I can respect what you are saying Jim because you did say "you think" they are not real. MAybe they are not. I am not a Beatles expert. I looked at some Lennon examples from google and I saw similarities as well as differences in spots. But I have that in my own signature sometimes.
I got a Lebron James autograph on a8X10 in person that he signed with a scribble it looks nothing like any upper deck signature anyone has seen before. It is just a... squiggly line. I sent it to PSA and they failed it. Even though I saw it signed I couldn't get a COA. And they are supposed to be experts. So just because PSA says its not legit does that not mean Lebron didnt put a squiggly line on my photo?? No it doesn't. So I just hate when people try to definitively say something is fake when really they should be saying "I think it is fake"
Here's a link to a discussion containing four clearly genuine Lennon signed and inscribed pieces you can compare the Lennon in this discussion to. They were signed in 1976, and the one in this discussion is more mid '60s style (but not a good attempt in my opinion), but compare the handwriting. The one here is very different.
I posted the wrong link for the reply above, sorry. Corrected now.
I am sorry, but they are not authentic autographs.
With this hobby even the so called experts get fooled, This Lennon is as bad as they come and is being sold and authenticated by Stephen Koschal, by a man that has dealt in autographs for 45+ years.
I was actually at the live auction where the Lennon was sold. This was in the days before the internet - at least for provincial auction houses in the UK. With only tiny and/or murky book and auction catalogue illustrations to compare to, you were really flying by the seat of your pants in those days.
I was tempted by the Lennon (which went for £560 before Buyers Premium) but there were other Beatles autographs on sale that day and I plumped for a signed Abbey Road (don't laugh). The signatures looked OK to me but now they seem suspiciously "clean" and uniform for a signed album from this time. The price also seems to have been a little too low, though not extraordinarily so for that time (£1,700 before BP).
At a different auction at the same auction house I bought a signed Beatles photo which many experts have declared "not real". That doesn't exactly inspire confidence in the Abbey Road, though I did buy many "good" autographs at that auction house and they were autograph specialists (or at least they sold hundreds of autographs at each auction and retained an autograph specialist to vet lots (he now runs his own specialist autograph auction house).
I have some sympathy with Rob's points. My Beatles photo was torn to pieces when it was on eBay. At the time I felt that I was being got at by some kind of industry mafia, where a few experts controlled the market and would be quick to snuff out any new entrants. Having found this site I realise that most, if not all, the people who were e-mailing me were genuinely trying to protect others rather than their own interests but nobody likes to be told that they have blown £1,000 on something that is essentially worthless.
What would be interesting would be to have some background on the people who opine most on Beatles autographs on this site. Some names come up again and again but apart from a few notable exceptions (Roger, Beatleworld etc.) I have no idea what their qualifications are (dealer, long-time collector etc.).
We could also have a more philosphical debate as to whether a hobby that is so dependent on opinions is really a safe one to be in. Maybe a good subject for a separate and more general thread.
A nice and useful post Pug.
I think most people on this site, or ones I have dealt with are genuine and are out to help others.
Alot of these experts wont have any qualification, just years of looking at Beatles autographs.
Another thing, if people like Tracks or Roger Epperson say its not real...it really doesnt matter if it is or isnt as no-one else would ever touch the item again (unless they to are experts).
Your best bet is to study autograhps and hopefully get a better understanding of what to look for. I am no expert, but some autographs you can tell are fine with one look...others I normally get a second opinion from friends on this forum.
Good eye Mark, its virtually identical.