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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


Re: Selling my Super Deluxe Children of Hurin & Legend of Sigurd & Gudrun
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I hope you are able to sell them (given that it sounds like you could do with the money). From what I understand HC will discount to GBP 245 for these books, even when they are not officially on one of their regular sales (I'm pretty sure you posted either here or on your blog that you had gotten such an out-of-sale-period discount when you purchased CoH in the first place?).

S&G seems to sell second-hand for sub-GBP200. I would suggest that 400 pounds for the pair would probably be a more realistic asking price (and would most likely be what I would be asking for initially if I needed to get rid of my spares). Even that might be on the high-side for an international sale when you take into account the low cost shipping provided by HC.

On the plus side, you can count yourself lucky that the exchange rate hasn't impacted you. My average cost for the super-deluxes was GBP240 (2x350 CoH, 1x250 CoH, 1x250 S&G, 1xFree S&G), but the AUD/GBP exchange rate means that they are only worth about two-thirds of what I paid for them, even if I sold them for cost !

Truth be told, whenever I buy a book, I write off the value to zero, as that is all I can guarantee to get back for it (and so far I have never sold a book, anyway)...

Rgds
Stu

Posted on: 2011/6/11 17:33


Re: Linguaphone set on eBay
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Really a nice set, but sadly not complete as it seems.
All the records are present but 3 of the 4 booklets are missing.

I asked the seller about them but didn´t received an answer yet.
edit: He answered me and yes there is only one booklet.

Posted on: 2011/6/11 15:53

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