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Music Autographs

From slick guitar work to swooning fans, music and its makers bring about both magic and mania. Musicians' autographs, sometimes appearing on beloved instruments, speak to this excitement and thereby serve as a classic commemoration of a memorable concert or performance.

Music has been a staple of human society since its earliest generations. Evidence suggests that prehistoric cultures enjoyed rudimentary forms of music. By the peak civilizations of the ancient world, music had evolved into its own art form, with the ancient Greeks building some of the earliest music performance venues. At this time, musical performance was typically limited to the small setting such as dinner parties or intimate gatherings.

By the 17th century, large-scale musical performance venues from opera houses to concert halls were popping up across Europe. This increased accessibility to music performances encouraged fans to follow their favorite musicians more fully, resulting in an increased demand for autographs. Though the nature of music performance is quite different today, the excitement over a musician's autograph is still just as tantalizing.


Quick Facts

  • A hand-written score for "Grosse Fuge" by famed 18th-century composer Ludwig von Beethoven sold at a Sotheby's London auction in 2005 for more than $1,500,000
  • Famed guitarist Jimmy Page's autograph on a Gibson 1963 guitar sold for more than $70,000
  • Also in the ranks of highest-priced signatures is that of Jimmy Hendrix. His signed contract from 1965, which reflects his receipt of only 1% of his music royalties, sold for $200,000

Recommended Items at Auction

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DEAN MARTIN (1917-1995) Singer signed vintage 1969 LP Record 'I Take A Lot of Pride In What I '
Dec 07, 6:00 PM GMT
DEAN MARTIN (1917-1995) Singer signed vintage 1969 LP Record 'I Take A Lot of Pride In What I '
by Chaucer Auctions
Est: £70- £75
£20012 Bids
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Bruce Springsteen Signed First Edition Hardcover of "Born to Run"
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Bruce Springsteen Signed First Edition Hardcover of "Born to Run"
by University Archives
Est: $200- $300
$2808 Bids
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Frank Sinatra Handsome Signature & Portrait Combo, With PSA/DNA LOA
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Frank Sinatra Handsome Signature & Portrait Combo, With PSA/DNA LOA
by University Archives
Est: $300- $400
$4757 Bids
(8pc) MISC. MUSICAL AUTOGRAPHS
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
(8pc) MISC. MUSICAL AUTOGRAPHS
by Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $400- $600
$3003 Bids
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TAYLOR SWIFT SIGNED 38" ACOUSTIC GUITAR (JSA COA)
Dec 02, 3:00 PM EST
TAYLOR SWIFT SIGNED 38" ACOUSTIC GUITAR (JSA COA)
by Activity Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$3003 Bids
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WILLIE NELSON SIGNED GUITAR CARLO ROBELLI ~ INSC "ON THE ROAD AGAIN" ~ JSA COA
Dec 02, 3:00 PM EST
WILLIE NELSON SIGNED GUITAR CARLO ROBELLI ~ INSC "ON THE ROAD AGAIN" ~ JSA COA
by Activity Auctions
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$8002 Bids
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Woodstock Album Signed by Photographer and Iconic Couple With Incredible Inscriptions
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Woodstock Album Signed by Photographer and Iconic Couple With Incredible Inscriptions
by University Archives
Est: $300- $400
$1202 Bids
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LES PAUL SIGNED GIBSON GUITAR BAS LOA
Dec 02, 3:00 PM EST
LES PAUL SIGNED GIBSON GUITAR BAS LOA
by Activity Auctions
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$7002 Bids
Rudy Vallee: Signed & Inscribed c1938 Oversize Photo in Navy Uniform
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
Rudy Vallee: Signed & Inscribed c1938 Oversize Photo in Navy Uniform
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $75- $100
$501 Bid
DEBBIE HARRY Singer signed Blondie CD 'Maria'. Good condition. All autographs come with a
Dec 07, 6:00 PM GMT
DEBBIE HARRY Singer signed Blondie CD 'Maria'. Good condition. All autographs come with a
by Chaucer Auctions
Est: £30- £34
£301 Bid
A photo from a program booklet signed by Roy Orbison. Provenance: David Brook's estate.
Dec 12, 6:30 PM CET
A photo from a program booklet signed by Roy Orbison. Provenance: David Brook's estate.
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €80- €120
€801 Bid
Part of a program booklet signed by Roy Orbison and Brian Poole & TheTremeloes.
Dec 12, 6:30 PM CET
Part of a program booklet signed by Roy Orbison and Brian Poole & TheTremeloes.
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €70- €90
€701 Bid
A photo from a program booklet signed by Roy Orbison.
Dec 12, 6:30 PM CET
A photo from a program booklet signed by Roy Orbison.
by Medusa Auctioneers
Est: €50- €70
€501 Bid
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Taylor Swift Signed 17x22 Custom Framed "Folklore" Album Photo Display (JSA COA)
Dec 02, 3:00 PM EST
Taylor Swift Signed 17x22 Custom Framed "Folklore" Album Photo Display (JSA COA)
by Activity Auctions
Est: $600- $800
$2001 Bid
LITTLE RICHARD (1932-2020) Singer signed vintage cut Picture with Photo. Good condition. All
Dec 07, 6:00 PM GMT
LITTLE RICHARD (1932-2020) Singer signed vintage cut Picture with Photo. Good condition. All
by Chaucer Auctions
Est: £34- £38
£341 Bid
"The Rock Bottom Remainders" Signed Authors Band 8x10 Photo, Stephen King, Amy Tan ++
Dec 03, 10:00 AM MST
"The Rock Bottom Remainders" Signed Authors Band 8x10 Photo, Stephen King, Amy Tan ++
by Regency Antique Books
Est: $200- $300
$1001 Bid
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Patsy Cline Signed Photo
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Patsy Cline Signed Photo
by University Archives
Est: $900- $1,000
$3001 Bid
Puccini, Giacomo
Dec 14, 2:30 PM CET
Puccini, Giacomo
by Aste Bolaffi
Est: €450- €650
€3001 Bid
DEBUSSY, CLAUDE (1862-1918)
Dec 04, 10:30 AM EST
DEBUSSY, CLAUDE (1862-1918)
by Butterscotch Auction Gallery LLC
Est: $400- $600
$2251 Bid
Gene Autry Autograph and Message on Framed Cowboy Code
Dec 09, 3:00 PM EST
Gene Autry Autograph and Message on Framed Cowboy Code
by Plain City Auction
Est: $10- $500
$51 Bid
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G. Gershwin Drawing, Possibly Self-Portrait, With 2 Original Signatures
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
G. Gershwin Drawing, Possibly Self-Portrait, With 2 Original Signatures
by University Archives
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$7001 Bid
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Jerry Garcia autographed 8"x10" photograph.
Dec 12, 11:00 AM EST
Jerry Garcia autographed 8"x10" photograph.
by Hunt Auctions
Est: $1,000- $1,500
$1001 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Music Autographs


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Aste Bolaffi

Aste Bolaffi

East Coast Books

East Coast Books