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Re: Christopher Tolkien signature
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I wouldn't mind seeing the pic(s) as well! (as a side note, let me know what kind of image upload troubles you had, perhaps there is something I can fix. It may just be that your image was too large relative to the max file size I currently have set, but I can increase that now that spam is more under control).

Back on the authenticity question, I have a copy signed by CT of the US Monsters and Critics that looks identical to yours (given the very low-res scan from eBay) that has excellent provenance. CT was a guest at the Marquette event back in 1987 and signed quite a few items there for people. I would guess yours is perfectly legit with the evidence available.

Posted on: 2008/12/21 11:19
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Re: need some info please
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Hi Larissa,

depends on which coloring book it is, but in general there are still a lot of these floating around (I think there is an eBay seller in the UK who has a mountain of them, and sells them for about $10 each).

If you can provide a photo/scan of the cover, I might be able to help out a bit more.

Posted on: 2008/12/18 22:03
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Re: Signature/Autograph Database?
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I agree with Beren for the most part here - one of the biggest problems with fakes right now is that it is so easy to duplicate from high-res images.

I don't know if you all recall, but when the Children of Hurin signed bookplates came out (the New York Barnes & Noble version from 2007), they were appearing on eBay almost immediately, and most/all had good provenance. About a week later, someone posted an eBay auction for one, and included a very large, high-res image of the bookplate. As an unfortunate aside, the bookplate itself is just a black and white design, that reporoduces very well with a good scanner/printer. Suddenly, there were dozens of copies of the "signed bookplate" on eBay, all looking remarkably the same, and with no provenance.

I think there might be a good market for having an online set of articles and images to help the collector, that are "destroyed" for purposes of reproducability/faking (watermarked, low-res, other possibilities), but I haven't figured out a good way to do anything like that that would help the collector but be of no use to the forger. I would love to hear more opinions/discussion on this!

One possibility is to have a tight-knit circle of trusted people that would have access to the database, but anything online is hackable or expensive. One question to pose to you all is, would it be worth enough to you to have access to something like this to have a fee attached to it?

Posted on: 2008/12/18 17:13
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Re: Tales from the Perilous Realm Deluxe
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This is old information since others have already posted similar news, but I wanted to share the official response I got from HC on the signed Tales book:

"Dear Jeremy - I'm very sorry for the confusion caused about the book. I can confirm it is not a numbered edition - it is simply signed by Alan Lee. Please accept our apologies for any confusion caused - the appropriate Hobbit will be dealt with accordingly.

Best regards

Chris Michaels
Publishing Brand Manager
HarperCollins"

Posted on: 2008/12/15 13:17
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Signatures and Autographs forum
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I have created a separate forum for discussions of signatures/autographs and other handwriting samples, since I was having a hard time myself figuring out the best place to discuss these in the older forums - sometimes they were on books, sometimes on letters, etc.

I have moved some of the older discussions to the new forum, and will do a full pass later this week for archival purposes.

Let me know if you have any questions, comments, etc.

Posted on: 2008/12/15 12:14
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