Editor’s Note: Marilyn portrait in the top row, second from right in the photo above is secretarially signed.
When Microsoft laid-off David Kuflik in 2014 he had lots of time on his hands—and lots of autographs inherited from his dad and aunt. Collected mostly in-person from the 1950s to 2012, the collection spans Marilyn Monroe and Steve McQueen, to Jackie Robinson, Elvis, John Lennon, Steven Spielberg and Tupac Shakur. And many multiples.
It’s an incredible collection.
My father, Harvey Kuflik, and aunt, Rhoda Kuflik, started collecting in-person autographs in New York in the early 1950’s and continued vigorously collecting their whole lives. Harvey passed in 2002 and Rhoda passed in 2012.
Both collected for the love of it and didn’t sell their autographs. Their collections are fully intact and almost all of them were collected in person. My father also acquired a couple smaller autograph collections from his collecting friends in Hollywood.
I collected actively with my father in Hollywood as a kid in the 1980’s. I inherited their collections and after working 17 years at Microsoft, I left my day job and have dedicated the past two years full-time curating this collection.
David has spent 2 years cataloging the 80,000-plus autographs, and he’s starting to sell them. Check out the 164 he sold at RR Auction. He’ll be selling soon through his own web store, too.
Be careful—don’t drool on your computer.
David Kuflik and his collection are featured in the Fox Business Channel Strange Inheritances episode “Autograph Addicts.”