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McCartney tops autograph charts

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Sir Paul McCartney's signature is the most expensive of the ever-more-valuable celebrity autographs.

The former Beatle's signature, worth £125 in 1997, has since taken an incredible 900 per cent price-hike and is now valued at £1,250.

Fraser's Autograph Gallery began tracking an index of 100 personalities, including McCartney, Robbie Williams and Eighties pop star Richard Carpenter, in 1997. It has shown an overall rise of 204 per cent, with many names increasing by significantly more.

Chairman Paul Fraser said Sir Paul's secret was a steady reduction in the supply of his signature. "It's about scarcity," he explained. "McCartney used to sign a lot more than he does now, but the demand for all The Beatles is still very high, which is why his signature has risen so much.

"McCartney was always the second most popular Beatle after John Lennon and now that there are only two Beatles left, the value of his signature is at an all-time high," he continued, adding that, on the night of George Harrison's death, the value of his autograph quadrupled.

"Also it is rare to get hold of a genuine signature from Neil Armstrong, as he very quickly got fed up with autograph hounds and now hardly ever signs," Fraser added. "Pele is very rare to come by as he has never really signed and it now looks like he never will."

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