If anyone has ever complimented you on your “John Hancock”—i.e., signature—it’s probably because it’s fairly big. Of course, Hancock will forever be remembered by history as the guy who didn’t let up when he was given the opportunity to sign the Declaration of Independence. Read: History has been good to John Hancock.
As part of RR Auction’s latest online-only offering, “Fine Autographs and Artifacts,” ending on Jan. 11, you’ll have the chance to obtain the signatures of a number of famous signees of the Declaration of Independence, including Hancock himself. (You might not be as familiar with Thomas Lynch, Jr., or Arthur Middleton, but their signatures still hold quite a bit of value—$30,000 each, actually—even though their John Hancocks are quite a bit, er, smaller.)
One signature that’s soon to find its way onto a number of instantly historic (and collectible) documents is President-elect Donald J. Trump’s, which you’ll also find in this auction. (Though it’s hard not to chuckle at the photograph he decided to sign; see below.) Other notable names include Nelson Mandela and Princess Diana.
Maybe the oddest addition is a rather deadly glove worn by fictional dream demon Freddy Krueger (i.e., actor Robert Englund) in the 2003 film Freddy vs. Jason. We’re not entirely sure how this fits in with the rest of the historic signatures above, but we’re not going to argue; it’d make for a fine addition to some horror buff’s man cave (or lady cave). Right next to John Hancock’s John Hancock. (Yes, we found extreme pleasure in writing that.)
For more information on the auction, go here. But first, browse five of the auction’s highlights below, along with their pre-auction estimates.
John Hancock’s ‘John Hancock’ – Pre-Auction Estimate: $6,000+
Donald Trump Doing Some Sort of Silly Dance (and His Signature) – Pre-Auction Estimate: $200+
Nelson Mandela’s Signature – Pre-Auction Estimate: $600+
Princess Diana’s Signature – Pre-Auction Estimate: $2,000+