Long time lurker, first time poster. I collect many things Bond related but have always had a soft spot for autographs. I started out with the official autographed trading cards from Inkworks and Rittenhouse Archives but in recent years I have started attending conventions and have enjoyed meeting some of my favourite actors and having them sign pictures of my choice.
On another forum, one autograph collector said they saw no reason in paying for any autograph from a dealer etc. (for a living actor) when you have the choices of conventions, camping out at premieres and theatre stage doors, and finally fanmail. Well, I don't agree with that mindset.. I don't entirely enjoy conventions themselves (far too busy), being trapped in a film premiere pen with (the poorly behaved) dealers sounds repellent, and as much as I like the idea of fan mail I don't have the time and effort to put into it. We don't all live in LA or London with greater access to celeb encounters. Nothing wrong with buying if you do your homework.
Anyway, I'm rambling. Pierce Brosnan is my favourite Bond and I have always fancied getting an auto of his on an 8x10. I know that his flourish filled signature has displayed a lot of variance over the years and confuses many as to their authenticity, but after looking at MANY examples I have come to see similarities that are usually always there.
So, in keeping with the advice offered throughout this thread, i.e. to satisfy yourself after lots of research, that is exactly what I have done and I have already purchased the below autograph, which looks like a very nice example of his full signature:
Things that reassure me in the signature itself:
- The same looped 'L' in 'Luck' that he often writes in 'Love Life' on other examples
- Every letter legible in 'Pierce' which is nearly always the case even if his 'Brosnan' is abbreviated
- In 'Pierce' where the flat top of the 'r' joins the 'c'
- In 'Brosnan' the way the 'r' and 'o' connect closely
Other factors (maybe all wishful thinking!)
- The 'luck' message that seems unnecessary for a fake, the same with '00797' which I have never seen before
- An early version of his signature on an image from early in his Bond career
- Not signed on the picture itself which I guess would be more 'desirable'
All that said, this is the first time I have bought from a dealer and whilst I am 99.9% sure of its authenticity, I would appreciate the expert opinion.
I wasn't so sure on the either faded ink or slightly running out pen (there are lighter and darker strokes) but thought it was a fair compromise for a nice looking autograph. Does this sort of thing affect desirability or am I being too OCD?
Last edited by Dent_1 (13th Aug 2016 19:58)