Hi All,

I just joined your group and was wondering if anyone has information I could obtain in regards to lawsuits against American Royal Arts. I reside in Florida and purchased three pieces (signed Beatles items) in 2007. Are all pieces sold in that year forged? I paid $2,000 each and after reading about ARA & Morales, I'm now sick to my stomach. Any info would be appreciated.

 

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Comment by EjsWurhl on February 21, 2012 at 7:22pm

Denise, you are in the right place.  The members here can help you out tremendously. ARA is a hot topic here and I think you will learn the truth quickly.

Comment by Steve Cyrkin Community Mgr. on February 21, 2012 at 7:40pm

Denise,

Welcome. We'll be glad to help you. To be frank, we have never seen a genuine Beatles autograph from ARA, but there's always the first time. The autographs will speak for themselves. Please either upload your pieces to this page or email them to me at editor@autographmagazine.com and I'll size them for best viewing and upload them to your blog. We can have an answer and advise for you tonight.

Comment by Mike B. on February 21, 2012 at 8:10pm
Denise - I submitted a post almost identical to yours last week. I'm into ARA for a little over 11k. I sought help here as well. I found their board after reading several online articles referencing Jerry Gladstone and his ARA scams. Steve has been extremely helpful. I've already made a few steps in trying to recover my money but its going to be a battle. Do not lose hope.....it appears that there are many of us out there. The more noise we make about this the better. This guy thinks he can hide behind his lawyers and we'll just write this whole thing off. I for one have zero intention of letting this slide. I sincerely hope your albums are legit....but if they're not....I hope you're willing to fight.

Mike
Comment by Rick Garceau on February 22, 2012 at 7:45pm
Denise, I purchased $80,000 worth of forgeries from ARA in 2006 & 2007. Although i cant help you with authentication questions, I would like to help you in any way I can,and would be interested in talking to you. Steve and the members of this site are great people to help with the authentication issues and other questions you may have. You've come to the right place. Please post your pictures.
Comment by Christopher Williams on February 23, 2012 at 3:58pm
I don't mean to jump off-track here, but once again I have to ask all of the buyers of ARA items "What convinced or persuaded you to make those purchases? Thank you.
Comment by Mike B. on February 23, 2012 at 4:53pm
They seemed legit. I checked with the BBB, read several "reviews", saw their spot on CNBC, bought into Christopher Morales' "expertise". I mean they appeared, at least to me & I assume other average consumers (I mean I'm clearly not alone on this one) to be by all measures a credible business. I took a leap of faith and ended up at the bottom of a ravine....with many, many others.

Mike
Comment by Christopher Williams on February 23, 2012 at 5:13pm
I appreciate your honesty, Mike. I'll never understand anyone spending that much money on something without doing some research.
Comment by EjsWurhl on February 23, 2012 at 5:27pm

Rick, $80,000???  I now have a lump in my throat.  I am sorry to hear that.

Comment by EjsWurhl on February 23, 2012 at 5:30pm

Mike, don't beat yourself up.  I have read Morales bio and it is impressive.  How were you supposed to know?

Comment by Christopher Williams on February 23, 2012 at 5:37pm
I hope all of you people somehow get your money back. And it is very sad and I don't want anyone beating themselves up. For the decade or so that I've been investigating forgeries and sellers of forgeries, I have been trying to get into the minds of those that buy this stuff.

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