We don’t collect Beatle memorabilia like autographs, signed photos, tickets, posters, toys and such – but many people do.
Well, it turns out that signed Beatle photographs appear to be a pretty good investment.
That’s according to the PFC40 Autograph Index (to 2018), compiled by Paul Fraser Collectibles. Their list tracks the values of 40 of the world’s most sought-after autographs since the year 2000. The prices given are an evaluation of the market value for a fully authenticated, best quality signed photo, based on close monitoring of dealer and auction sales. (A “best quality” example will feature a photograph in superb condition, depicting the subject in their most famous era, with a sharp, clear signature acquired during that period).
On the latest PFC40 Autograph Index Summary the Beatles feature prominently:
The most valuable autograph: £29,500 for a signed photo of The Beatles. (That’s US$38,560, or AU$50,439 at today’s exchange rate!)
One of the top performing autographs was Paul McCartney’s, with a value for the year of £2950.
Over the period 2000-2018 the top performing autograph was George Harrison’s with an 18.2% increase over that period.
The Beatles as a group appear twice in the Top 40 list for 2000-2018, as do all four individual Beatles – John Lennon (+12.2% over 18 years), Paul McCartney (+17% over 18 years), George Harrison (see above), and Ringo Starr (+12% over 18 years).
So, hang on to those autographs – especially if they are on photographs or album covers.
To see some of the prices that Beatle items are fetching go to the search page at Paul Fraser Collectables.