Hello everyone, this morning I found a pretty interesting forgery on ebay and since its pretty well done (and someone bid on it already), I thought it would be wise to call him out.

What makes this listing interesting is the fact that you will get not only a signed promo photo, but there is also a proof picture of MJ with a kid holding the autograph:

I often look for signed photos online and when I saw this one I had a weird feeling. Some weeks ago I found another signed promo photo, this time from the BAD era and the style on that one was identical to this one, take a look:

When I realized there was something off I had to investigate a little more about the event during which the seller claims the picture was signed. I found another picture from the same event and in that one Michael had his curls falling on his right side of the face. This is relevant because in the photo you can see in the ebay listing the curls fall on his left side: 

so finally after some digging I managed to find the original, non photoshopped, picture of Michael and the kid holding the photo. The quality is not great, but you can clearly tell the autograph the guy is selling is not the one the kid is holding. I can't tell if the promo photo the kid is holding is signed or not, but what I can tell for sure is that the autograph offered on ebay is not there: 

So what I believe happened is this: the seller flipped and photoshopped the original photo. The picture seen in the listing is the exact photo you can see above, the weird thing is that the seller also photoshopped the shirt, because otherwise the Capone writing would have been backwards. Here is a side by side comparison, I flipped the photo listed on ebay to prove that its the exact same photo.  

Tags: Jackson, Michael, ebay, forgery, on, photoshopped

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That’s what I was thinking too honestly 

That and just to try and throw off folks with a visual memory. Many collectors have sharp eyes for patterns and images (Iike you!).

Outstanding work, gmesiano!!  Thanks for looking out for your fellow collectors.

Thank you!! 

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