Celebrity autographs can go for hundreds of thousands of dollars (rare ones like a baseball signed by Babe Ruth, or a guitar signed by Jimmy Page) or more reasonable fees like $100 to get your picture taken (and signed) with Stan Lee.
The bottom line is, celebrity or sports autographs are worth money, and not just for the celebrities – this father/son team claims to make six figures selling autographs, and that the business is worth $50 million a year.
Some celebrities refuse to play along:
Hey professional autograph hunters, maybe stop stalking me at airports etc because I'm not signing your pics that you sell online.
— Rebel Wilson (@RebelWilson) April 20, 2015
There’s money to be made from celebrity selfies, too; remember Ellen’s 2014 Oscar selfie?
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) March 3, 2014
It’s alleged that because of product placement for Samsung, her pic with Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence, Julia Roberts, Brad Pitt, Meryl Streep, Kevin Spacey and others may have been worth almost a billion dollars.
Back to the humble autograph; if you’re planning to sell it, Shawn Mendes doesn’t want to sign it. This was the scene several days ago outside his London hotel; Shawn suspected that a man asking for a signature for his sister actually planned to sell it. Shawn did sign, but only after insisting that the man call his sister – or someone – and put her on the phone with Shawn:
What do you think? Was Shawn out of line here?