It's happened more times working with experts than I can count. It goes like this:
I understand why we don't want the forgers to get better. But I think there's nothing more important than making it as easy as possible for collectors to detect potential fakes themselves.
These "secret tells" will help collectors avoid buying forgeries in the first place, and give them a better chance of getting their money back if they've been cheated. And just as important, it will help identify the criminals forging and knowingly selling and authenticating forgeries.
The more victims, suspects and evidence we can gather for law enforcement; the better the chances of getting these criminals arrested, out of the hobby—and into a different line of work when they're out of prison. The timing is right—the authorities are listening more than ever.
So what do you think?
Thanks - thats what I tried to do
I have been giving this a lot of thought. These forgers have no conscience/morals & operate on the "I'll do it as long as I can get away with it" philosophy, just as ordinary criminals do. And they are are criminals, just like any common burglar or robber. I have no reason to believe they will not incorporate these secrets into their own methodology when handed the secrets on a silver platter. Their stupidity & ignorance is the only way they can be exposed. If we give them the tools to overcome that, then where are we?? We are up that famous stinky creek with no paddles!
If you are going to spend big bucks on a signature, you are well advised to become an expert on that person's signature BEFORE you plunk down your money. This takes minimally a year of successful searching for many unquestionably genuine signature examples and obviously more time makes you better prepared & knowledgeable. You can, of course, consult with someone who is an expert in the area you seek, but then you may always have that tiny doubt in the back of your mind for that $500 signature you purchased.
That is my take on this issue. Arm ourselves, not the criminals. This echoes the gun control issue. Disarm ourselves while the criminals are armed?? The inevitable result is disaster for honest citizens.