Company profile

KOTTE Autographs was founded and is owned by Thomas Kotte. Born in Bavaria in 1968, the keen athlete and movie buff started out at high school, asking his heroes and heroines for their autographs by mail (always including a stamped, self-addressed envelope). During his academic education in Business Administration (1991-1996) and his time abroad in Barcelona and Paris, he developed a serious, lifelong passion for autographs of all kind and of every provenance. KOTTE Autographs was founded in 1996. They have included nearly unobtainable manuscripts by Mozart, Beethoven, Haydn, C. Ph. E. Bach, Kafka, Grimmelshausen, Goethe and Schiller, as well as a very rare letter by Lucas Cranach the Elder.

Since the early 1990s, Thomas Kotte has attended all relevant antiquarian fairs around the globe as a collector (New York, Los Angeles/San Francisco, London, Paris as well as - a first in 2015 - Hong Kong and Japan). Our wide network of contacts among collectors and the trade helps us locate the very rarest autographs in any field and fulfill our customers' most extravagant wishes.

We regularly attend all important auctions in Germany, London and New York and we are happy to represent our customers here. If you are looking for a certain autograph or if you want to sell your collection, don't hesitate to contact us.