If you were going to take something to have signed, which is generally considered more desirable, an album cover or a photograph? I'm just limiting the question to these two items since these are easy to carry and also easy to frame and display, as opposed to something like a book or a guitar, although I guess I could also include something like a concert/promo poster.
And a follow-up on getting photographs signed...imagine you do a google search and find a photo (which is someone's copyrighted work) on the web and have a print made at a local lab, and then have it signed. If you were then to sell/auction it sometime in the future, could the copyright holder of that photo demand part of the profits from the sale? I'm assuming yes, so then to avoid that scenario, what if you properly bought the photo from a gallery or the copyright holder in the first place? Would you then be free to keep all profits from a potential sale of the autographed photo?
As to your first question, in terms of value, fully signed albums seem to be worth substantially more than a set of signatures on a photo. Beatles signed photo $3-5,000. Signed album, $15,000 and way up. If it were me, I would find a really clean copy of the most popular, or your favorite album and get that signed. Maybe take a photo along as well. ; )'
With respect to part 2, a photographer might have a claim for the value of the print that you did not buy, but not for the value of the autograph. Once you legitimately purchase a photo, or a poster, or anything similar, you own that copy and can resell it without violating the copyright owner's rights.The autograph is an add-on, having nothing to do with the copyright in the original photo, but as described above, once you own it, it's yours to resell, with or without an autograph on it.
You will be breaking copyright law doing that, printing one from the web w/o permission. As an artist I don't like this honestly. Your question would not come up to me anyway because I only buy copyrighted licensed photographs - copy photos printed off the web are of noticeably lower quality and avoided by me.
I only try to get signed LP Covers anymore. I did collect CD booklets and sometimes pictures but found out that none really caress about them. I had sold a fully signed Beastie Boys CD Booklet lately for 100$ a signed LP would have hit multiple that amount. Signed LP covers are much more thought after then other items. I also think artist like to sign their LP covers much more then pictures. If I would be a artist I wouldn't sign a photo or pick guard or something I had nothing to do in the first place. Some artists think the same way and refuse on pick guards or guitars but are happy to sign your LP or CD
Hey, thanks everybody for your thoughts on this. A followup...how about an issue of Rolling Stone with the artist on the cover? Desirable thing to have signed? I don't see too many people asking authentication questions/posting pictures of signatures on something like this.
Who is the artist? You can buy proper promo photographs on eBay for example if you know what to look for. I would prefer an LP or proper promo photo or other than a magazine. I would pass on a magazine.
For one thing the bulk of the magazine will have nothing to do with the artist. An official product to me is always more desirable. Sometimes one tries for something "unusual" - when Roger Waters was signing tons of Dark Side and WYWH LP's in 2017 I chose a DVD of his recent 2015 Wall concert/doc release. I still have not seen another signed anywhere, and it matches my Gilmour signed promo DVD. :)
Magazine covers, including Rolling Stone, are on thicker paper, but nothing close to the thickness of the cardboard of an album cover. And as noted, the majority of the magazine has nothing to do with the artist. I would still go with an album, or a high-quality photo of your choice.
Good point re stock weight!
Wow, quick replies - good community here!
What if it's somebody real iconic, I don't know, Springsteen or Jimmy Page or whoever, and it's an old Rolling Stone? Anyhow, from your answers, it seems like an album is really the item of choice for musicians, yes?
Who is the artist? It might yield better answers, maybe from me anyway, if I knew who you were talking about.
I don't have one artist in particular in mind, I'm just talking hypotheticals here.
Oooooooh. I see. :) Yes, LP, any official product or promo photo. Something that allows good contrast and placement, nothing too busy etc. A lot will depend on the pen color which you may or may not have control over. I would bring 2-3 items of your choice and select the one that will work best with the pen you see being used - allow some last minute changes. When I met Waters I brought an LP, a tour promo flat, a DVD, a Wall production photo and WYWH postcard. I was only going to get one signed at best of course, but if he was only using this or that pen and not switching I would be still able to find something suitable. I also brought large and small which was good - it was raining and the DVD was the only thing I saw not get rather wet. :)