Vintage Hollywood Signed Photos

 

Autograph Magazine | Vintage Hollywood Signed Photographs

By JOSEPH MADDALENA
—Autograph March 2009 

Vintage 11x14 double-weight, signed photograph by Marilyn Monroe. The photo is inscribed to her hairdresser, Gladys Whitten, whom she called “Gladness.”

Vintage Hollywood is an incredibly rewarding area for an autograph collector. Scarcity and popularity keep values high. Classic films have endured and the stars have emerged as cultural icons. How many teens today can name authors or political figures from the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s? But who doesn’t know the names James Dean, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe or Humphrey Bogart?

Values are further buoyed because the buyers with money—Baby Boomers and Generation Xers—grew up in the shadow of that silver screen era. It evokes nostalgia and a longing for a glamour that seems lost in this day of rapid-fire blockbuster action flicks. Prices for the most enduring names have been climbing for years, and recent auctions show that they are holding their value even in the face of the current recession. (…)

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