald is the worst thing that ever
came along for autograph collectors."
Paul Newman says he quit signing
autographs when a hound followed him
into a public restroom stall, said Kraus.
"He hasn't signed a single autograph in
public since that we know of," Kraus said.
Kraus doesn't condone this level of
persistence, and says he would not do
anything illegal.

"All you're trying to do is get a
signature," he said, with less intensity
than many collectors apparently feel. But
' he says the reluctance of many stars to
sign has "forced" autograph hunters to
use subterfuge and even to resort to an
occasional illegal entry.

"Autograph collectors would be great
candidates for the Secret Service or
Mission Impossible," he added. "They
really know how to get in where other
people can't."

Celebrity golf tournaments are great
places to collect autographs without
having to sneak, said Kraus.
"Take the Bob Hope Desert Classic.
There may be as many as 50 celebrities
from all walks of life."

The same goes for the Dinah Shore and
Bing Crosby tournaments, and the John
Denver Ski Classic at Tahoe.
"Put these annual things 'on your
calendar," he suggests to serious collectors.
The Academy Awards may be the
biggest single gathering of heavenly
bodies under one roof, but that's the
problem — too big, says Kraus. "Some do
real well there, but I steer away from it."

Although he's collected' autographs
since he was 12 (he admits to being in his
late 40s now), Kraus has never had to
climb a fence or hang out in a hotel lobby
to get one. His work as a newspaperman
before starting the magazine also gives
him an entree with visiting dignitaries.

"Celebrities as well as collectors will
tell you this: East Coast collectors and
East Coast stars are a problem. Back
there, collectors seem to go out of their
ways to do bad things to stars, and stars
treat the fans terribly," he said.
Some celebrities won't deal with autograph
hunters at all as a result, he said.
On the West Coast, by contrast, said
Kraus, "fans are courteous and say thank
you, and West Coast celebrities tend to
feel autograph hunters are not a problem.

Friday, October 30, 2009

Beatles Autographs at Auction

An autograph auction at Colwyn Bay, North Wales was estimated to bring in £200-£300. The collection went for £3,500.

The auction included some of the most popular performers of the 1960s. The autographs were collected by John Rees during the time that he worked on Thank Your Lucky Stars. He used the autographs as payment on his account at a delicatessen near the studio.

The Beatles appeared on Thank Your Lucky Stars in January 1963. They signed the book at their second appearance on February 17, 1963.

Five of the autographs.

The Beatles

Cliff Richard

The Rolling Stones

Rolf Harris

The Shadows

Friday, July 17, 2009

Neil Armstrong Signed Bank Check

A bank check signed by Neil Armstrong on the same day he left for the moon has been sold for $27,350, forty years to the day after it was written. It was auctioned by R&R Auction of Amherst, N.H. The high bidder was Jack Staub, an engineer from Newport Beach, CA. California.

The $10.50 check was payment for money borrowed from NASA manager Harold Collins. Armstrong told Collins not to cash the check because he was coming back.

The 17 day auction set a record for a single Neil Armstrong autograph.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Why George Harrison Forged Beatles Autographs

Seems George Harrison might have been the best at forging the autographs of the Beatles. Read the story here:

Why George Signed for the Other Beatles

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Jon & Kate Plus 8 - $20 for an Autograph, Yikes

The Adventures of Jon and Kate and their eight kids does not entertain me. I can see how others might like the show, but $150 to talk to her. $20 for an autograph? Guess this is what the Octa-Mom had in mind?

"In the May 25 issue, on sale now, Kevin and Jodi reveal how the TV mom of twins and sextuplets spends months away from home promoting her two books (one more, a cookbook, is due in October) and loading up on speaking engagements, for which she commands $3,000 an hour. She also charges fans $150 per person for special meet-and-greet tea parties and even makes fans pay $20 for autographs!

Note to Kate: The biggest stars in the world - including Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - don’t charge for autographs.."


Friday, April 3, 2009

How Big a Celebrity is Obama? Even World Leaders Want His Autograph

Obama is a star. Certainly the most popular celebrity in the world at the moment. When Obama met with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh this afternoon Singh asked Obama for an autograph. His daughter is a big fan of Obama.

Autograph collectors have been aware for awhile that Obama's autograph is the most desired of any living person. Things can change in a hurry though. After George W. Bush's speech just after the 9-11 attacks, his autograph attained a valuable unmatched by any previous sitting president.

A January 2009 Autograph Collector "Commemorative Inauguration Edition" article valued an autographed 8 x 10 of Obama at $800 - $1500. One signed as president was valued at "up to $3,000."

A value of "up to $9,500" was estimated for signed true first editions of The Audacity of Hope. Latter editions were valued at the time at "up to $1,000."

Time will tell if those values hold. He is certainly facing challenges that will test his popularity, especially in the U.S. where he will be judged by the state of the economy after the "honeymoon" is over.

Friday, March 13, 2009

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