Fraser’s Autographs Authentication & Valuation Service
This is a popular service undertaken by those who wish to have their autographs authenticated and valued for insurance or probate purposes. You must first establish an autograph’s authenticity before being able to give it an accurate value.
Fraser’s Autographs is part of Stanley Gibbons Plc, one of the foremost names in philatelic collecting, so you can be assured that our trusted authentication and valuation of your autographs will be entirely accurate. The authentication and valuation process is based upon our extensive working knowledge and involvement within the autograph industry, expertise in the area of autograph analysis and our professional experience, alongside a comparison with other existing examples of autographs (authentic as well as forged) and any available literature.
Whether the material you want valued is a rare single signed photograph or a collection, Fraser’s Autographs has the facilities and expertise to provide you with the best possible service available.
Please contact us on +44 (0)20 7836 8444 or email@example.com to arrange an authentication/valuation appointment.
No valuation will be made over the phone. The authentication and valuation service costs 2.5% of the final valuation set by Fraser’s Autographs and an initial fee of £100.
The valuation process can take a maximum of twenty eight working days to complete, upon which you are provided with the completed authentication and valuation service documentation.
Material for valuation can be brought to our London premises, posted using a secure tracking service, or we can arrange for a nominated courier to collect the material, which would be an additional £25 per package (25kg max) per journey (details available upon request).
Please be aware that we do not provide the service for material which is framed and especially glazed as it can affect an accurate conclusion if we are not able to view the original item, free of presentation material.
Authentication and Valuation Standard Fees
The authentication and valuation service costs 2.5% of the final valuation set by Fraser’s Autographs and an initial fee of £100.
Authentication and Valuation Documentation Fee 2.5% of the final valuation figure with a minimum, upfront fee of £100
Please be aware that should your autograph prove not to be authentic then the £100 will not be refunded as the assessment has still taken place. Fraser’s will still provide a breakdown of the assessment should a refund be pursued from the original seller.
Additional Authentication and Valuation Services
We are happy to provide additional services in relation to the Authentication and Valuation assessment;
Colour, full size photocopies of individual autographs: £5 per copy.
A breakdown of the property into individual components (e.g. per collection theme or per personality) with an additional valuation fee of £10 per component
Terms and Conditions
Fraser’s’ Authentication and valuation documentation is addressed to the client for whom it is prepared, and shall not be relied upon by any other person or for any other purpose. Neither the whole nor any part of the valuation or any reference thereto may be included in any published document, circular or statement nor published in any way without Fraser’s’ written approval of the form and context in which it may appear.
The client requesting the Authentication and valuation documentation represents and warrants to Fraser’s Autographs that they are entitled, or is duly authorised, to have the property assessed. In issuing documentation, Fraser’s Autographs expresses no opinion as to the ownership of the autographs submitted
Fraser’s Autographs’ fees will be at the standard rate or as agreed. Particulars of the standard rates are as indicated. VAT is applicable at the current prevailing rate.
Fraser’s Autographs makes no representation and gives no warranty that the property will realise the amount at which it is valued at a subsequent sale
The client agrees that he or she will not call upon Fraser’s to give evidence in legal or other proceedings concerning the contents of the documentation except that, where requested, Fraser’s will take reasonable steps to justify its valuation prepared for tax purposes in response to inquiries made by the Inland Revenue.
Please note that all material is sent at the client’s risk and that the client is responsible for any return carriage costs involved in returning the material once the valuation has been completed. Please ensure that you comply with your local customs restrictions, failure to do so may result in your material being seized by customs. Material sent or brought into the UK from outside the European Union is subject to VAT at the standard rate.