Collection of autographs is world heritage
Published in a dutch newspaper: "Nieuwsblad"
But Jan Costermans is most proud of the signatures he asked for in person. “That makes it so much more special. In 2003 Bill Clinton visited Antwerp. Hours before he arrived at his hotel, I stood there waiting. But his security wouldn’t let me through. Later that evening I returned, and when Clinton got back he remembered me from that morning, and he signed the photo on the spot. He even asked me to spell my name.”
Clinton was for free, but for many other autographs Costermans paid a lot of money. “For a signature of Buzz Aldrin, the second man on the moon, I paid 120 euro. Celebrities like him are often invited to signature sessions. They sit behind a table, and we pay for a picture. 120 euro for a signature, 133 if ‘Apollo 11’ is required and 145 euro if you want your name on the photo too.”
“It’s a hobby that gives me a kick. In a way, once you have an autograph of a celebrity, that person is with you. I’m already thinking about what will happen with my collection after I pass away, because I have no children. But that’s for the far future. Meanwhile everybody is invited to the World Heritage Day on April 26th.”
We thank Jan Costermans for the article!