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"The Collectibility of Fame"

One of the most famous signatures of all times is that of John Hancock, a signer of the Declaration of Independence whose name has become synonymous with the word. When asked why he signed his name so big in comparison to the other delegates on the Declaration of Independence, it has been said that Hancock replied, so that the “fat old King could read it without his spectacles.” Today, the signature collectibles market is one of the hottest growing segments, in part because anything you love or collect that is signed by the maker or subject makes that item that much more valuable, at least to the owner. In this episode we explore the value of fame, how the culture of celebrity has changed the autograph market, and what collectors need to know to protect themselves from forgeries.

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