During the last 2 years there has been sold a lot of fake Bono autographs from a seller in UK. First these forgeries came from a seller named “U2SPURSY” and then later a new account popped up, “RUDEGIRL1978” which started to sell the same Bono-forgeries with the exact same style. Both sellers are located in Dunstable, United Kingdom. And IMO both ebay-accounts are administered by the same guy.
This “RUDEGIRL1978” account has since then taken over the sales of most of these forgeries. Probably to “save” his main account with most feedback, in case his fraud gets revealed.
Even though the seller claims the signatures was signed between 2006 and 2017 all of the signatures are very similar. Way too similar than they would be if they were authentic.
The seller appears legit in the listings and writes in every listing where and when the item was supposedly signed. BUT looking at the signatures they look like they have been signed the same day, and NOT in a period of 12!! years . The clear pattern on these forgeries is that most of them are supposed to look like Bono`s “rushed/sloppy” signatures but still looks like they are neatly signed and positioned on the item.
All of these types of signatures comes directly from these 2 accounts or I have been able to trace them back to one of them. Coincident???
Those who are into autograph-collecting and studies a persons signature knows that there are several factors which affects the quality of the signature. It doesn`t take more than a youtube search to see what crazy situations these celebrities are signing in and you can easy understand why a persons signature often can differ so much from a full nice signature to a sloppy line in the worst case. So bear that in mind; how big is the odds for all of these signatures being signed through 12 years, in different so many different situations and still looking so similar?
Here are some examples of authentic bono signatures, signed the same day. still there are variations:
These forgeries are better than the average Bono-forgeries you see on ebay every day. The seller sell them cheaper than they would be worth if they were real and because of that some people actually buy them to resell them thinking they did a bargain. One of them is on ebay right now, purchased by a US seller in his best faith and certed by JSA before put back on ebay to resell.
Sometimes Bono draws sketches/selfportraits for his fans. Not very often but still I have seen several from this seller. Here are some of them compared to authentic ones:
From my impression the “U2SPURSY” seller is a U2 fan. He also sells other U2 stuff and he has also sold a few authentic items. One of them which is for sale now is a signed “Unforgettable Fire” LP which he says he got in person. In my opinion that signature is 100% authentic(even if sloppy).
But the funny thing is that he prices the authentic signed album to £ 129, which is normal value! While he sells a signed photo (fake) from the same ebay-account for only £35.. (see photo). From his other account a signed (fake) WAR album where “Bono” also drew glasses on the “boy” is priced at £65… OBVIOUSLY U2SPURSY knows that an authentic signed album is worth more than a fake and prices it according to that!! But we all know that a fake signature in this case is worth zero.
Another huge red flag is that all of these fake items has ONLY been “signed” by Bono. Everybody who has “followed” U2 and their signing habits knows that when you wait outside the stadium, hotels or even studios to get autographs, it is very likely that also one or maybe 2 of the other bandmembers shows up to sign for the fans. Don`t you think that it is extremely unlikely that absolutely none of these nearly 30 items “signed” between 2006 and 2017 also contains a signature from one of the other bandmembers?
I have added images of those signatures I have kept in my files which are coming from these 2 ebay-accounts. On many of them I have marked them with which year they were supposed to be signed by Bono, according to the seller/forger.
I have also added several images of authentic signatures so forum members can compare and see for themselves, and make up their own opinion.
I really hope this will help collectors from being scammed by this crook in the future…
Signed photos from this seller:
authentic vs fake WAR album 2015: