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Last month, I wrote about my autograph collection being recently expanded to include original comic and sports art.  The hobby seems to be growing in popularity.  There is a growing interest in not only commissioning artists to produce original works, but to also have the original works autographed by celebrities and athletes.  I am currently undecided about having original comic and sports art autographed.  I am considering it for a few of my pieces.

I also mentioned that I am very curious about whether or not the signature of an artist is considered to be an autograph, or simply an extension of the artwork.  This curiosity would also apply to photographs.

Many collectors would be pleased to own a famous professional photograph with the signature of the photographer included.

Many people purchase professional photographs that have been signed by the original photographer.  The photographs may be of actors, athletes, musicians, politicians and other famous people.  They may also include photographs of nature.  Some of these professional photographs may be very famous, and therefore very expensive, depending on the subject.  Is it worth the additional money to purchase a professional photograph that has been signed by the photographer?  If so, how much would you be willing to pay?  The subject of the professional photograph would certainly be a determining factor.

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Comment by Paul on April 29, 2021 at 9:02pm

With photo it's an extension of the art. A signature is better than a stamped photo from the estate. I purchased a photo thinking the photographer would sign the photo but he signed a card along with the photo.

Comment by Mike Shepherd on April 30, 2021 at 2:14am

Interesting.  Thanks for the comment, Paul.

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