Typically atypical for this period. Not for me, but genuine. Bowie was extremely busy in 1995-1997/98 and his signatures vary from a full beautiful signature with both apostrophes to the unusual abbreviated IP, from angular to oddly smooth and bubbly and with the occasional extra loop like a 1991 - and much in between. Who is selling it where and for how much?
It’s on ebay , from a seller in Slovenia. Starting bid 250.00
I am going to advise a measure of caution. My spidey-sense is weak, but working. Recheck with Andy and MarkG. Only $250 opening for signed vinyl single when even a more common ISOLAR card goes for considerably more ($485?); coming from Slovenia, no returns (FWIW) and free shipping. It could just be I do not like this graph and its presentation. Odd angle, odd placement, odd paraph, single apostrophe (OK in this context), atypical "B" in several ways with the not-unknown extra loop...sorry I can't help more - caution is always a good idea.
One other thing that is important. MarkG and I both contribute to davidbowieautograph.com and I know I have not seen this in hand, I don't think Mark has and I don't know if Andy has. But nothing can replace an in hand examination. Something to bear in mind.
I know it is at Andy's wonderful site - I did read the auction. Many of my own are there as exemplars. I know this 45 is in Marks exemplar file as of 1.2 years ago because he shared it with me. In general, just because something is on a website it is not automatically real. Look at the "Facts" for Gleason - half secretarial/forgery in my opinion. In this case, I was pointing out that I have not seen this in hand, and that the others probably have not. I also noted its oddities - such things can raise eyebrows and keep prices lower. 1997 is also among the most common years with much variation which may also have some impact. I said it was "typically atypical but genuinel" and then advised caution (always a good idea to me) - I never said it wan't authentic - just unusual. You just called it "ugly" so I believe you see my point.
Sorry Eric I didnt mean to piss you off! i must have misread your post. I wasnt suggesting that just because it's on a website it automatically means it's real. Of course Andy's site is the internet go to when it comes to Bowie's autographs and I know you have contributed a lot to it. Those of us that are non-experts refer to it constantly to help identify new finds. I agree with all your points. I have seen a few examples of this rushed bent to the right kinda style and although not very pretty it's a good one to go after if you're on a budget
Agree with Eric here. It is ugly and atypical but I personally totally believe it is genuine. This is confirmed by the date numerals too. I believe its value to be about $400 US.
The numerals are definitely a give away. I've been studying Bowie's autograph for two years now but wouldnt know a thing if it wasnt for you and Eric and Andy's website! This wouldnt be one to get if a buyer wanted one Bowie for their collection. But i think it's a cool one to add to a Bowie collection
+1 re numerals. You did not P### me off VonHammer - :) I am very pleased to try and help you and anyone else. Tone and such is rather hard to convey/read in online chats so don't worry there - either of us. And I am under stress as well. Likely my fault. Sorry. No problems here my friend :)
I'm sorry to hear you're having a rough time of it at the moment. That sucks and I hope things resolve themselves asap. You're so right when it comes to trying to interpret tone of messages. Always a tough one. I truly appreciate our online friendship and again I hope things get better for you soon