Published on October 19th, 2016 | by Michelle Roper-Shaw

The Autograph Hunters’ Best Friend

In our previous article Top Ten Sharpie Arts and Crafts Ideas we covered a variety of arts and crafts you can enjoy using Sharpie Pens. For autograph hunters, the quick drying, fade and water resistant Sharpie pen has long been a favourite.

Today we are launching a new competition for three lucky winners to win an assortment of great Sharpie pens. Included in this fantastic giveaway is:

  • Special Edition 50 Ways to Use Sharpie Pack of 23 Pens (16 Fine Sharpie Pens in Assorted Colours, 3 Metallic Fine Sharpie Pens and 4 Neon Fine Marker Pens that fluoresce under black light).
  • Pack of 4 Ultra Fine Sharpie Pens in Black, Red, Blue and Green.

The World’s Most Sought After Autographs

J.K. Rowling Book Signing

J K Rowling at a book signing. The Harry Potter author now rarely signs her books.

So, for any budding collector what are the most sought after autographs?

According to a study carried out in 2014, the autograph of film star James Dean still warrants the most money. The Rebel Without a Cause star’s autograph is estimated to be worth £18,000. Admiral Lord Nelson’s autograph is worth £10,500. The former Beatle, George Harrison, whose autograph was worth £195 when he was alive is now worth £3,500, following his death in 2000.

In terms of living celebrities, these are the top 5 most valuable autographs to own:

  • Fidel Castro: Top of the list, the Cuban dictator’s signature is very rare and is thought to be worth £3,750.
  • Sir Paul McCartney: Despite signing hundreds of autographs during his career, memorabilia for The Beatles remains very popular amongst collectors and McCartney’s signature is worth £2,500.
  • Prince William: The future King’s signature is worth £2,250 whilst Prince Harry’s is only worth £500. Protocol means members of the Royal Family do not sign autographs, however have you been lucky enough to have been sent a Christmas card by His Royal Highness?
  • JK Rowling: The Harry Potter author’s signature is valued at £1,950. Rowling no longer signs her books except in very rare circumstances, which has led to a rise in the value of her signature.
  • Ringo Starr: The former Beatle famously stated in 2008 that he would be no longer signing items sent to him by fans. His signature is now worth £1,250.

What Is the Best Colour Pen to Use for Autographs?

blue Sharpie

Autograph hunters and celebrities will always keep a Sharpie pen close to hand to sign posters, photographs, sporting tops, even tennis balls. Blue and black pens are the most popular, with blue favoured as it tends to stand out more on paper and card. However metallic pens, particularly silver, works well on dark backgrounds, such as photographs or footballs.

For Your Chance to Win, Enter Our Competition Here

Special Edition 50 Ways to Use Sharpie Pack of 23 Pens

Special Edition 50 Ways to Use Sharpie, 23 Pen Pack

To be in with a chance to win the Special Edition 50 Ways to Use Sharpie, 23 Pen Pack and Pack of 4 Ultra Fine Sharpies with a combined retail value of £20, simply enter your name and email address in the box below and you will be automatically entered into our sweepstake.

The closing date for this competition is midnight Sunday 6th November 2016. Three lucky winners will be selected at random and notified by email on Monday 7th November. Good luck everyone!


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