This column provides a gallery of original and mostly vintage celebrity photos to give you an idea why they are popularly collected. Whether you collect memorabilia of sports, Hollywood movies, famous inventors or politicians, there are quality photos in the market for you. Art is in the eye of the beholder, and it certainly isn’t up to me to tell you what photographs catch your fancy or what genre ‘is best.’
The key to collecting and valuation is judging the age and originality of a photo, knowing the famous photographers and getting following sales and auctions to get a handle on pricing.
If you are interested in learning how to identify and authenticate photographs– from the 1800s to today, cabinet cards to snapshots–, a recommended book is Judging the Authenticity of Photographs. I have to admit I’m the author. You’re also free to ask me questions.