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Old 11-23-2005, 04:02 PM   #1 (permalink)
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How much is this worth?

My brother recently stumbled upon a concert contract for Nat King Cole from 1955 with his original signatures on it from when he was scheduled to play in Cuba and he was wondering how much something like that might be worth. Anyone have an idea?
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Old 11-23-2005, 04:08 PM   #2 (permalink)
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ooo nice. Tell him he can split half the profits with me. :P Call me you doofus!
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Old 11-23-2005, 09:44 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Put it up on Ebay and find out

But other than that, I would find a local antique shop and ask the shopkeeper to evaluate it and put a value on it.
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Old 11-24-2005, 06:06 AM   #4 (permalink)
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What it's worth is what the market will pay...

The value could be based on condition of the contract and the ability to authenticate it.

Before going to Ebay, I'd find an appraiser that might specialize in music or pop-culture type stuff...

Sounds like a neat find though
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Old 11-24-2005, 06:28 AM   #5 (permalink)
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What it's worth is what the market will pay...
Mal, did you know you are incredibly sexy when you speak the language of Economics?

/ben swoons.


Seriously though, Mal is right. There is a difference between what you should insure it for and what it will sell for at auction.

I am a big Nat King Cole fan, but I don't collect signatures from famous people. TO properly sell that, I would think that you need the help of a professional. Someone to authenticate it, and someone to market it (tell everyone it exists, so that potential buyers are ready to bid when the auction starts.).

Good luck.

*Wild Assed Guess* = About 500 - 1000 bucks. If it is a historically significant contract (the first one every signed by the great one) then you could possibly double it.

Try contacting a fan club, or maybe the Music Hall of Fame.
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Old 11-24-2005, 06:33 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Yes; "worth" is a function of supply, demand, and the intensity of the demand. It might be very valuable to the right buyers -- but how many of them are there, and do you know how to find them?

Finding some kind of appraiser would be best -- an "antiques roadshow" kind of person. Ebay is a crapshoot; bid prices on identical items can vary from week to week, depending on whether the right people are or are not looking.

Based only on my committed viewing of Antiques Roadshow (I just love it) and the kind of prices I've seen there for 20th century autographed documents, I'd expect the value to be in the hundreds, not the thousands. But you never know.
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Old 11-24-2005, 11:37 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Tell your bro that I'll give him one pound fifty seven for it in old money and I can't say fairer than that. Speech impediment you see, no problem writing it though.

Hurry though this offer can't last long.

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