I've never met him or even seen him in person, but the impact that Steven Spielberg's movies had on me as a kid only further encouraged me to pursue a career in media production. I wrote about E.T. as one of my desert island flicks - you can read that here. What can I really say about Spielberg? His name has come to define the movie business, symbolize the pinnacle of what it means to be a Hollywood director, and instantly conjures up images of pop culture iconography.
I bought this hand-signed autograph online in 2006 for $100, which at the time challenged my modest student budget. I think there's also always skepticism about whether stuff like this is actually real, although the other hand signed materials I compared it to make it look very convincing and it was from a specialty memorabilia shop. It's kind of a moot point though.
For me, the value of owning Spielberg's autograph is that it reminds me of that dream I had as a kid to make movies. I look at it and think that in some small way there's a link between me and one of the greatest directors of all time. Spielberg was famously quoted as saying 'I dream for a living'. As it turns out, so do I.