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Good Morning,I may be in possession of a signed autograph

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Good Morning, I may be in possession of a signed autograph by Franz Schubert. What should I do next? John XXXXXX.

Hello. My name isXXXXX and I am a certified appraiser with 25 years in a museum and in the field. I am happy to help, John.

Can you tell me a bit more. What is this? A print or a paper, letter etc.? What is the history/provenance? How did you receive this?

Have you had it looked at by an authenticator or an auction house?

Schubert items come to the market here and there but of course not regularly. His life was short 1797 to 1828 so anything left is of course of interest to collectors.

What is this?
Kim D.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

It looks like a statement of some kind, seven lines of script, followed

by a date---12th Jan 1827---and his signature (I think).

It was inherited from my great aunt, who was an opera singer and

lived in Vienna. It is in a frame.




Hmmm. John this tells me a little bit more but I wonder if you are looking for an authenticator? Or just a sense of value for a signature by Schubert if it is authentic.

I do know a few options of professional authenticators. They would need good photographs but this would be a perfect example for this and if it were sold it would be necessary.
Kim D.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.

I guess I'm looking for both .Could you give me some idea of the possible value if authentic . Could you possibly put me in touch with anyone who could assess it? Many thanks.

Hi John - I am happy to help with both. I don't know where you are located but since these authenticators are difficult to come by, I will give you some options and you are welcome to contact them and discuss this from a distance. I see that you are in the UK.

Considering the market and what has sold in the last five years of Schubert material (and other significant composers of the 18th and 19th century) this would have a fair market value in the range of 2700.00-3200.00 (USD) The context of this note and what the purpose well as the clarity of the signature and date would play into value as well. However this would be an appropriate range to expect for such a rare early autograph by Franz Schubert.

Here is a list of resources to contact (see below)..again take some very good images as onsite inspection is always best but sometimes that is not possible if you are not in the vicinity of a professional. Call each to see who would best fit this particular piece each here specialize in composers or European history and music in some way.

Best wishes,

Kim D.
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