Do any of you own celebrity signed or owned items?
I have a few things, mostly all bought on ebay. Signed photos, a few items owned by celebrities...not exactly Frank Sinatra's fedora or anything like that.
Last year I bought a Martin DM guitar from a person who apparently has some type of retail establishment and also was a promoter of some kind. This is a 1998 guitar that was new in the store, and as he encountered country artists through his booking avocation, he'd have them sign it. The guitar was hanging on the wall or on display in some fashion. There's some names I had never heard of, but Charley Pride and George Jones I know! There's probably 10 signatures on it, one is Mark Chesnutt. Never heard of him but apparently my oldest daughter has, as she went berserk when she saw it.
This guy had all kinds of memorabilia for sale, and even mentioned something about the gates to Little Jimmie Dickens front yard. I didn't bother pursuing that one...
Over the years, I have had friends who think I'm crazy to want anyone's autograph to begin with, let alone a celebrity owned item. And if I didn't actually get the signature myself, they immediately doubt it's authenticity. A certificate of authenticity means nothing to them.
So I don't bother talking about or showing this guitar, because I don't feel like going on the defensive, since I didn't personally witness George Jones signing the guitar. And as to money, the punch line is that I only paid $450 for this guitar, which is at the bottom end of it's market value. Come to think of it, that's the cheapest I've ever seen one. So much for paying extra for a signature.
Side note, this guitar is awesome. I don't care for the flat finish, because it is the guitar equivalent of corduroy clad thighs rubbing together. The fretboard is dry and raspy and I swear it has the original 1998 strings on it. I'm afraid to change them. They're black as a crow's armpit but sound wonderful. I hit them with the dial caliper and they're a funky gauge, 11-52.
I had originally planned to overspray the top with a flat acrylic clear to protect the signatures, but I wet my thumb and rubbed one signature furiously and it didn't budge, so I guess Sharpie and a flat finish are a good match.
I'm griping today about people who sneer in disbelief when you have a piece of memorabilia and attempt to ridicule you for being so stupid as to buying something without 14 photographs, a notarized affadivait from 17 witnesses and DNA obtained under shady circumstances...how do you deal with them? Carry around the COA? Punch them in the throat?
A vendor in Bethel, NY is selling peace sign medallion necklaces made from the original Woodstock chain link fence. I want one of these so badly...but with ownership, I will have to constantly defend it.
Any snappy comebacks?