Have you ever come across someone selling their celebrity autographs collection? If yes, then chances are they were asking for an exorbitant price for them, especially if they are from famous superstars and public personalities.
But celebrity autographs and signatures aren’t only for display: they tell a story about their holder and offer a glimpse into their mind.
We searched for many (many) of them and hand-picked for you those that intrigued us, impressed us, and made us think. Try to do your own signature analysis as you read along!
Walter Elias Disney
Disneyland’s creator and animation movies mastermind, this is the man who brought to life our favorite Disney characters and made us dream since we were kids.
Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, a pioneer in the animation industry, an animator, voice actor and film producer. Does his signature seem familiar? Yep, that’s right, it’s also the Disney company logo. A real legacy!
This King Of Pop’s signature is edgy and loopy, and knowing Michael Jackson’s character, we can say that it resembles him a lot.
A quick search on eBay will show you that the autograph of pop music icon starts can reach $2000. Quite pricey.
A straight-forward signature, with full name and capital first letters and nothing fancy. This is the signature of Albert Einstein, the theoretical physicist who revolutionized the physics world with his genius theory of relativity.
How about a signature that goes back to the 15th century? Albrecht Dürer was a painter, printmaker, theorist of the German Renaissance, and holder of a truly unique signature.
A big ‘A’ is enclosing a capital ‘D’ in an arch-like motion, and for an artist of the time, this seems like a bold move.
Steven Tyler seems to be taking his “Deamon of Screamin'” nickname quite literally. The most notable detail of his signature is the little pointy arrow at the end of the capital ‘T’, maybe borrowed from the symbolism of a devil’s tail?
There are still many things to unravel from the life and secrets of this famous American singer, songwriter, musician, and actor.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Prodigy of the classical era, Mozart is one of the first names that come to our minds when speaking of classical music.
His distinctive signature shows his complete name with legible but small letters, and a faintly swirled mark at its end.
Clear, concise, with a unique Chinese mark and an embellished stroke, this is a signature unlike any other.
Bruce Lee’s career started at a very young age, and he gradually and simultaneously became an actor, film director, and martial artist, and founder of the martial art Jeet Kune Do. Quite the achievements!
Adding the iconic circular glasses to his signature must have come naturally to John Lennon!
The Beatles co-founder’s signature will cheer up anyone who sees it with that sketched grinning face.
Flamboyant, illegible and vivid, the signature of the widely acclaimed English singer-songwriter and actor presents quite a statement.
Can you make up what letter every loop represents?
If Radiohead songs made you dream and wander, the signature of their singer will definitely make you smile.
Highly creative and child-like, it only features his first name, and a happy figure at its center. Absolute favorite!
By only looking at his signature, one can instantly guess that Vincent Price has more than one trick up his sleeve.
This American actor, art collector, consultant, and gourmet cook could still find the time to sketch a masterpiece signature when needed. Do you know any celebrity autographs that are as elaborate as this one?
We couldn’t expect less than a highly sophisticated signature from a literal queen.
Elizabeth I Queen of England and Ireland rocked a classy and straight signature that must have looked gorgeous on official documents and personal correspondence.
Keiji Inafune didn’t put that much effort into the name section of his signature – unless it was intentional! However, he took the time to sketch the outline of Mega Man, his most famous creation.
This Japanese artist, video game producer, and businessman has a proven track of records. Amongst many achievements, he also worked on the original Street Fighter, produced ‘The Legend of Zelda: The Minish Cap’ and was the executive producer of ‘Resident Evil 4’.
It makes sense for the social and political activist Banksy to sign in big bold letters.
As one of the UK’s most influential street artists, Banksy’s style can be recognized in a blink of an eye, and his signature blends extremely well with it.
Barack Obama’s signature is simple, with a detail we particularly like: the ‘O’ and ‘b’ in Obama are blended in a single letter.
It makes this signature quite unique and fun.
Wow! This is a signature that inspires confidence, strength, and spirit.
Anne Hathaway has received multiple awards during her acting career and was one of the world’s highest-paid actresses in 2015. That’s a signature that must look stunning as an autograph or on a check!
Jacob Joseph Lew
We won’t even try to understand this one. It looks like Jacob Lew did not try, at all. But weirdly enough, it’s one of the signatures that we remember best.
We wonder how the colleagues of the 76th United States Secretary of the Treasury reacted when they first saw him sign in a succession of circles on official documents!
Vonnegut published 14 novels, 5 works of non-fiction, 5 plays, 3 short story collections, and created a brilliant signature that portrays him faithfully.
He even added a cigarette, the eyes fine lines, and the curly hair. His name signature is written inside the sketch, maybe to show a man who always wandered inside his mind?
The “Father of His Country” had an official, trustworthy, and yet artistic signature.
The traditional capital ‘G’, double-looped ‘W’, and the stroke of the ‘t’ add much vitality to the signature.
Fierce, explosive, and solid: Ozzy Osbourne’s signature resonates with us just like his music does. Quickly swooshed and in all caps, we feel like ‘The Prince of Darkness’ is stomping his feet with this gutsy signature.
This English singer, songwriter, and actor knows what he wants, and isn’t afraid to show it to the world.
