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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I've been fortunate enough to have met B.B. King countless times over the past decade plus. I'll share some videos and some in-person signatures as well. He was incredibly generous towards the end of the 90's early 2000s but as the years went on and his health diminished so did his willingness to sign. Through all the years and encounters I don't remember once him asking if we were going to be selling any of these signatures. He always had a large entourage and there seemed to always at least be one who was not really nice to collectors however that never used to matter as B.B. was in charge back then and seemed to recognize this as part of his being a legend. As you'll see in the videos there was a time you could basically hold your own private signing with him in a hotel lobby or on hour tour bus step. The only 'rule' he'd try to enforce was that if it was going to be a guitar to be signed it would have to be a Gibson. Of course, like any rule he'd make exceptions but not often. I always respected that rule and always admired the work ethic this man had. If you research how many tour stops he's done over the past decade you'll see what I mean. He was a touring machine. Over the past few years it's been a complete 180 from the man I knew as well as those that surrounded him. I remember waiting in the rain by the back stage entrance at the Oakdale Theater in Wallingford in the early 2000s and one of his merch guys came up and handed me a backstage pass. He knew B.B. wasn't going to be coming out in the rain that night and so he took care of the 2 of us waiting there. He's basically 'handled' now by his entourage and reports in the news are coming out about them possibly abusing this power they have taken. I know the last few times I went for him I walked away empty handed despite having some truly amazing and unique pieces for him to sign. The entourage was horrible. In the end, it's been an incredible run with the man. I still have some amazing collectibles for sale which buyers will likely see double in value. His signature is pure and reminiscent of a time when celebrities took pride in their autograph.
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