I've been checking out Eric Clapton signatures as it is one that I'd like to add to my collection. In the middle of looking through ebay I stumbled across this, which I immediately recognized.
As you can see the listing says.
All Autographs Photo are REPRINTED with glossy 8x10 paper. The autographs are 100% Authentic, They've just been reprinted from my original Autographed Photo,
What makes me most nervous is he says MY original autographed photo. The reason this makes me nervous is because Roger Epperson is selling the original photo on his website is still for sale.
I sent this message to the seller:
I don't know where he is or what happened. I remember he was hellbent on trying to prove an autograph of Cobain he had was not only authentic but the rarest in the hobby. He said he studied the signature for 86 hours!
I think Wascher started taking boxing lessons because of it.
Great point well done, theres a guy in the UK on e bay foxriver who sells copies of auction items he simply buys the catalogues or downloads images from the sites Christies,Bonhams etc and sells copies on e bay ,it has to devalue the original i wouldnt pay big bucks for an original if it was widely copied even worse i wouldnt be pleased if i saw something of mine copied on e bay for a couple of quid after i just paid a lot for it ,perhaps the auction sites should wise up to it and watermark/sample the pictures im sure it would be beneficial
its also about time they wised up to watermarking rare photos most put up high res images that can be downloaded for free that has to down value the original.. everyone makes copies
He also copies items from other listings and I agree Watermarking is the only way
Yeah, I also think watermarking...even if it is so small that the thief wouldn't notice the distortion would work to a degree. It isn't enough that people forge autographs to almost perfection--to make you 2nd guess TPA (unless you witness the signature first hand.) They also have to make copies! This REALLY makes me appreciate a site like this.
a classic example now on RR auction a signed elvis snapshot as the seller why would you allow them to put that up in high res without a watermark especially if its their job to get the maximum price possible