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Allan Formhals Fakes and Forgeries

Oct 26, 2012 (edited)
2012/10/26 5:10:05 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

After being found guilty of Fraud and Forgery, I have put together a list of some of the threads from this forum which deal with Allan's Tolkien Shenanigans, there are a lot more.

It is also nice to be reminded of the sage words from collector on his Allan Formhal's item.

"Trotter, I dont know about ebay, I never was there. But it is very dificult to fake a book or a letter from 1968, I never bought a letter/book looking a simple picture, I need to study them.

I have a "sleeping book" (sic Laura) from Tolkien, 1ed. Blue ink. and it is very real, all you need is to do a study from a handwriting expert survey.

Thanks to everybody, this a very interesting chat
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Tolkien Signatures on eBay???

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Dr Higgins Again

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At it again - again ['Antique Sketch']

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3 Tolkien Letters to Higgins

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Letter on eBay, no provenance

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Tolkien Research 2009

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Oct 29, 2012
2012/10/29 5:06:19 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
"Formhals was remanded on bail and will be sentenced on December 21."

eBay Item #winston-churchill-and-oscar-wild


Dec 2, 2012 (edited)
2012/12/2 8:36:04 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
This ebay auction item can be traced back to Allan Formhals signature and not J.R.R. Tolkien.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/271112719520? ... _trksid=p3984.m1423.l2649

""The Hobbit" movie is being released soon, and there has been a lot of interest in this book, so I decided to put it up on Ebay.
This item is being sold AS-IS as Tolkien's SIGNATURE is extremely rare, and there are forgeries out there. I don't have the provenance on this SIGNATURE so I will let the higgest bidder determine if the signature is legit.

If you compare this SIGNED signature by Tolkien, it looks identical to genuine signatures on the net selling for $10,000 and up. I have scanned a HIGH resolution of the siganture seen in the pictures.

This book appears to be Signed by J.R.R. Tolkien on color plate from a drawing by him of The Hill, Hobbiton, inserted before the half-title. It is from another copy, being slightly taller and a bit narrow than the text block. The jacket states Fourteenth Impression. Any early dustjackets by Tolkien are collectable.

This ORIGINAL Jacket with some wear to the spine ends, corners and edges, with slight insect damage to top and bottom of the flaps. The cloth is slightly bubbled on front cover, faint faded horizontal streak to cloth, ink name to front endpaper.A nice copy

There is NO Reserve on this auction, as I will let the market determine the price.

A wonderful gift copy for any Tolkien fan.

Buy this book now, and receive it in plently of time for Christmas.
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It sold for $1,026.01

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Dec 2, 2012
2012/12/2 19:42:41 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
It is frightening to think that, as time go past these forgeries will become more difficult to identify. How is this piece traceable to the convicted forger?
Dec 3, 2012
2012/12/3 5:11:56 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
This item has been listed before on ebay, and was listed and I believe sold by a Canadian ebay seller, cavorite51, who offered a lot of Allan's items for sale.
Dec 7, 2012 (edited)
2012/12/7 19:27:11 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
The last buyer appears to have not paid for the fake signature and it has been re-listed again.

Please can you report the listing as breaching ebays authenticity guidelines, this horrible fake item is not allowed to be sold through ebay?

eBay Item #authenticity-disclaimer-policy?i

http://www.ebay.com/itm/J-R-R-Tolkien ... bit-SIGNED-/271117740726?



Dec 7, 2012
2012/12/7 19:32:47 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Indeed, I saw it relisted.

Reported.

BH
Dec 7, 2012
2012/12/7 23:12:09 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I think it was pulled.
Dec 22, 2012
2012/12/22 12:19:12 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Does anyone have any pictures of Tolkien's typewriter from Mr Formhal's ebay listing?

Very much appreciated if you do.

Trotter

Porridge reference for people in the UK


Dec 22, 2012
2012/12/22 18:40:06 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Dec 22, 2012
2012/12/22 21:16:48 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
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