As we all Know, The Cannes film festival is the biggest Grandest Global event concerning top movie celebrities.
Professionals would agree that at least 80% are forgeries.
That means that 8 out of 10 buyers / members of the public are purchasing worthless items.
The auction companies are raking in millions from autograph sales, so they have little interest in attempting to solve the problem. Forgerys are such an epidemic that they threaten the integrity of the whole hobby for us and future generations.
Ebay and other Internet Auctions has become a phenomenon with around 15000 autographed items for sale everyday. These consist of 5000 supposedly certified, 2000 uncertified and 5000 preprints. 80 % at least of these are fake.
Everyday to give popular current artist examples there are around 250 Robbie Williams / 250 Madonna / 500 Harry potter / 500 Lord of the Rings; almost all are fake it is really hard to find a genuine one!
Everyday I am contacted by someone who has bought “a bargain” Bob Marley for £50 / Kurt Cobain for £20 / Led Zeppelin for £50 / Jimi Hendrix for £50 / Pink Floyd for £20 to give just a few examples.
Many of these are bought from the USA with supposed DNA certification. The best indication of a fake is always the price; the above are all around 1/20th of the price of a real one. Inexperienced buyers must realise there are now very few bargains about as all the professional dealers and collectors are watching.
“If it seems too cheap there is an obvious reason why”
Stick to the following rules as a guide:
Certificates of Authenticity. Read our section on this.
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