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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

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JUDAS PRIEST SIGNED ALBUM COVER WITH JSA LOA
Mar 23, 10:30 AM EDT
JUDAS PRIEST SIGNED ALBUM COVER WITH JSA LOA
by National Artifacts
Est: $1,000- $2,000
$203 Bids
FRANCK CESAR: (1822-1890)
Mar 13, 12:00 PM CET
FRANCK CESAR: (1822-1890)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €200- €300
€2202 Bids
RAVEL MAURICE: (1875-1937)
Mar 13, 12:00 PM CET
RAVEL MAURICE: (1875-1937)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €600- €800
€6001 Bid
Bonnie Tyler, Welsh singer. A signed music sheet for 'Lost in France'. Good condition. All
Mar 08, 6:00 PM GMT
Bonnie Tyler, Welsh singer. A signed music sheet for 'Lost in France'. Good condition. All
by Chaucer Auctions
Est: £20- £30
£201 Bid
FRANCK CESAR: (1822-1890)
Mar 13, 12:00 PM CET
FRANCK CESAR: (1822-1890)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €150- €200
€1501 Bid
Don McLean Signed American Pie Album
Mar 14, 11:00 AM PDT
Don McLean Signed American Pie Album
by Nate D Sanders Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$2001 Bid
WILLIAMS JOHN: (1932- )
Mar 13, 12:00 PM CET
WILLIAMS JOHN: (1932- )
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid
TURNER TINA: (1939-2023)
Mar 13, 12:00 PM CET
TURNER TINA: (1939-2023)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid
FERRY BRYAN: (1945- )
Mar 13, 12:00 PM CET
FERRY BRYAN: (1945- )
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €80- €100
€801 Bid
GERSHWIN GEORGE: (1898-1937)
Mar 13, 12:00 PM CET
GERSHWIN GEORGE: (1898-1937)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €300- €400
€3001 Bid
MUSIC a mixtures of 6 signed photos and cutouts. Adam Faith signed black and white newspaper
Mar 08, 6:00 PM GMT
MUSIC a mixtures of 6 signed photos and cutouts. Adam Faith signed black and white newspaper
by Chaucer Auctions
Est: £10- £14
£101 Bid
KNOPFLER MARK: (1949- )
Mar 13, 12:00 PM CET
KNOPFLER MARK: (1949- )
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid
GIORDANO UMBERTO: (1867-1948)
Mar 13, 12:00 PM CET
GIORDANO UMBERTO: (1867-1948)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €150- €200
€1501 Bid
Woodstock Signed Album
Mar 14, 11:00 AM PDT
Woodstock Signed Album
by Nate D Sanders Auctions
Est: $200- $300
$2001 Bid
Mark Knopfler Dire Straits Signed Acoustic Guitar
Mar 06, 11:00 PM GMT
Mark Knopfler Dire Straits Signed Acoustic Guitar
by Rock n Scroll Guitars
Est: £400- £600
£3001 Bid
Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood Signed Electric Guitar Certified
Mar 06, 11:00 PM GMT
Rod Stewart and Ronnie Wood Signed Electric Guitar Certified
by Rock n Scroll Guitars
Est: £700- £900
£3501 Bid
Bruce Springsteen Signed Guitar Certified
Mar 06, 11:00 PM GMT
Bruce Springsteen Signed Guitar Certified
by Rock n Scroll Guitars
Est: £1,400- £1,600
£6001 Bid
Angus Young AC/DC Signed Electric Guitar Certified
Mar 06, 11:00 PM GMT
Angus Young AC/DC Signed Electric Guitar Certified
by Rock n Scroll Guitars
Est: £600- £800
£3751 Bid
Oasis Fully Signed Electric Guitar
Mar 06, 11:00 PM GMT
Oasis Fully Signed Electric Guitar
by Rock n Scroll Guitars
Est: £600- £800
£5001 Bid
TAYLOR SWIFT Facs Autographed 8.5 X 11 RP Photograph
Apr 06, 10:00 AM EDT
TAYLOR SWIFT Facs Autographed 8.5 X 11 RP Photograph
by South Florida Auction & Estate Sale Services
Est: $6- $1,000
$61 Bid
WAGNER COSIMA: (1837-1930)
Mar 13, 12:00 PM CET
WAGNER COSIMA: (1837-1930)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €100- €150
€1001 Bid
PONCHIELLI AMILCARE: (1834-1886)
Mar 13, 12:00 PM CET
PONCHIELLI AMILCARE: (1834-1886)
by International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.
Est: €250- €350
€2601 Bid

Sellers Who Sell Music Autographs


Rock n Scroll Guitars

Rock n Scroll Guitars

International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.

International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.

Chaucer Auctions

Chaucer Auctions

Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers

Michael Treloar Antiquarian Booksellers