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Re: Ebay Signature & Sketch
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lbdkbd I have sent you a private message about this item (if it is the picture below).

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Re: Ebay Signature & Sketch
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Welcome lbdkbd. Just wait to find your misplaced camera; unless by misplaced you mean lost.

It's quite easy to post pictures up. Someone can talk (or type) you through it if you're having any difficulty.

BH

Posted on: 2011/6/12 15:18
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Re: Ebay Signature & Sketch
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I possess an orange pencil sketch that is a portrait of Tolkien. About 10" by 12". It is quite expertly done in fact, although there is a Tolkien signature in the bottom right which is naturally to be mistrusted. However, the signature is also more convincing than most of the fakes that I have seen - at least to my eyes.
I was intrigued by the thread on this site from 2009 from Gondor59, who spoke of an eBay seller who had a Tolkien pencil portrait for sale, and that he almost bid on it.
Your response to him led me to wonder whether the one I have might actually be the same portrait Jlong saw on eBay. When I clicked on the eBay link, it was of course expired and unavailable for viewing.
A few of the things you said about why the signature was fake tally with the one I have, but most things do not.
I was not the person who paid $321.99 on eBay! I did not pay a huge amount for the one I have, so I have no pressing urgency to determine the authenticity (or otherwise) of the signature. The sketch itself was well enough done to make it worth the expense.
The biggest red flag about it all for me is that the sketch is in an orange pencil, and the only signature is in a black ink pen. Why wouldn't the artist have signed it? And why WOULD Tolkien have? Unless it were a memento of an informal gathering: "you draw my portrait, and I'll provide my signature" sort of thing.
I'm quite convinced Tolkien himself didn't draw it. I know of no attempts he might have made to draw himself; and although he was an artist, this seems quite unlike the sort of drawing he was prone to do.
I have just joined the site, so I haven't figured out how to upload a photo of it - if indeed that is possible. In any event, I have misplaced my digital camera. I know you cannot say much about it without being able to see it, unless you recall specifically after all this time that the sketch was done in orange.
How might I get a copy of the picture to you? A scan? Or wait till my camera shows up?

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lbdkbd

Posted on: 2011/6/12 14:37


Re: Selling my Super Deluxe Children of Hurin & Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun
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I'm not convinced that stock would be that much lower, to be honest. After the initial rush subsided, I just can't see them selling more than a handful a year - Too many people are doing it tough financially at the moment. I could definitely see CoH running out at some point through the normal trickle of sales, but I think S&G will be remaindered in the end (assuming all 500 were actually bound). I would honestly be very surprised if more than 100 copies of S&G have been sold to date, as the response to that particular edition wasn't very positive.

I agree with you that eBay might be your best bet (as I suspect most of the lurkers around TG probably already obtained these books if they were interested) - Take really appealing photos (IMHO these books look best when flash is not used) and you might just get one of those odd "bidding frenzies" that happens from time to time that pushes the price up beyond the "rational price". If you can afford to wait until the first Hobbit movie comes out, the price of CoH might conceivably rise (although you will be competing with another several million items of horrible "Tolkien Landfill", I suppose!).

By the way, if you decide to sell your nice 3 Volume SD LOTR, I'd be interested!

Cheers
Stu

Posted on: 2011/6/12 3:19


Re: Selling my Super Deluxe Children of Hurin & Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun
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Hi Stu,
Yeah I did get CoH in that manner, although that was nearly a year ago and I wouldn't be surprised if they refused now as I imagine stock is a lot lower at this point. Also, my S&G is a pretty low number which I think has some appeal.

Personally, for £400 I would just keep them and sell some of my other books. Still, might pop them on ebay and see what happens.

Posted on: 2011/6/12 2:25



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