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  • Why George V's 100th Anniversary could be your time to profit from autographs
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    Paul Fraser

Why George V's 100th Anniversary could be your time to profit from autographs


Earlier this week, an updated version of the collectibles industry's PFC40 Autograph Index - if you like, the autograph equivalent of the FTSE 100 - revealed that the world's rarest signatures are continuing to outperform the stock market, averaging a 14.84% return per annum.

But, just as a company's growth can boost the value of its shares, what sort of things should you look for as an autograph investor? Well, a good place to start is landmark anniversaries...

Take today (June 22), for instance: the landmark 100th Anniversary of the day that Britain's King George V was crowned at Westminster Abbey. Royal autographs are among the best autograph investments - after all, these people helped change history.

These incredible and rare childhood drawings by siblings George V and Princess Victoria are currently for sale on the private markets - priced at just £2,950


Historically, big anniversaries have encouraged collectors to want to buy the person in question's memorabilia. This was shown during John Lennon's landmark 70th birthday, last year...

He wasn't a Royal or a politician, yet the former Beatle's impact on culture as half of the 20th century's most important songwriting partnership is beyond dispute. His signed album pages went up in value by 5.04% (that's on average £5,950 up to £6,250) over the past year.

A jacket Lennon wore in a 1966 Life magazine photo shoot was sold for $240,000 in December by Julien's Auctions And an original copy of his handwritten lyrics to "A Day in The Life" sold for $1.2 million at a Sotheby's New York auction in June

So what about Royal memorabilia? Well, in our view Royal collectibles are one of the 'surest things' you can invest your money into. One reason is that future generations will always be interested in it.

Diana, Princes of Wales' photograph has appreciated by 580% in 10 years (You can find out more here)


For this reason, the lucky buyers of these collectibles can feel very confident that their values will continue to appreciate in coming years - and that future generations of collectors and institutions around the world will be interested in buying them.  


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  • Post author
    Paul Fraser