The Authentic Experience
I was watching last week's episode of Pawn Stars and they needed a signature authentication of a Godfather movie script. They suspected a personal note on the inside of the script was from Al Pacino, but were not certain as it was just signed "Al."
So, I brace myself for Drew Max to enter with his giant briefcase and magnifying glass... but lo and behold, John Reznikoff comes strutting in!
What a pleasant surprise.
John did a great job and really appeared to have some expertise -- a stark contrast from the usual autograph "expert."
Did the boys from Las Vegas get wind of Drew Max's less than stellar reputation and replace him with John?
Here's a clip of the Pawn Stars segment on the script:
Regarding using the last name, I presume that was part of the agreement for whatever reason, but only John can answer that.
I also presume that they are given a copy in advance to review and compare exemplars. He's probably seen it well before he walks in the shop for the shoot.
I see we're neighbors! I live in the OC, too.
I haven't seen the episode, but Zippy said the piece was a note signed "Al", so examining the handwriting on the note for Pacino's writing characteristics and signs of forgery would be the most important.
Did they show the letter close enough that viewers could read the writing? If so, it would be fun to compare them. Here are a few examples of Pacino's handwriting, written in person in front of Larry Grobel, who wrote our September 2006 cover story on Al Pacino:
Mike, I think dan is right on the viewership and it is leading the pack on cable with 6.9 million estimated viewers according to a 7/23/11 poll.
|Program||Net||Time||Viewers (000)||18-49 Rating|
|SECRET LIFE/AMERICAN TEEN||FAM||8:00 PM||2898||1.2|
|RIZZOLI & ISLES||TNT||10:00 PM||6040||1.1|
|CLOSER, THE||TNT||9:00 PM||6150||1.1|
|REAL HOUSEWIVES OF NYC||BRVO||10:00 PM||2325||1.1|