Many people on our planet are passionate about collecting autographs of famous personalities. This type of collecting even has a name - autographs. Some celebrity signatures sell for huge sums of money. It is not surprising that there are entire companies for which buying and resale of autographs is a business that brings very good profits.
One of the acquaintances of the famous artist Ilya Efimovich Repin saw a painting on the market with the signature “I. Repin ". The painting was sold at a reasonable price, only for 10 rubles. The woman could not resist the temptation and bought this "masterpiece". When she showed the purchase to the artist himself, he laughed and wrote on the fake "This is not Repin." Soon the price for this fake with the original signature of the painter increased many times.
Albert Einstein visited Japan in 1922. One day a courier came to his hotel room, but Einstein didn’t have little change for "tips" with him. Then he handed the courier two handwritten notes, assuring him that in time they would be of good value. Einstein was right. A note with the text: "A calm and humble life gives more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness" was sold, years later, for 1.5 million dollars. And the second note with an optimistic inscription: "If there is a will, there will be a way, " went to auction for 240 thousand.
The owner of the autograph of the famous playwright William Shakespeare can consider himself a millionaire. Only six of his signatures have survived to this day, each of which is estimated at $ 5, 000, 000.
In 1988, the Museum of Autographs named after Nicholas II was opened in Novosibirsk. The employees of this unusual museum have set themselves the goal of collecting and preserving autographs of people who have left a noticeable mark in world history. The museum funds contain signatures of various celebrities: politicians, actors, astronauts.
Russian Tsar Ivan IV was known not only as a formidable ruler, but also as an educated person. But, so far, no one has managed to find his personal signature. It is believed that for Ivan Vasilyevich it was a worthy occupation to hold a scepter or a sword in his hands, but certainly not a feather. He dictated decrees or letters, and then certified the text with a personal seal.
Peter the Great's character was explosive and expansive. The handwriting of the first Russian emperor was the same. Researchers claim that only a few specialists are able to read the text written by Peter.
Leonardo da Vinci's notebook with the observations and reflections of the great scientist was acquired in 1994 at an auction in New York by billionaire Bill Gates. I paid a very decent amount for it - $ 30.8 million.
Handwriting Day is celebrated annually on January 23rd. This unusual holiday was initiated by the Association of Writers' Manufacturers, in order to remind all of us that handwriting is unique. And even more so in our computer age.