At Steve Cyrkin's invitation, I'd like to call your attention to a signature study I've posted on my blog, Charlton Heston signature study by Steve Zarelli.

I believe I have identified the "tell" in Charlton Heston secretarial signatures, and if I am correct, the news is not good for most collectors. It appears that most  Heston signed photos are secretarially signed.


Here is a synopsis:

The Theory
Photographs and other memorabilia sent to Mr. Heston's office were signed by a secretary. However, Mr. Heston did authentically sign books through-the-mail.  

Real vs. Secretary
In authentic signatures, the R in "Charlton" is distinctly a lowercase "r" and less than half the height of the L. The first four letters are clearly "Char."

In secretarial signatures, the R looks much more like a lowercase "l" and is about the same height as the L. So, the first four letters appear to be "Chall."

I have attached two images to give you a small sampling.  

For more details and images, please visit my blog at the link below.

I'd love to hear your feedback and thoughts on this. I fully anticipate some resistance to the theory, because denial is always the first step. In fact, I would love to be proved wrong, because that would mean I wasn't sitting on a bunch of secretary signed photos!

By way of introduction, I have been collecting since the early 90s and I am the UACC Ethics Director.

I look forward to the discussion.

The Collecting Obsession


Steve Zarelli


Tags: Charlton, Forgery, Heston, Secretary, authenticating, autograph, secretarial

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damn, does you guys on here do not click on links I posted already....... ;-)



haha :-) I like your sense of humor DB

There are tons of authentic Stewarts out there, but I'll bet you're right, that there are no secretarials. But there are a lot of forgeries and it would be nice to identify them for collectors, too.

Good Stuff - the wave is growing.  Hat's off to the "Zipper" and especially Rolf who got the ball rolling...  Sometimes one's work takes time to engrain.


Zipper, Rolf...great work!

And a big thumbs-up to JSA and all the others responding to the findings.

Nice to see, but why the hell those "authenticators" do not have done her homework in recent years........they do nothing else than authenticate, I do spent most of my time selling stuff, do you see the difference.......


This shows how important it is to buy from a reputable seller with a lifetime money-back guarantee of authenticity. Third party authenticators do not guarantee authenticity.

Interestingly, I've heard rumors that an authentication company may be coming online that does guarantee authenticity at the value submitted. They charge a percentage of the submitted value. If that happens, I assume that other existing authenticators will follow suit and offer a guarantee as an option.

17 pages of comments in a day—and people aren't screaming at each other!

This is the kind of stuff that makes learning about autographs so much fun.

haha, Steve, you know for sure that the screaming has started but are going on in the background  ;-) LOLZ

Anyone want to offer their opinions and expertise on this Elvis letter?


I don't like the mixed-up in this thread, this thread should only talk about Heston !



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