The Three Most Valuable Pieces of Movie Memorabilia

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Audrey Hepburn
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In addition to selling celebrity autographs, Iconographs offers a selection of movie posters, photographs, and other memorabilia. Iconographs offers a lifetime certificate of authenticity, guaranteeing the legitimacy of each item it sells.

Movie memorabilia is valuable, with fans worldwide bidding to own pieces of their favorite films. Props, costumes, and vehicles used in iconic movies can bring in thousands or even millions of dollars. The three most valuable movie props ever sold are:

1. The Bond car Sean Connery drove in Goldfinger and Thunderball. With most of the iconic spy gadget props still intact, the Aston Martin DB5 sold at auction for $4.1 million in 2010.

2. The car Elvis Presley drove in Spinout. In the 1966 film, Elvis drove a beautiful 1929 Duesenberg Model J Dual Cowl Phaeton. One of only two of its kind, the vintage car sold for $1.2 million in 2011.

3. Audrey Hepburn’s little black dress from Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The legendary floor-length dress, designed by Hubert de Givenchy, was auctioned off for charity in 2006. The proceeds totaled $923,187 and were given to City of Joy Aid.

The Largest Autograph Collection in the World

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Jack Kuster
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Iconographs offers authentic celebrity autographs online at affordable prices. Iconographs employs more in-person autograph collectors than any other company. Its collectors seek out celebrities in New York, Los Angeles, and across the nation to create a diverse and expansive online catalogue.

When he passed away in 2012, Jack Kuster owned the world’s largest collection of original autographs. He had managed to obtain more than 33,000 signatures from celebrities. The collector also had over 17,000 celebrity photos that had not been seen by the public.

Jack Kuster acquired his first celebrity autograph at the age of 14, when he approached film star Carmen Miranda. She was visiting Rochester, New York, in support of a World War II bond rally.

This began a collection that became an obsession for Kuster. He travelled the world to personally collect autographs from thousands of stars. Kuster visited 19 different countries to complete his quest, sometimes making a trip for a single autograph.

The collection was bequeathed to Juan Carlos Saucedo-Campos, a Mexican film star who became a lifelong friend of Kuster’s after giving him an autograph in 1993.

Universal Autograph Collector’s Club Offers Appraisal Services

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Iconographs is an online dealer of celebrity autographs and movie memorabilia in Las Vegas, Nevada. An employer of more in-person collectors than any other coastal Internet autograph dealers, Iconographs is a registered dealer with the Universal Autograph Collector’s Club (UACC). The UACC offers appraisal and authenticator services to its members.

Obtaining appraisals for autographs that satisfy banks and insurance companies can present a challenge. Effective and successful appraisers require adequate credentials, extensive knowledge of autographs, and a firm grasp of the market and true value of collectibles under varying conditions. The UACC works to employ appraisers who meet these qualifications and uphold ethical expectations that they possess no interest in purchasing items they appraise for themselves.

Appraisers offer three kinds of appraisal services: insurance replacement value, fair market value, and liquidation market value. Insurance replacement values represent the retail value or cost to replace an existing item in a collection, and fair market appraisals offer a value for an item’s worth at a publicized auction. Liquidation values are typically used in bankruptcy situations and involve the price of an item during a quick sale. Authentication services do not attest to an item’s worth, but instead provide an opinion towards the item’s authenticity.

In response to the rise of third-party appraisers for autographs, the UACC issued new regulations and policies regarding the acceptance and recognition of third-party authentication certificates. The UACC does not recognize third-party certificates under the new policy, and autograph authenticators must meet all policy criteria. Criteria for authenticators include prior experience with autograph authentication, the ability to articulate authentication knowledge and follow court-approved procedures, acceptance as an expert witness by a recognized authority, and proof of ongoing education in the field.

For more information about appraisal and authenticator services by the UACC, visit www.uacc.org/services.php.

The Value of Printed Autographs versus Hand-Signed Autographs

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Iconographs, a Nevada-based seller of movie memorabilia, offers online auctions as well as direct sales of collectible items. In business for 25 years, Iconographs sells quality-guaranteed memorabilia at affordable prices.

In the buying and selling of autographed memorabilia, there are two distinct types of autographs: hand signed and printed. An autograph that was signed by hand was placed directly on an item by the celebrity, while a printed autograph is a mass-produced replica of the celebrity’s signature. Items with printed signatures may include cards sold in packs, packaged action figures that are sold with a signature, and a variety of other items.

In general, a hand-signed autograph is worth more than the copied version. However, an item with a copied autograph is generally more valuable than an unsigned version of the same item. Still, a hand-autographed item may be more or less valuable than a printed or un-autographed item based on variables such as the rarity of the given memorabilia item and the age of the item.

Factors Affecting the Value of Autographs

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Offering genuine celebrity autographs at affordable prices, Iconographs is registered as a Universal Autograph Collector’s Club dealer. Based in Nevada, Iconographs sells only autographs that were signed by the celebrity in person and offers a certificate of authenticity with all its products, which enhances their market value. Iconographs emphasizes convenience through online sales and a ship-upon-purchase policy.

Sought after for centuries, autographs represent one of the most enduringly robust segments of the collectibles and alternative investments market. The value of the signature depends on a variety of factors including quality and scarcity as well as the status of the person.

At the top tier are icons, or individuals that are well known to the general public and represent a specific historical or cultural moment. In the sports world, these range from Michael Jordan to Babe Ruth, while in the acting world Humphrey Bogart and Marilyn Monroe stand preeminent.

Format is also important, with a cut of the signature from a larger document representing the base price and the value going upward as it moves into signed checks, letters, and photos. As an example, a Babe Ruth signed check may be worth a few thousand dollars while his autograph on a baseball will command several times as much.

Celebrity Signatures worth Thousands of Dollars

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With more than 1,000 positive ratings from buyers on Amazon.com, Iconographs is a well-known distributor of authentic celebrity autographs. For more than 16 years, Iconographs has provided collectors around the world with autographs signed at in-person meetings.

On the Iconographs storefront on Amazon, there is a wide variety of authentic signed photographs available, and collectors are almost sure to find a celebrity they favor in stock. Currently, there are three different 8- x 10-inch Sopranos prints signed in person by James Gandolfini. The prints are priced at $200 or less. The late actor, who starred as Tony Soprano in the hit HBO series from 1999-2007, died in Italy in July 2013.

For his portrayal of Tony Soprano, Gandolfini was nominated four times for a Golden Globe for best actor in a drama series, winning the first time he was nominated in 2000. The mob drama was known for its intense violence, as well as Tony’s soul searching during his sessions with his psychotherapist.