This month will mark one year since Tony Curtis, the beloved actor, passed away. I decided to post this quick thread after searching through past ones and seeing very little discussed about Tony Curtis' signature. There are a lot of through the mail Tony Curtis signatures on eBay with certificates from both PSA/DNA and JSA. I think it's pretty well known that Tony Curtis' through the mail was secretarial but I'd like to post this for anyone who doesn't know or may be fooled by the PSA or JSA seal of approval.
Tony Curtis Secretarial:
The differences between authentic Tony signatures and this secretarial are very distinctive.
Here's a quick rundown of some differences:
1. Tony Curtis didn't stack his signature. See how the Tony is on top of the Curtis in the secretarial above. That isn't present in authentic examples.
2. Tony Curtis would almost always attach the "y" in Tony to the "C" in Curtis.
3. The "C" in Tony Curtis will almost always have a little loop or attachment at the top. It's most often part of the attachment between the "y" and "C" but it is also present in signatures where there is no attachment.
*4. Tony Curtis' authentic signature was much more varied than this secretarial and more sloppy on average.*
Here are some Tony Curtis signatures we know with absolutely certainty to be real. You can compare them with the secretarial and also the characteristics outlined above:
Now here is some side by side comparison of the secretarial signature versus the authentic Tony Curtis signature. The secretarial version is on the left and the authentic signature is on the right:
Tony Curtis was a very willing signer in-person. He signed right up until the end. He just didn't sign through the mail. Where would he find the time with five wives?
I'd also like to point out that I believe these are secretarial as well. Even though they're not stacked and the Tony does attach to the Curtis. These are just a little bit better. The letters aren't similar to Tony Curtis' authentic signature. Another indicator of authenticity for these is the break between the "r" and the "t" in Curtis. Tony Curtis' authentic signature doesn't have it and the secretarials do.
He definitely was one of the last legends from the glitzy era of Hollywood. I've never been to Spago but I caught him at a book signing for American Prince a few years ago. He just about signed everything in sight and went above and beyond.
I don't think these guys did it with any malice. The Charlton Heston's and Tony Curtis'. It just happens that they can't sign it all.The stacked signatures are secretarial. Also, the image I posted in response to Greg is secretarial I believe, even though it isn't stacked and the Tony is attached to the Curtis. The break between the "r" and "t" in Curtis is an important trait not present in his authentic signature. It is in the stacked secretarials as well which makes me think it was the same signer.