B.B. King's autograph has been widely forged for decades. But now that King has released a statement that he's in hospice care, the flood of forgeries is starting to turn into a torrent.
This discussion is to help fans and collectors protect themselves from buying B.B. King forgeries. Post genuine autographs and suspected forgeries and copies, and help others by sharing your knowledge and experience.
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Its beautiful. There have been whole discussions on where to get a guitar signed and it doesn't get much better than this,. No pick guard highly legible, and you can play the guitar without damaging the signature. Spectacular now that consensus indicates it real
I spoke too soon- consensus takes time
Here's the thing...while this certainly has the characteristics of Mr. King's autograph for the most part, there are a couple issues to cause some hesitancy. First is the fact that as Steve stated, it lacks his normal fluidity of his autograph. The "K" and "i" are simply off when compared to his normal signature but that could of course be attested to his signature placement. The line from the "g" appears to be another stroke which is not normally the case but that could just be the photo making it appear that way. The other more important fact is at the top of the guitar is what appears to be his signature that's been removed. It's actually harmed the guitar as it's left the imprint of his former signature. The immediate concern is did a forger practice signing Mr. King's autograph and do a bad job and re-do it below? Without having the guitar in front of me it's too hard to tell. If it's a forgery it's as good as it gets. I'd have to dig into my archives to see how he writes the #s for dates and look more closely at this to give a final decision. The pickguard appears well used so you'll want to ask about buckle wear on the back of the guitar and see what the neck looks like,etc. Either way...if you go for it do so knowing the imperfections should certainly bring the value down.
Just take really good high resolution images of both signatures when you get it and also in the interim ask the seller what they know about the 2 signatures and the provenance. Emailing you now.
I didn't see the ghosting Mike. You're right, that's a real concern. You know BB King far better than I do, so if you're concerned then you're probably right.