Does anyone who posts here specialize in autographs? Also, are Titanic survivor autographs something that will increase in value? Which passengers autograph would be the most collectable and how can someone tell if they are fake?
I think that they would increase in value in time. Probably Astor's and the other nationally famous passengers' autographs would be the of the most value. But what do I know... I'm just assuming that it must be a rich 1st class person who died on the Titanic. And as for fake signatures... I have no idea.
Jeremy, Millvina has autographed anything that would stay still long enough. Here, on the other side of the world, I could buy an authentic autographed card for under $US20 tomorrow. The source has them by the dozen, plus a few from Edith Walker and a Swedish survivor whose name escapes me. Don't be sucked in.
I should think that the really rare autographs would be those of the people who were lost. No big signig sessions for them!
I have the 'triple threat' in autographs. In my First Edition Titanic An Illustrated History, I have Don Lynch, Ken Marschall and Millvina Dean's autograph on the first page. I did not get those to increase the value of the book, I got it because it was something special and after all she did survive the sinking.
In my opinion, the most important names of those in Kalman's collection are W.T. Stead and Lady Duff Gordon as they were internationally famous in 1912 and are still remembered today (albeit in specialized genres) for their lives apart from Titanic.
The most important from a purely Titanic angle must surely be Beesley.
I've only heard of 4 copies actually autographed by Lawrence Beesley - and I seem to recall, years ago, one or two on Ebay but cannot be sure of those - and one letter.
Aw, come on, folks, there MUST be more of these out there. And if there are, please send them to Pat Cook, c/o his parole officer: Sgt. Plockett, Houston P D, Houston, TX. And I'll send you, at no charge, a wonderful thank-you card with my autograph. Oh, and fingerprints, too, if you like! They're making several copies of those right now.
I have quite a few autographs of survivors but I guess the most prized one is Lightoller's in his book Titanic And Other Ships (it is autographed by both him and his wife, Sylvia). Also have an autographed copy of A Journey In Other Worlds by J. J. Astor (thanks to my being clued in on its availability by Fiona!).
I also have the autographs of Ken, Don, and Millvina, in "Illustrated History", along with that of John Parkinson, UTS President, whose father worked on the Titanic. To me, those autographs will become priceless to us Titanic buffs, but I'm not sure about anyone else.
I also obtained Bob Ballard's autograph, and am willing to wait and see if this will increase the value of any books.
To me, those autographs will always be special.
Also, I'm not sure how many recent forgeries have surfaced. I do know that, a couple of years ago, someone did try to forge Millvina's signature, but it was too obvious.
Do you know if the cards have any value?
I have seen Edith Haisman's autograph a couple of time on Ebay and it has often been sold for more than 100$ Millvina Dean's autograph is usally sold for between 20$ and 100$ dependent of what she has signed.
My mother's autograph on your picture of the ''New York'' is not clear enough for me to identify properly for you. However, you and other autograph hunters should be extremely wary regarding autographs that are supposedly hers. Unfortunately, fraudsters have been at work and there are far too many in circulation for all of them to be genuine.