General Autograph News

French museums swoop on books, letters and manuscripts at the mammoth auction series of the Aristophil collection

on Monday, 25 June 2018. Posted in General Autograph News

French museums swoop on books, letters and manuscripts at the mammoth auction series of the Aristophil collection
French institutions exercised their right of pre-emption on a number of occasions as the gargantuan disposal of the Aristophil collections of historic manuscripts began last week.

THE RISE OF THE ROBOGRAPH SIGNATURE PART TWO!

on Tuesday, 03 April 2018. Posted in General Autograph News, Autograph forgeries

by Garry King

If you have read part one you will now have a basic understanding of how an Autopen machine creates a signature, and if you have studied the John Lennon signature  previously shown you should now be able to see that its not exactly as it should be, in other words it does not look as though its been done by a human hand.

The Saga of Yoko Ono, Her Chauffeur and Lost Lennon Treasures

on Friday, 24 November 2017. Posted in General Autograph News

By MICHAEL WILSON

The Saga of Yoko Ono, Her Chauffeur and Lost Lennon Treasures
The melodrama between Yoko Ono and her chauffeur, playing out in New York City courtrooms and across newspaper headlines 11 years ago, appeared to end with that two-month span of accusations, denials and threats. 

Barack Obama’s Lesson in the Lost Art of the Love Letter

on Saturday, 21 October 2017. Posted in General Autograph News

Barack Obama’s Lesson in the Lost Art of the Love Letter

Barack Obama’s love letters to an ex, revealed this week, are nothing for him to be embarrassed about, but rather a testament to a time we proudly committed our feelings to paper.

Mormon Church Drops $35 Million On Printer’s Manuscript Of The Book Of Mormon

on Monday, 25 September 2017. Posted in General Autograph News

It’s reportedly the highest amount ever paid for a manuscript.

Mormon Church Drops $35 Million On Printer’s Manuscript Of The Book Of Mormon
An early copy of the Book of Mormon is now in the hands of the mainstream Mormon church ― but the church had to part with millions of dollars to acquire it. 

Auction Result Mao Zedong autograph manuscript

on Tuesday, 11 July 2017. Posted in General Autograph News

Auction Result Mao Zedong autograph manuscript
The July English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Manuscripts auction saw exceptional results in all offered categories, the sale achieving a total of £2,673,290. 

The Love Letters of Manly Men

on Saturday, 25 March 2017. Posted in General Autograph News

By KATE MURPHY

The Love Letters of Manly Men
Flowers, trinkets, borrowed sweaters and other reminders of our romantic past may get tossed out. But love letters, for those lucky enough to receive them, are different. They are more likely tucked in a wallet or safeguarded in a box under the bed.

Booksellers Consider Constraints of New California Autograph Law; Others Push for Repeal

on Friday, 13 January 2017. Posted in General Autograph News

BY BARBARA BASBANES RICHTER

Booksellers Consider Constraints of New California Autograph Law; Others Push for Repeal
On the first of the year, AB-1570 Collectibles: Sale of Autographed Memorabilia went into effect in the state of California, requiring all dealers of any autographed material worth more than five dollars to fill out a certificate of authenticity (COA) specifying date of sale, the dealer’s name and street address, and the name and address of the person from whom the autographed item was acquired if the item was not signed in the presence of a dealer. While AB 1570’s goals are to prevent the distribution of forged autographs, many booksellers feel they’ve been swept up by a vague law with onerous requirements and that portions constitute an invasion of privacy, citing possible violations of California’s Reader Privacy Act of 2011.

Stolen Christopher Columbus Letter Returned to Vatican, But Mystery Persists

on Tuesday, 19 June 2018. Posted in General Autograph News

Stolen Christopher Columbus Letter Returned to Vatican, But Mystery Persists

The letter, which had been printed in 1493, was replaced with a convincing fake—and investigators still don’t know who committed the crime

THE RISE OF THE ROBOGRAPH SIGNATURE, PART ONE!

on Tuesday, 03 April 2018. Posted in General Autograph News, Autograph forgeries

by Garry King

THE RISE OF THE ROBOGRAPH SIGNATURE, PART ONE!
"Robographs"  (a name i have coined for want of something better) are autographs created by a robot machine.  These are now becoming the scourge of the autograph world, and are becoming increasingly difficult to spot as the forgers get more proficient. These are even now fooling some good dealers and auction houses, so beware!

Einstein's Note On Happiness, Given To Bellboy In 1922, Fetches $1.6 Million

on Wednesday, 25 October 2017. Posted in General Autograph News

Einstein's Note On Happiness, Given To Bellboy In 1922, Fetches $1.6 Million
The year 1922 was a busy one for Albert Einstein: He completed his first paper on unified field theory, went to Paris to help normalize French-German relations and joined an intellectuals committee at the League of Nations.

Hepburn’s ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Script Sold at Auction

on Friday, 29 September 2017. Posted in General Autograph News

By Brecken Branstrator

Hepburn’s ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s’ Script Sold at Auction

London--Wearing a black dress and a pearl necklace, Holly Golightly strolls up to the windows of renowned retailer Tiffany & Co. on Fifth Avenue in the iconic opening of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

Now, the jeweler has bought a part of that history. 

This is why you will never get an autograph from your favourite royals

on Monday, 14 August 2017. Posted in General Autograph News

by FRANCESCA WALLACE

This is why you will never get an autograph from your favourite royals

Royal rules to know. 

Sometimes they’re confusing, sometimes they make total sense, and other times we get a little confused.
Welcome to the world of royals. 

Autograph law in California highlights government failure

on Monday, 22 May 2017. Posted in General Autograph News

by The Oklahoman Editorial Board

THERE'S a reason so many citizens are skeptical of politicians' promises that government can solve societal woes. Even when politicians try to address simple problems, their “solutions” can prove both ineffective and counterproductive.

Jacqueline Kennedy’s marriage proposal letters to sell

on Thursday, 16 February 2017. Posted in General Autograph News

Jacqueline Kennedy’s previously unseen letters to British diplomat David Ormsby Gore turning down his marriage proposal will be offered at Bonhams later this month.
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