How to Preserve an Autographed Photo

The Autograph Auction offers online bidders the chance to purchase authenticated signed items from actors, musicians, and other celebrities. The Autograph Auction adheres to a high standard of quality for each item sourced by its team of full-time collectors.

To keep an autographed photo in good condition for years to come, a conscientious collector must keep it away from heat, intense light, and the touch of human hands. A reliable first step is to take the photograph, which the collector must make sure to keep flat, and place it in an acid-free photo sleeve. To truly keep the photo safe, the collector can then place it between pieces of acid-free foam board, big enough around that the photo is at least one inch away from the edges. This keeps the valuable autograph safe from harmful sunlight.

For collectors that wish to display an autograph, conservation glass (also known as UV protective glass) helps to keep harmful sunlight away from the photograph. The collector should then separate the glass from the photo itself with spacers to protect it from sticking, and select an acid-free backing. Cardboard should never touch the photo, as the acid it contains will inevitably damage the photograph.