What's in a Signature?

What's in a Signature?

Fine, limited edition aviation art prints are typically signed and numbered by the artist. But some are  also signed by the aviators who are depicted or somehow associated with the scene or event depicted. Essentially, these co-signatures are the authentic autographs of some of the most accomplished airmen and women in history. Making the autograph even more valuable is the fine art print that the aviator signed. On their own, the print and autograph each have value – but combined, they increase their value considerably. This is one reason co-signed prints can be an excellent long-term investment.

The value of a co-signed print can increase with each passing year as more of these famous aviators leave this world for the next. Once they pass away, each surviving autograph becomes that much more rare.

Imagine today’s value of a print depicting WWI’s famous Flying Circus squadron in combat that was signed by the Red Baron himself? Or how about a Baron Manfred von Richthofen signed print that was also countersigned by an English adversary who survived the encounter? If such a art print existed today, it would be nearly priceless.

Co-signed prints also have a way of making history come alive – especially for the collector who is also a history geek. For many aviation enthusiasts and students of history, seeing the events that they have read about and studied for years, reproduced and autographed by the actual historical figures is nothing short of thrilling.

All high-quality, well-researched, aviation art is a good investment that can be enjoyed for generations. But one that also has the authentic personal mark of the men and women who made history adds an emotional element that is difficult to duplicate any other way.

Today, you can buy prints signed by Eric Hartmann, the highest-scoring ace in the history of the world (352 kills), Chuck YeagerAdolph GallandJimmy DoolittlePappy Boyington, and many others, including veterans of most major historical aviation events from WW2 and after. These include Pearl Harbor, Midway, the Flying Tigers, the Battle of Britain, Bismarck sinking, the bombing of Hiroshima, Korea, Vietnam, the Gulf War… the list goes on if you are willing to look. Some are only available on the secondary market at inflated prices while others are still available at the retail level. But they won’t be available forever and they are all destined for the expensive secondary market or private collections and museums. As more and more of these history making aviators pass on, more and more of these prints will become prohibitively expensive or simply disappear from the market altogether.