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31 Oct, 2023 (edited)
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Dagoths wrote:

Would not surprise me that someone has finally created some method of reproducing his signature with technology. Seems like a lucrative business given how people throw however much money at the first sight of such a thing.

Not sure what you mean by "finally creating technology" the tech already exists and nothing new. Tolkien's signature has been reproduced many times over by GA&U and then HC in facsimile, so the tech has existed for decades. Tolkien's signature has been a target of con artists for many years, long before this latest market upswing. So, there is nothing new about it.

It's also not about throwing money at first sight, (and I take issue with the characterization that every Tolkien fan shopping on eBay is a signature expert that is ignoring common sense as you seem to be characterizing it) there are very few people who can discern a real Tolkien signature from a well done fake, most of us here rely on those small number of trusted members to do this. It's more about ignoring the lack of provenance which all signature seekers must have for true authenticity.

See the Allan Formhals controversy
https://www.tolkienguide.com/guide/letters/1353?q=forgery+
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Wow, best guess from the pics is a 10th impression for $24 shipped? Lack of DJ and library markings and card pocket detract from the value, but that much? I'd have bought it!
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Wow, best guess from the pics is a 10th impression for $24 shipped? Lack of DJ and library markings and card pocket detract from the value, but that much? I'd have bought it!

It's a 1963 14th printing. Last of the Hobbit sheets HMCO imported from GA&U.
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Thanks, I've looked at both the past few days and got them confused. Last edition with the red on the map, right?
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