Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager's Blog Posts Tagged 'autograph' (7)

Guitar Signed by The Beatles, Rolling Stones and Other Artists in the TCM-Bonhams March 27 Auction

Last I heard, there were no genuine, intact Beatles-signed guitars known. The only one was reportedly destroyed in a Malibu, Calif. landslide about 15 years ago.

RR Auction sold one a Beatles signed guitar around 2010, but the owner had tapped the autographs down with an awl to, um, "preserve them."…


Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on March 8, 2017 at 8:00am — 24 Comments

Arbitrator Rules Against Exclusive Rock and Roll Auction House in Claim Filed by Consignor

Law Firm of Gardner & Rosenberg P.C. Press Release, Sept. 15, 2015:

New York, NY ‐ A New York arbitrator this week slapped a high end Manhattan auction house with a judgment of more than $600,000 on a claim that it cheated a client out of the sale of two unique Michael Jackson items.  The client alleged that Gotta Have Rock and Roll, a rock and roll…


Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on September 15, 2015 at 4:00pm — 22 Comments

Summer Season Sizzles for High-End Dealer Sales


The summer is notoriously slow for autographs, even in good times, so with the recession still in full-bloom, few had high hopes for season sales. But University Archives reports that the high-end…


Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on October 3, 2011 at 1:00pm — 1 Comment

Fraser's 100 Index of Rare Autograph Prices: Do the Numbers Add Up?

Autograph Magazine Live! member Chris "Mak" was gloating on Facebook this morning about what a great investment his autographs have been:

"For all of you who think I am crazy for collecting memorabilia and autographs. They have the best return as of late, second only to gold!"…


Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on April 20, 2011 at 2:30pm — 26 Comments

Judge Throws Out Christopher Morales Expert Testimony—From Small Claims Court

Christopher Morales and the sellers who use him claim that as a "forensic document examiner," his "scientific methods" and exhaustive procedures have earned him "court-approval." They say this makes him far superior to any other kind of autograph authenticator.

Forensic document handwriting analysis generally requires at least 10-15 known handwriting samples, preferably from the time period of the writing being analyzed. The "scientific" part is primarily ink and paper analysis to try…


Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on March 22, 2011 at 1:00pm — 29 Comments

Autograph Authentication Boards: Is it Time?

Authenticity is everything in autographs. Some are satisfied with certification by certain third-party authenticators, and others don't like or use any of them. Many particularly don't like them issuing opinions on autographs they've sold.

The more orderly the marketplace and the safer we make it for collectors, the more the autograph market will grow.

So here's the question:

Is it time for the autograph hobby to set up official expert authentication boards in each…


Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on March 1, 2011 at 3:30pm — 27 Comments

James Cameron on TMZ: Think Again

Sometimes the media jumps on stories without asking enough questions.

Yesterday, Christmas Eve, was one of those days.

The lead video on TMZ's Web site was an airport encounter with a so-called fan and James Cameron. The "fan" had an "Avatar" poster he asked Cameron to sign. Cameron refused and the guy got pushy. Not like an adoring fan asking again for an autograph. Not even like an aggressive professional autograph runner—unless he was the dumbest one in the world.… Continue

Added by Steve Cyrkin, Community Manager on December 25, 2009 at 1:30am — 33 Comments

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