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Isitreal.com Autograph competition Autographica 2005

Written by Rolf Ramseier on Tuesday, 01 November 2005. Posted in isitreal

written by Rolf Ramseier

The Winners

The Prizes The Winners correct answers
1. Pablo Picasso signed postcard John Marshal, Woodley,UK 21
2. Fidel Castro signed document  Simon Bunyan, Worle, UK 20
3. Apollo/Soyuz cover's signed by all 5 Richard McConnell, Wickford, UK 20
4. Michael and Ralf Schumacher signed photo Louise Boston, London, UK 20
5. Tom Cruise signed photo Mike Druby, Ruislip, UK 20
6. Halle Berry signed photo Dexter Ingrin, Washington, USA 19
7. Britt Ekland and Mark Lawrence signed photo David Kay, Elstree, UK 19
8. Olga Korbut signed photo Alan Brown, Leigh-on-Sea, UK 19
9. Stirling Moss signed photo  Stuart Usmer, Enfiela, UK 19
10. Claudia Schiffer signed photo  James Dean, Windlesham, UK 19

We will offer another Claudia Schiffer signed photograph for place 11 to Ryland Smith, Beddan, UK who is the 6th with 19 correct answers as we think he has done also a great job together with all the other winners.

Our best wishes to all the winners and thanks to all who attended the Isitreal competition and our tables ! We hope you all had as much fun as ourselves at Autographica 2005 !

Statistics for the 11 competition winners with 19-21 correct answers :

name of autograph question no. answer A answer B answer C no answer
Mary Pickford 1 2 6 3 -
Laurence Olivier 2 9 1 1 -
Clint Eastwood 3 1 10 - -
Brigitte Bardot 4 10 1 - -
Claudia Cardinale 5 - 3 8 -
Marilyn Monroe 6 - 2 9 -
Anthony Quinn 7 - 11 n.a. -
Mel Gibson 8 7 4 n.a. -
Robert De Niro 9 - 11 n.a. -
Al Pacino 10 9 2 n.a. -
Bob Marley 11 9 1 n.a. 1
Madonna 12 - 8 3 -
Elvis Presley 13 5 6 n.a. -
Ray Charles 14 - 2 9 -
Billy Joel 15 9 2 n.a. -
Wernher von Braun 16 1 10 - -
Michael Collins 17 10 1 n.a. -
Jackie Stewart 18 10 1 n.a. -
Ayrton Senna 19 3 8 n.a. -
Emerson Fittipaldi 20 4 7 n.a. -
Margaret Thatcher 21 3 8 n.a. -
Anwar Al-Sadat 22 - - 11 -
Bill Clinton 23 8 3 n.a. -
Kofi Annan 24 3 1 7 -
Adolf Hitler 25 - 2 9 -

Statistics for all 60 competition participants with 9-18 correct answers :

name of autograph question no. answer A answer B answer C no answer
Mary Pickford 1 12 38 10 -
Laurence Olivier 2 46 12 2 -
Clint Eastwood 3 10 32 17 1
Brigitte Bardot 4 38 14 8 -
Claudia Cardinale 5 9 17 34 -
Marilyn Monroe 6 7 19 34 -
Anthony Quinn 7 14 45 n.a. 1
Mel Gibson 8 31 28 n.a. 1
Robert De Niro 9 14 46 n.a. -
Al Pacino 10 43 16 n.a. 1
Bob Marley 11 48 11 n.a. 1
Madonna 12 7 35 18 -
Elvis Presley 13 32 26 n.a. 2
Ray Charles 14 12 17 31 -
Billy Joel 15 38 20 n.a. 2
Wernher von Braun 16 19 36 5 -
Michael Collins 17 47 13 n.a. -
Jackie Stewart 18 42 18 n.a. -
Ayrton Senna 19 23 37 n.a. -
Emerson Fittipaldi 20 36 24 n.a. -
Margaret Thatcher 21 23 36 n.a. 1
Anwar Al-Sadat 22 11 4 44 1
Bill Clinton 23 31 28 n.a. 1
Kofi Annan 24 25 3 32 -
Adolf Hitler 25 10 16 34 -

The competition

Question 1 - Mary Pickford

 pickford mary_001Apickford mary_001B_1pickford mary_001C

1B is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/pickford-mary

Question 2 - Laurence Olivier

laurence oliver 002Alaurence olivier 002Blaurence olivier 002C

2B is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/olivier-laurence

Question 3 - Clint Eastwood

eastwood clint 003Aeastwood clint 003Beastwood clint 003C

1B is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/eastwood-clint

Question 4 - Brigitte Bardot

bardot brigitte 004Abardot brigitte 004Bbardot brigitte 004C

4A is the right answer, this photograph was sold in the late 1990's by a large US distributor of only forged autographs. 4B is a by mail signature and 4C has been obtained In Person in Saint Laurent du Var/France in June 2002. Miss Bardot has confirmed signing about 500-600 autographs a week.

