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Political Autographs

Whether collected to celebrate a landmark election or symbolize the acceptance of a significant edict, political autographs reflect the dynamic history of international relations and politics. Political autographs for sale on the market today celebrate this variety while also commemorating the careers of some of history's most notable figures.

Political autographs began as a means of signing important documents, but by the 19th century, followers of prominent politicians independently solicited their autographs. By the midpoint of the century, autograph enthusiasts in the United States were so keen on acquiring signatures that they would send letters to the President requesting his autograph.

The demand for autographs was particularly steep for popular presidents. Abraham Lincoln, for instance, received so many requests by mail that he had his assistants write responses that he could sign them just prior to mailing. Such excitement is still strong today, with collectors clamoring for the autographs of prominent political figures whenever they appear on the open market.


Quick Facts

  • Many United States presidents since the '50s have used autopen technology for their signatures, creating robotic replicas of the leader's autograph in ink
  • One of President John F. Kennedy's final autographs appears scrawled upon an edition of the "Dallas Morning News" from November 22, 1963, the day Kennedy was assassinated. This historic signature sold for $39,000
  • One record-setting presidential signature belongs to Abraham Lincoln. His autograph, appearing on one of only 48 signed copies of the Emancipation Proclamation, sold in 2010 for $3,700,000

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Winston Churchill Signed & Framed Letter
Dec 06, 12:00 PM EST
Winston Churchill Signed & Framed Letter
by Akiba Antiques
Est: $200- $2,000
$1,30022 Bids
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FDR TLS Boldly Signed on White House Stationary.
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
FDR TLS Boldly Signed on White House Stationary.
by University Archives
Est: $300- $400
$32512 Bids
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A Fantastic Pair of Signed Photos by Presidents Eisenhower and Truman
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
A Fantastic Pair of Signed Photos by Presidents Eisenhower and Truman
by University Archives
Est: $300- $400
$40010 Bids
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U.S. Grant PSA Mint 9, Bold Signature
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
U.S. Grant PSA Mint 9, Bold Signature
by University Archives
Est: $600- $700
$65010 Bids
Joe Biden, signed as Senator.
Nov 29, 12:00 PM EST
Joe Biden, signed as Senator.
by Quinn's Auction Galleries
Est: $100- $200
$2507 Bids
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Jefferson and Madison Signed Four Language Ship's Passport, Huge Signature
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Jefferson and Madison Signed Four Language Ship's Passport, Huge Signature
by University Archives
Est: $3,500- $4,500
$2,8007 Bids
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Signatures of 6 Presidents on a White House Photo, Attractively Displayed
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Signatures of 6 Presidents on a White House Photo, Attractively Displayed
by University Archives
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,3006 Bids
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Thomas Jefferson Clock Designer! Superb Huge Signature!
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Thomas Jefferson Clock Designer! Superb Huge Signature!
by University Archives
Est: $9,000- $10,000
$4,2506 Bids
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John F. Kennedy TLS to Future MA Senate Constituent, With PSA/DNA LOA
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
John F. Kennedy TLS to Future MA Senate Constituent, With PSA/DNA LOA
by University Archives
Est: $900- $1,000
$1,1006 Bids
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Millard Fillmore Signed Recess Appointment
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Millard Fillmore Signed Recess Appointment
by University Archives
Est: $400- $500
$2205 Bids
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FDR and Eleanor Dual Signed Photo, 1941 Christmas Gift to White House Staff
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
FDR and Eleanor Dual Signed Photo, 1941 Christmas Gift to White House Staff
by University Archives
Est: $700- $800
$4255 Bids
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G. Washington Boldly Signed Discharge NY Soldier Until Signing of Peace Treaty
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
G. Washington Boldly Signed Discharge NY Soldier Until Signing of Peace Treaty
by University Archives
Est: $12,000- $14,000
$6,0005 Bids
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Eisenhower to the Man, "who commanded the British First Army", Signed Photo Inscribed, Superb
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Eisenhower to the Man, "who commanded the British First Army", Signed Photo Inscribed, Superb
by University Archives
Est: $800- $900
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William H. Harrison 1840 Running For Pres. ALS Apologizing for Neglecting Friendship During Campaign
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
William H. Harrison 1840 Running For Pres. ALS Apologizing for Neglecting Friendship During Campaign
by University Archives
Est: $3,500- $4,500
$1,7004 Bids
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Eisenhower 1965 TLS Thanking Friends from Walter Reed Army Hospital
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Eisenhower 1965 TLS Thanking Friends from Walter Reed Army Hospital
by University Archives
Est: $300- $400
$2004 Bids
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Fantastic FDR TLS with Bold Signature
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Fantastic FDR TLS with Bold Signature
by University Archives
Est: $300- $400
$3254 Bids
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Bold Robert Todd Lincoln PSA Signed Cut
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Bold Robert Todd Lincoln PSA Signed Cut
by University Archives
Est: $200- $300
$1604 Bids
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Thomas Jefferson Signed Free Frank Envelope
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Thomas Jefferson Signed Free Frank Envelope
by University Archives
Est: $5,500- $6,500
$2,4004 Bids
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The Hamilton–Burr Duel, Days Later, in a Letter to Hamilton's Brother-in-Law
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
The Hamilton–Burr Duel, Days Later, in a Letter to Hamilton's Brother-in-Law
by University Archives
Est: $3,000- $4,000
$1,6004 Bids
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M. Fillmore Signed Letter Re: Start of Armed Security at the White House
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
M. Fillmore Signed Letter Re: Start of Armed Security at the White House
by University Archives
Est: $1,500- $1,700
$8004 Bids
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Abraham Lincoln Free Frank Addressed By Wife Mary, A Superb Combo Signed the Date of the Emancipation in DC!
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Abraham Lincoln Free Frank Addressed By Wife Mary, A Superb Combo Signed the Date of the Emancipation in DC!
by University Archives
Est: $9,000- $10,000
$4,2504 Bids
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Andrew Jackson 1831 Signed Land Grant, PSA Authenticated
Dec 14, 11:00 AM EST
Andrew Jackson 1831 Signed Land Grant, PSA Authenticated
by University Archives
Est: $500- $600
$4003 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Political Autographs


University Archives

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International Autograph Auctions Europe, S.L.

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