‘The Queen of Pop’ bends the three first letters of her name in all shapes and wrote the rest of it in a succession of curves.
This is the first time we see an ‘M’ written this way, but then again, for someone who had to sign countless autographs in her career, we understand the rushy feel of the signature.
Called the “Father of the Symphony” and the “Father of the StringQuartet”, Joseph Haydn is a Classical Austrian composer who was widely proclaimed in much of his career throughout Europe.
As Mozart’s friend and mentor, can you notice the resemblance between their respective signatures?
Leonardo Da Vinci
If you expected a carefully written signature from Monalisa’s creator, you may want to think again.
Leonardo da Vinci’s signature seems messy and irregular, a contrast to the detailed masterpieces this genius had created over the years. Yet a mystery we can’t resolve.
Diana, Princess of Whales
Princess Diana had always strived to remain close to the public and the citizens; would that be the reason behind her straightforward signature?
We don’t know if there is a rule about autographs in the British royal family, but we are sure that there are many a princess should never break.
Facebook’s creator and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg has a 4-letter signature, with the first and last letter of both his first name and family name.
Who could have guessed this signature would belong to the 10th World’s Most Powerful Person? (Forbes, 2016)
It seems like adding a happy face to their signature is a thing for entertainers and TV personalities! Jay Leno is a comedian, TV host, producer, actor, and writer.
NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno host spruced up his signature as he did with his show, to make it eye-catching and unique.
If we could take the liberty to make up a theory about this signature, we would say that the ‘N’ in Neil stands for neat, and the ‘A’ in Armstrong stands for artsy.
The signature of the first man to step on the moon is something… out of this planet!
‘Love, Victoria’ is what we can read from this autograph of Victoria Beckham, businesswoman, singer, model, and fashion designer.
The writing style is neat, airy, and unhesitant, just like the former Spice Girl!
It’s time for a female athlete to make her entrance!
Maria Sharapova’s signature is swift like her serve and self-assured, like her play.
Can you feel a hint of cubism in Picasso’s signature, or is it just us?
Picasso’s name is underlined, usually slightly inclined, and with spaced letters, especially noticeable if written with a pen or pencil.
Hancock was president of Congress when the Declaration of Independence was created and signed.
He is primarily remembered by Americans for his large, flamboyant signature on the Declaration.
Martin Luther King Jr.
Among his many efforts, King headed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. Through his activism and inspirational speeches he played an important role in ending the legal segregation of African-American citizens.
His signature is strong and sophisticated with the ‘Junior’ at the end being the star.
Marilyn Monroe continues to fascinate through the 21st Century, with new fans discovering her through her fashion and beauty influences, cultural references, visual tributes and imitations.
Her autograph is one of the most prized and forged today.
For many viewers, movies with Keanu in the main role have started with a non-trivial storyline and a good acting game.
His signature is unrecognizable. The only letters we can read is ‘K’ and ‘R.’
Prince continues to cast a titanic shadow over the world of music, one that has only lengthened in his absence.
He signed things with a ‘P +’ because that was his legal signature, not a partial one. It would be his full legal signature.
Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain is the longest-reigning monarch in British history. In February 2017, she celebrated 65 years on the throne with her Sapphire Jubilee. She is also known for her amazing fashion taste and her adorable corgis.
Signature of Elizabeth II features her regnal name. It is followed by the letter ‘R’ for Regina.
With each of her major appearances, Stone’s status of a beauty trendsetter grows stronger.
Like her looks, her celebrity autograph looks rich in yesteryear glamor and still, somehow, feel refreshingly modern.
Actor and producer Brad Pitt is an Academy Award and Golden Globe winner.
Despite what he may look like in some of his films, his autograph is subtle casual aesthetic.
Steve-O’s on-camera antics with Johnny Knoxville and the Jackass crew have entertained audiences for the past 10 years and counting.
Not like his class joker act, his signature gets attention because it’s elegant. Surprisingly, his autograph describes his personality.
An American actor and director, Shia LaBeouf, became known among younger audiences as Louis Stevens in the Disney Channel series Even Stevens. Recently, he has gained popularity because his video went viral of him screaming, “Just do it!.”
Like his personality, his signature shows that he loves freedom.
James Franco is an American actor who earned gained fame from the series Freaks and Geeks. He has been in a range of movies from comedies to more serious dramas.
His autograph shows his creativity and self-expression. The smiley face in the beginning of his signature is creepy though. There is no eyes and it’s just a mouth. Weird.
Kanye West is a Grammy Award-winning rapper, record producer, and fashion designer. He is also known for his marriage to Kim Kardashian.
When employing his considerable inner strength, his signature shows it’s enormous power of creativity.
Beyoncé became famous for being the lead singer of the group, Destiny’s Child. Later on, she started her solo career. Now, she is a superstar and everyone knows her name around the world.
With her upbeat and often inspiring personality, her signature is a similar description.
Johnny Depp is an actor known for his strange characters in films like Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Pirates of the Caribbean.
His autograph is insane, just like his characters.
Justin Timberlake got his start on The New Mickey Mouse Club. He made it big with boy band *NSYNC. Later on, he went on to become a solo singer and actor.
His nickname is JT and that’s all you see in his signature.
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