Published Apr 15, 2009Those jokes about autographs eventually only being worth the paper they were written on have just been blown out of the water. But only if you're a musician going by the name of James.
Two owners of items signed by the likes of rockers Jimmy Page and Jimi Hendrix are putting them on the block and will probably be laughing all the way to the bank, WalesOnline.co.uk reports. Their chicken-scratches are amongst the most valuable - or at least expensive - autographs in the world.
A guitar signed by Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page has a price tag of £49,000 (almost $89,000 Canadian), while a simple scrap of paper with Hendrix's John Hancock could be yours at a paltry starting price of £41,000 (just over $74,000 Canadian).
Even with the difference in initial value between a guitar and piece of paper, Hendrix is being robbed. Not only is Page still alive (Hendrix died in 1970 at the age of 27) but as Canuck-based HoundsTV.com noted in their recent retrospective on musicians meeting fans and providing autographs in 2008, Led Zeppelin were slotted amongst Bon Jovi and the Eagles as some of the worst. Maybe that's why Page's scribble is so pricey.
In that regard, the site refers to Plant and former Zeppelin singer Robert Plant thusly:
"While they were not touring together, founding Led Zeppelin members Robert Plant and Jimmy Page arrived in Toronto within weeks of each other during 2008. Plant, on tour with Alison Krauss, played a summer show, and Page came to the Toronto Film Festival weeks later to support a film. Page announced on arrival at TIFF regarding autograph requests, 'I'm kinda finished with that,' and stuck to his word. Robert Plant was equally dismissive the few times approached by collectors over the course of the couple of days he was in Toronto. By mutual agreement among many, Page and Plant were the worst rock-god signers to come though during the year. Autograph collectors went home with their Led Zeppelin memorabilia unsigned during 2008."
As an aside, AC/DC, Coldplay and the Guess Who were considered to have treated Canadian fans the best, claiming AC/DC is the single most affable group of the year. Regardless, Hendrix is just cooler than all of them: