I don't know if this has been covered explicitly as a blog topic...but I thought I would roll it out and seek some thoughts and opinions.
What does it ultimately take for you to be comfortable with a particular autograph if you encounter divergent opinions on it?
I've been thinking on this a bit for some time. Quite awhile ago, I purchased a signed item from a person who had had it in their possession for about 20 years. It was a classic film star autograph and not much was know about it's provenance as it had been a gift for the person I bought it from two decades before. When I submitted it for a QUICK OPINION with one of the third party authenticators, it was deemed "unlikely to be authentic". I also put it up here on AUTOGRAPH LIVE under the "Is This Autograph Real" section. I received a mixed bag of feedback. A couple of folks seemed to agree with the QUICK OPINION.....a couple also thought it looked to have possibilities of being real. I also sent a scan to a collector/dealer friend. He thought it was real based upon his filed exemplars.
So, there it is...a mixed bag of opinions. Myself, I first thought it was real...then began to have doubts with the tpa QUICK OPINION and some feedback here (grateful for it of course, both "yeah" and "nay"). Today I am pretty certain it is real....kind of an interior "spidey sense".
How do you guys navigate that kind of experience? Do you trust a particular tpa verdict above all? What happens when fellow collectors have some different opinions on it..do you begin to have a sinking feeling? Does a seasoned dealer's thoughts give you strong assurance? Does it ultimately come down to what you believe about it's authenticity even with mixed opinions?
Thanks in advance for your consideration of this. I look forward to hearing back on it and any experiences.