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Following are items which have been offered on eBay and which I would not spend my money on.  I am not saying that these are forgeries.  I am saying that they are not consistent with authenticated examples of the signatures in question and/or their sellers exhibit behaviors which I would not want in someone I am buying from.  As such, I would be uncomfortable having these items in my collection and I would also expect to have a hard time reselling them, should I ever decide to do so.


J. K. Rowling



Close - but not quite right.  I actually bought this when I was a novice at collecting.  The seller was as sweet as could be.  However, over the years I've seen her sell a lot of questionable signatures, so you have to wonder.  I removed this page from the book, destroyed it, and donated the book to a children's charity.


This one is very close to J.K. Rowling's early signature.  However, it looks a like it may have been written slowly, perhaps copied.  The "K" to "R" line looks a little flat as well.  I would pass this one just on principle.




The signatures in the four photos above are very close to that of JKR.  However, the seller has a seemingly inexhaustible supply of signed books, which should always be a cause for caution.  Only book stores should carry that much stock.  Another warning sign is that all the signatures look very similar.  There would usually be some differentiation among such a large number of signatures.




Here's another seller who has a huge supply of signed books, postcards, and video tapes.  However, over the years the story of how he/she came across such bounty has changed.  Once again, there is not much variance in the signtaures, which I find a bit suspicious.  Also, the final clue for me is that the 4th photo shows a signature in an UNAUTHORIZED biography.  JKR has said she would never sign such an book.




Once again, the four signatures pictured above are very similar to each other and the seller has a seemingly limitless amount of books and bookplates.  The bookplate was commonly available (blank) in promo packages that were released with the UK Order of the Phoenix.  The moral to this story is that if you are planning to purchase a signed book, it pays to watch the market and your sellers before you purchase. 




The two photos above show signatures which were provided by one of the shadiest sellers ever to grace eBay.  He sold thousands of later-print books with these signatures in them.  The "o" in "Rowling" almost always ends up over the Bloomsbury logo.  That alone is a warning sign; JKR generally signs on white space only.  Now some of the original buyers are reselling these books, so they will be coming from a lot of different seller IDs.


















Be very wary of the signatures to the left if you are looking for signed U.S. books.  This seller has way too many of these and they are later-printing books.  JKR has only been to the USA once since these particular books were printed and she surely didn't have time to sign hundreds of books.   The signature itself does not meet the general characteristics of her signature.  It is greatly exaggerated.  Lots of these sets have sold for several hundred dollars.






These three books were all listed by the same seller under different names.  The enlarged "JK" found in two of the photos obviously feature the same handwriting.  This seller changes his/her eBay ID every few months.  Generally, I would not buy from someone who conducted business in that manner, no matter their feedback rating.







Finally, these two items are examples of items with preprinted or copied signatures.  On the left is the inside cover of the UK Collector's edition Audio CD.  This page is preprinted in silver, but can be mistaken for a hand-signed page.  On the right is one of the copies offered occasionally by an eBay seller.  This thick, pretty signature turns up on Phoenix and Bloomsbury bookplates and is label a "facsimile" in his listings. 











All the signatures above seem off to me.  The really suspicious one is that of J.K. Rowling.  Not only does it not look like her signature, but it would be very rare indeed for her signature to appear on a cast-signed item.  The opportunities for such a signing are very limited.



The above signature was listed as that of Maggie Smith.  Need I say more?







The signatures to the left appeared in a copy of Order of the Phoenix.  What bothers me about this one is that it features "young" signatures.  They also have shadows around them which make it look like the paper has been pressed on very hard, as if someone was tracing the signatures.


The six photos above all come from the sale seller and were offered over a span of only a few weeks on eBay.  Although the seller lives in the USA, she claims to have "contacts" in the UK.  Once again, both the quality and quality of signatures bother me.  I have never seen an authenticated Emma Watson autograph which was signed as only "Emma", yet this seller features dozens of them.  Additionally, the seller keeps bidders' identities private, which is another possible warning flag.




(Dan apparently misspelled his last name on this card.  Must be all those long, hard days on the set?)









The two posters in these three photos were sold for more than one thousand dollars each on eBay a few years ago.   Not only would I never pay that for any poster, but I would have to have a closer look at these.  The signatures look right.  However, the number of signatures and inscriptions plus the diversity of ink color would leave me suspecting it to be a preprint.  It is very hard to get a so many cast signatures, plus that of JKR, without damaging something as delicate as a poster.  Additionally, a dozen or so pens would have had to accompany this as it traveled around.  In the first photo, you can see that it looks like it might actually fail the luster test.  I am not saying these ARE preprints, just that I would have to check it carefully before buying it.

Scripts are copyrighted by Warner Brothers.  Cast do not them and neither does J.K. Rowling.  Never spend money on them!  Additionally, it looks like "Robbie Coltrane" misspelled his name.




To me, these signatures all look like the same person wrote them .

It looks like Rupert misspelled his name and had to fix it.  Always double check the spelling.  I have seen many names misspelled.  Also check dates.  I once saw Richard Harris' signature on a book which was published years after he died.

I would have to check these signatures to see if they are preprinted on the photo.  Dan's signature is a bit too old for this photo, and he doesn't usually include an inscription.





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