Quoting theweymouth - "i have cross referenced them and thought they looked dodgy but why would i need to question them when my dad was props master and was very well known in the films from the 30's up to the early 80's"
Because your opinion on whether a signature is genuine or not should be formed based on how the signature looks, not on the story behind it.
Here's an example of where a story behind an autograph can be unintentionally misleading.
My brother in law told me about his auntie who had an album signed by all four members of 'The Beatles'. I asked him if it was really genuine, because if so it would be worth a fortune. "Yes" he replied. He then explained how his Auntie Mary had it signed in person at a Beatles concert. I asked if he could possibly arrange for me to see it. Fast forward. We are at his aunties house and she confirms that she got it signed in person at a concert. I look at it and very quickly and come to the conclusion that all four sigs were signed by the same person. Not a genuine signature amongst them. I ask Mary if she is sure that the signatures are real. "Oh yes" she said and reiterated how the album was signed at the concert. I asked her whether she witnessed any of the Beatles actually signing the album. "No" was the answer. The album was taken back stage out of view and returned fully signed shortly afterwards.
The signatures told me what I needed to know. Had I ignored my instincts and accepted the original story first told by my brother in law and then confirmed by his Auntie I may have been tempted to offer some serious cash on a worthless piece of rubbish.
Stories and COA's never, ever count in my book. It's all about the signature, and nothing else. Research, research, research then trust your instinct.
I would be very interested to know how others on this forum would answer the following question:-
Here's the scenario. You're looking for a genuine Connery signature and you've done your homework. You find that last signed shot theweymouth put up of Connery on eBay for a very reasonable opening bid. Would you bid or not?
This reference section is going to go to the dogs if questionable items are to be included. I think that there needs to be a consensus of opinion on photographs of signed items in this section without worrying about hurting peoples feelings. If a new collector cannot get correct guidance here what is the point? Surely I can't be the only one here who thinks that Connery never signed that photograph. Seasoned Bond collector's, where are you?
Last edited by grip (22nd May 2010 11:43)