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mjanovec
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posted 01-13-2007 07:58 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I was watching an Antiques Roadshow special tonight compiling "pop culture" items from the 50s-70s. One lady brought in a collection of Time magazine covers that she would send in to people to get signed. In the collection, the appraiser highlighted two space-related covers...one of Neil Armstrong on the moon and the other of the Apollo 13 crew. Both covers were signed by autopens, but the appraiser didn't realize it. He told her they were the highlights of her collection...and that the collection, as a whole, was worth $10-12k.

So somewhere out there is a lady with autopens who thinks they are worth thousands...and she has an Antiques Roadshow appraisal to back her up.

If I see this episode again, I'll try to make note of who the appraiser was.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 01-13-2007 08:16 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I saw this episode (Program #917 - "Tomorrow's Antiques") as well, though it was in December 2005. Anyway, at the time, I wrote my contact at the Roadshow and alerted them to the error. They said they would try to get in touch with the collector and inform her of the autopens.

mjanovec
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posted 01-13-2007 08:38 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mjanovec   Click Here to Email mjanovec     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad to hear you contacted them to alert them to the error. It's unfortunate that they got the lady's hopes raised only to, presumably, dash them later.

Also in that episode, there was a Marilyn Monroe autograph in red ink, where the appraiser said was sure to be authentic, since Marilyn usually signed in red...and secretarial signatures were always in blue or black. I had never heard that before...so I just did a Yahoo search for "Marlilyn Monroe autograph." The very first page that came up in the search was a refutation of the above-said advice:
http://collectibles.about.com/od/valuableresources/a/fakemonroeautog.htm

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