PRIVATE SIGNINGS by TODD MUELLER AUTOGRAPHS
Over the past 40+ years, Todd has worked directly with hundreds of celebrities, from all genres, assuring that the collectors and fans receive 100% authenticity.
Werner Franz was a 14 year-old cabin boy on the Hindenburg's final voyage in May 6, 1937 that crashed at New Jersey's Lakehurst Naval Air Station. Todd contacted Werner Franz in late 2010 to see if he would be interested in doing a private signing. Werner Franz completed the signing in March of 2011 with 1,000 photographs hand signed by him.
Chuck Berry signed hundreds of photographs for this private signing back in 2010. Chuck Berry is an American guitarist, singer and songwriter. He was one of the pioneers of Rock and Roll and refined the rhythm and blues sound that he is so famous for.
Oliva De Havilland
Todd began writing to Olivia de Havilland in the early 1990’s as a collector and through the years had many personal correspondences with her. In 1996, he wrote to her asked if she would be willing to do a private signing with him. She agreed to the signing and Todd sent the Gone with the Wind photographs to her in Paris for her to sign and return to him in Texas. She signed every photograph with her beautiful trademark signature adding “Melanie” with each signature.
In 1999, Todd Mueller was invited with 100 other guests to attend the movie premier of “Ali”, which depicted the most famous of all boxing greats, Muhammad Ali. The premier took place in Las Vegas at The Palm on December __, 1999. When Muhammad Ali entered the premier the audience gave him a standing ovation. Todd and others went down to Muhammad Ali in hopes of obtaining an autograph. Todd didn’t just want an autograph, he brought along an Olympic Torch for the Summer Games in Atlanta in 1996 for Ali to sign. Below is a photograph taken as Muhammad Ali is handed the Torch by Todd Mueller.
From 1994 to 2001 Todd Mueller Autographs, Inc created over 100 auctions running them out of his Frisco and The Colony, Texas offices selling millions of dollars worth of autographs yearly. During this time Todd ate dinner with B.B. King, met Muhammad Ali at the premiere of; “Ali,” in Las Vegas where Ali obliged by signing an Olympic Torch for Todd. He met President Jimmy Carter, Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Mickey Mantle, and hundreds of other celebrities from all walks of fame.
Civil Rights Icon
Probably the most historic and memorable signing Todd completed was with Civil Rights figure Rosa Parks. Todd contacted Rosa Park back in the 90's and found out through their conversation that she was financially down on her luck. After several long talks with Mrs. Parks she agreed to a private signing and sealed a long lasting friendship with Todd. Todd once asked her what prompted her to not give up her seat on the bus to a white person, her response was “I was just tired and didn’t want to get up”. Little did she know at the time, that her actions would be the catalyst to the Civil Rights Movement. Todd continued his friendship with Rosa Parks up until her death in 2005.
Todd Mueller’s first private signing came about early in his autograph career. Bettie Page was one of the first nude pin-up model to hit the United States in the 1950's. Todd contacted Bettie Page because he saw the potential from obtaining a private signing from such a 1950's icon. Todd found Bettie Page through her brother, Jack Page and the first of many private signings began. Over the years a long-term friendship developed between Bettie, Jack and Todd and they would talk and catch up from time to time, exchanging news about their families. By late 2008, Bettie was declining and her family turned to Todd assistance. On December 11, 2008 Bettie Page died from complications of a heart attack. A private ceremony was held and Bettie was aid to rest near Marilyn Monroe. Todd and his family were one of a few guests invited to attend her memorial service. Today, Bettie Page’s autograph sells for up to $500! She has been an American icon for over 50 years and probably for the next 50 years. Todd is now in the process of consulting on several projects relating to the life of Bettie Page.
First Man On The Man
In 2005, Todd Mueller made world wide news when he purchased Neil Armstrong’s hair from his barber for $3,000.00. The media frenzy that this caused had NBC, ABC, CBS, FOX, Inside Edition, the BBC and other news and television programs from all over the world calling Todd and requesting interviews. The buzz from this story brought on a potential lawsuit between Neil Armstrong and his barber which only added credibility to the authenticity of the purchase between Todd Mueller and Mr. Armstrong’s barber. The barber supplied Todd not only with the hair taken from Neil Armstrong’s hair cut that day, but he also wrote a letter stating Todd’s Mueller’s name 7 times as being the owner and purchaser of the hair. Today, the purchase of Neil Armstrong’s hair still creates a buzz over the unusual purchase of this very private American hero’s hair. Todd Mueller still has Neil Armstrong’s hair and hasn’t decided what to do with it.
In 2007, Todd Mueller contacted Farrah Fawcett and arranged the only private signing of her autograph. Todd worked with Farrah’s agent Craig Nevlus and together they agreed to a price and which photos would be used for the private signing. Farrah Fawcett signed 1,200 photos only for Todd Mueller Autographs and later Todd found out that she was suffering from cancer. There are so many photos taken of Farrah Fawcett that are considered iconic and burning into the image of the 1970's and Todd obtained autographs of all these photos. To accomplish this signing with such a great star in light of her medical condition was a honor for Todd Mueller.
Youngest Survivor of the Titanic
In 1997 after watching the movie “Titanic” Todd turned to his wife and brother and said “I’m going to make a lot of money off of this movie”. He went to work and began researching the survivors of the Titanic to see if any were still alive and willing to consider a private signing. With little effort, Todd located the youngest survivor of the Titanic, Millvina Dean who was only an eleven months old when the ship sank to the bottom of the ocean on April 14, 1912. Millvina Dean was honored to do a private signing with Todd Mueller and they began a friendship as well as a business partnership. She has completed several signings with Todd Mueller over the years since the release of the movie. Her autograph consistently sells every time it’s up for auction. People want to own a piece of history as extraordinary as the Titanic.
Other memorable signings include, former President Gerald Ford, Sammy Baugh, Olivia De Havilland, Pamela Anderson, Iwo Jima survivors, Barbara Eden, Lost in Space actors & actresses, Jane Russell, Brigitte Bardot, and many others from NBA, MLB, NFL stars. Below are some of example of these signings done over the years.
Todd Mueller has been interviewed or broadcasted by over 10,000 radio programs. He has been interviewed by Fox, NBC, CBS, ABC, Inside Edition, The Associated Press, Entrepreneur Magazine, and most recently in the October 2008 issue of Vanity Fair magazine on page 386 regarding the cover story about Marilyn Monroe (Shown below). He’s been interviewed by press in England, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia and throughout much of the world. He has further written stories or been interviewed by all hobby publications.