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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.
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