It is incredible how many forgers and forgeries there are of Rowling. Her signature is in such high demand that even the crappiest forgeries sell, even if for lower dollars. Buying signed Potter books is quite fun and I really enjoy mine, BUT buying them requires knowing what crap is out there. Here is but a very small chunk of the fakes in the marketplace. Sadly, many have sold, at least once.
Sold on eBay Feb. 15 - Feb 22 2019
Sold Feb. 15th on eBay for £42.99
Sold Feb. 19th on eBay for $250.00
Sold Feb. 21st on eBay for £299.00
Sold Feb. 21st on eBay for £250.00
Sold Feb. 22nd on eBay for £250.00
*This is by no means all of the sold Rowling forgeries during this time, and really only looks at ebay.com and ebay.co.uk. There are many more forgeries in the marketplace and on other sites.*
Fake Holograms with Fake Signatures
Not only is the signature fake, the Hologram is fake as well! Thankfully, the listing looks to have been removed.
While all forgeries are predatory, this particular listing is very much so--the wording of the description makes the seller seem more legitimate, AND again their pairing of the fake hologram with the fake signature makes an unsuspecting buyer think they're getting the real deal.
Forgeries with Dedications
Sadly, many people tend to think that a piece that claims to be dedicated by JK Rowling has a higher probability to be authentic because a forger wouldn't do that. . . they're a forger--yes, they would. Also, it is not uncommon for forgers to try and make overly nice/sentimental dedications to try and pull at the heartstrings of the buyer. While Rowling has some great dedications in books over the years, you still must scrutinize the dedicated books as much as the un-dedicated ones.
*MOST* of these dedicated forgeries are from the same forger. This person has put out a BUNCH of junk into the marketplace via eBay and Abebooks and other mediums. You can tell this person's work b/c the dedications are vague, the J downstroke slopes to the left and letters are overall wonky by comparison to authentic signatures. While this forger looks to be improving, their work is still quite easy to spot.
Found: Ebay.co.uk; UK Deluxe Azkaban
Item Number: 392265281681
Found: Ebay.com; Bloomsbury Phoenix & Deathly Hallows
Item Numbers: 264249404503/264249407236
Found: Abebooks.co.uk; Celebration Edition Philosopher's Stone
Price: 1,000 GBP
Item Number: Bookseller Inventory # 017656
Seller: Lasting Words Ltd
*Authenticated by Beckett Authentication Services (BAS)* <eye roll>
Currently list, eBay #223146776433
The Graham forgery is named because the creator of them is a man in the UK named Graham. He was originally GenAndSigned on eBay and sold many of his forgeries under this name. He then switched eBay names a few times when people starting catching on, and is now found under Oldand Groovy123 and is still selling books (and sometimes new and improved forgeries), but now more off than on eBay. His forgeries have fooled many, including those at larger auction houses. While a very good forgery, they still have many issues when broken down.
These Graham forgeries sold very well on sites like eBay and even through bigger auction houses, meaning they passed the eyes of the authenticators there. EBay seller PanteraGroup purchased many of Graham's counterfeits, even after being told they were forgeries simply because they believed them to be real. Many others purchased from Graham since he began passing forgeries (sometime around late 2015). He's still at it, but mostly off eBay, so be very cautious if you deal with him.
This is a seller on eBay that has been passing forgeries all bearing the same handwriting. They've also sold fake Bloomsbury bookplates as well. The forgeries they've been selling are very good, but forgeries all the same. I wish I could go into better discussion here of the issues present in their forgeries, but because they're still active and wanting to improve their work, less information is better here.
The GrandPre signature is also forged.
Found on ebay under the name, HLWDYardSale. This forger used an Auto Pen to create their crap, which they sold a bunch of really fast. They sold each book for an average of $500 or so. Below are the two signatures they loaded into their auto pen. The first is a later signature and taken directly from Rowling's Wikipedia page; the second is a 1998 signature from a 1st print, 1st edition Bloomsbury Chamber of Secrets, which the forger more than likely found in a google search.
ebay Seller Gold124gnu
This seller is one to watch. So far they haven't sold any authentic Rowling signatures AND claim a lot of experience (40 years!) in the book trade and usually tout in the description how awesome this Rowling signature is--still a fake regardless of praise <eye roll> I don't think they're a forger, but they still haven't sold or listed for a sale an authentic Rowling signature. If you've purchased from them in the last 180 (paying with PayPal) then you need to get your money back!
These 3 are forgeries, but they're also exact copies, meaning someone used a photo copier to recreate them; not saying it's the seller, BUT. . . And yes, they've all sold.
Sadly, this person has sold thousands of Rowling forgeries over the years under various names. Most of his creations look to be in later print, cheaper acquired Potter books, and sadly many have been bought and sold many times over. His forgeries are so rampant, they frequently show up on eBay and even other higher-end auction houses. Notably, he never quite perfected the 'o' in Rowling, often writing it over the Bloomsbury dog logo to partially obscure it. Also, his signatures are off proportionally to Rowling's real signature, as are the loop sizes and the 'J' is also constructed quite differently.
Forgeries with Rowling Holograms
It's with a sad heart that I have to include these six. Paired with these six are forgeries, however, is a Rowling hologram that appears to be authentic, meaning someone has figured out how to remove the hologram from a later book, like Casual Vacancy OR perhaps pocketed a roll from a signing event. For now, it looks like these are coming from someone in Bobigny, France.