Tuesday, July 28, 2015

It's All in the Signature

Are you fascinated by the autographs of famous people? 

Do the personal signatures in their own handwriting of Thomas Jefferson, Ronald Reagan or Elvis excite you?  

According to Stuart Whitehurst, “Signed documents, such as letters, manuscripts, memos, and other important papers, are one of the fastest growing collecting areas at auction.” *

According to an online article entitled, “The 10 Priciest Autographs Ever Sold,”    
George Washington’s signature on the Acts of Congress sold for $9.8 million (the most at the time), Abraham Lincoln’s signature on the Emancipation Proclamation (the second most) went for $3.7 million, and a signed Jesse James photo came in 9th at $52,000.**
Granted, some of these documents themselves account for part of the prices paid, but even so, a simple signed photograph of Paul McCartney could set you back by $2,400 or that of Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling a mere $1,875.***

[My children will tell you sometime the weird and wonderful stories of the “lesser known” celebrity autographs we have in our “collection” as a result of my decidedly amateur collecting prowess over the years.]

Be honest with me. Have you ever practiced writing your autograph to be ready when you became famous? You know you have! because it takes real practice to achieve an autograph style of this level of proficiency:     
Guess Who...

Let me tell you about a “signature” that tops them all...my personal favorite.  There is  Someone who “signs His name” in a simple, but all powerful way. It is a “signature” beside which all others fade to pale by comparison. It is the “autograph” of the Almighty God, who signs His name:

I am who I am”  (Exodus 3:14)
I am, and there is no one besides me”  (Exodus 47:10)
“I am he; I am the first, and I am the last”  (Exodus 48:12)

We would all do well to have this autograph a permanent part of our personal collections.

**(Octavia Drughi for http://www.therichest.com)
***(PaulFraserCollectibles at http://www.ranker.com)

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