On September 9, 2011 the Pawn Stars reality show aired a segment in which they were offered a Bram Stoker signed "Dracula" book.
Corey (the same guy that purchased that ridiculously-funny Lou Gehrig signed jersey) was excited about purchasing the "Dracula" book signed by the author himself, Bram Stoker.
So Corey calls in "his buddy" Drew Max, Forensic Document Examiner, to examine the Bram Stoker signature. Mr. Max pulls out his Hubble-sized magnifying glass and begins to examine the signature of Bram Stoker. Below is the Bram Stoker signature from the show.
The overall spacing of the entire signature is way off and it is very slowly drawn.
The biggest red flag is the brown-colored ink. This, in my opinion, should have brought up a red flag immediately to Mr. Max and his "forensic curiosity." Brown ink is used to emulate "aged ink." Also, the angle of the "S" in "Stoker" is too vertical.
A quick review. How is it possible that Drew Max, with his Hubble-sized magnifying glass, did not notice the shaky "B," the overall totally wrong spacing of the letters and the brown ink?
In my opinion, the Bram Stoker signed "Dracula" book sold on the Pawn Stars reality show is not authentic.
And one more point. Mr. Drew Max commented that the value of the Bram Stoker signed "Dracula" book is valued at between $4,000 and $5,000. From what I understand an authentic Bram Stoker signed "Dracula" book is valued at a minimum of $15.000 plus.
[Steve Cyrkin: Here's a side-by-side comparison of the Pawn Stars Bram Stoker and the Heritage Auction one uploaded below from February 2006:]