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/bardot-brigitte

www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/bardot-brigitte-confirming-signing-about-500-600-autographs-a-week

Question 5 - Claudia Cardinale

 Cardinale Claudia 005Acardinale Claudia 005Bcardinale Claudia 005C

5C is the right answer, this photograph was sold in the late 1990's by a large US distributor of only forged autographs. 5A is a early/mid 1990's by mail signature and 5B has been obtained In Person in Paris/France in December 2004.

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/cardinale-claudia

Question 6 - Marilyn Monroe

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6C is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/monroe-marilyn

Question 7 - Anthony Quinn

Quinn Anthony 007AQuinn Anthony 007B

7B is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/quinn-anthony

www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/quinn-anthony-2

Question 8 - Mel Gibson

gibson mel 008Agibson mel 008B 

8B is the right answer, it seems to be one of the most difficult questions as just 31 of 60 answers are correct (only 4 of the 11 winners are right here!)

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/gibson-mel

Question 9 - Robert De Niro

de niro robert 009Ade niro robert 009B 

9B is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/deniro-robert

Question 10 - Al Pacino

pacino al 010Apacino al 010B

10A is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/pacino-al

Question 11 - Bob Marley

marley bob 011Amarley bob 011B

11A is the right answer

Similar as on Stan Laurel you hardly will find authentic Bob Marley autographs without a dedication. Most common are short tiles of his songs like on the left authentic example "One Love - One heart" or any "Live Rasta" dedications. The second example is a printed example and if you zoom it larger you will find the breaks in the lines as well as the the same "power" of the signature from the beginning to the end without any difference in ink flue. You could also remove the ink and will find that there is a kind of stamp in the photograph which have been filled up with ink in the second print step (sorry about my bad english and I hope you could understand).

Question 12 - Madonna

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12B is the right answer as it is not known that she has a secretary to sign for here. 99.9% of the autographs offered on ebay are forgeries!

Question 13 - Elvis Presley

presley elvis 013Apresley elvis  013B

13A is the right answer, you should remember that Elvis nearly always wrote "ElvisP" in one step and "resley" in the next one. 

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/presley-elvis
www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/presley-elvis-2

Question 14 - Ray Charles

charles ray_014

14C is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/charles-ray

Question 15 - Billy Joel

joel billy 015Ajoel billy 015B

15A is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/joel-billy

Question 16 - Wernher von Braun

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16B is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/braun-wernher-von

Question 17 - Michael Collins

collins michael 017Acollins michael 017B

17A is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/collins-michael

Question 18 - Jackie Stewart

stewart jackie 018Astewart jackie 018B

18A is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/stewart-jackie

www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/stewart-jackie-2

Question 19 - Ayrton Senna

senna ayrton 019Asenna ayrton 019B

19B is the right answer.

Please remember that Ayrton Senna was a left hand signed and always signed in a very strong 60°-90° way. A special view should also go to the date which has been signed very typically by Senna. This question was very difficult and you could only find the answer with the shown reference study. Sorry but please remember that Ayrton Senna is nearly the most forged sport autograph nowadays !

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/senna-ayrton

www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/senna-ayrton-2

Question 20 - Emerson Fittipaldi

fittipaldi emerson 020Afittipaldi emerson  020B

20B is the right answer (Please remember that the secretarial example is written in strong corners and moe like loops in the authentic example)

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/fittipaldi-emmerson

www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/fittipaldi-emmerson-2

Question 21 - Margaret Thatcher

thatcher margarete_021

21B is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/thatcher-margaret

www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/thatcher-margaret-2

Question 22 - Anwar Al-Sadat

al-sadat anwar_022

22C is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/sadat-anwar-al

Question 23 - Bill Clinton

clinton bill_023

23A is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/clinton-bill

www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/clinton-bill-2

Question 24 - Kofi Annan

anan kofi_024

24C is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/annan-kofi

Question 25 - Adolf Hitler

hitler 025

25C is the right answer

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www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/hitler-adolf

www.autograph-market.com/isitreal/item/hitler-adolf-2

 

We hope that you enjoyed the competition and it was interesting for everybody who took part in. We are looking for further references and your help or suggestions are always welcome. Let's work like a team!

and again... special thanks to Gary King for the huge support  !

 

 

 

 

About the Author

Rolf Ramseier

Rolf Ramseier

Co-Founder Isitreal.com. Rolf Ramseier has been an autograph collector since 1986 and started selling autographs in 1993, since 2004 he works full time as a professional autograph dealer. He was/is author for autograph publications like “Schweizer Autogrammsammler Magazin” (1992-2001) and „Der Autographensammler“ the publication of AdA1986/Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Autographensammler e.V. 1986. His private autograph collection about Swiss personalities and history can be viewed at www.autographenderschweiz.ch.