Name your price – $11,900 for Neil Armstrong signature
Neil Armstrong, the first human to put foot on the moon, is enjoying well-deserved posthumous popularity not just among space fans but also among autograph collectors who have boosted the asking price for his signatures by 26.1% so far this year.
Armstrong’s signature was the strongest performing one so far this year of 40 in the Paul Fraser Collectibles’ PFC40 Autograph index of the 40 most collectible names.
Its founder Paul Fraser said: “Prior to his death this week, Neil Armstrong was already one of the most valuable signatures on the market, due to his unsurpassable position as the first man on the moon, and his reluctance to sign autographs.
“With a surge in demand following his death, values have reached a whole new level.”
Signatures from the cosmonaut command an average price of £7,500 ($11,900).
Armstrong is in fifth place on the list of most valuable individuals, behind actor James Dean (£14,000 per autograph, up 12% this year); Kung-fu hero Bruce Lee (£9,950, up 15.58% a year since 2000); British naval leader Lord Nelson (£9,500, up 14.87% per annum since 2000); and UK royal family member Princess Diana (£8,950, up 17.83% per year since 2000).
Other notable collectibles include those from the hand of physicist Albert Einstein (£7,500, up 7.91% this year and 12.89% a year since 2000); US president John Kennedy (£7,500, up 12.37% a year since 2000); UK prime minister Winston Churchill (£6,500, up 9.24% since 2011 and 7.93% a year since 2000); and Hollywood bombshell Marilyn Monroe (£6,750, up 7.14% per year since 2000).