I feel very confident that these autographs are forgeries.
It's a Sin
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Neil-Tennant-Ch ... Sw3v5Yo8hC
West End Girls
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Neil-Tennant-Ch ... SwImRYjBwH
Always On My Mind
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Neil-Tennant-Ch ... SwtfhYqlpJ
Music for Boys
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Neil-Tennant-Ch ... SwLEtYjWZk
Why do I think it is forged?
- The style of the signatures is consistent and yet definitely feels off, especially Chris Lowe's signature. He doesn't try that hard with his signature. It just looks wrong. Neil's signature looks more authentic, but his signature is so minimal, I think it would be far easier to forge effectively. Chris Lowe's signature gives it away.
- The sellers specializes in having hundreds of signed items (818). Where and how does he obtain them? I find it highly suspect.
- The way all four are written at a 45 degree angle. Really? It looks very much like the same person is trying to duplicate the same style of autograph. I have not seen Neil and Chris sign multiple items like that in the same manner at the same time, with all their signatures at a 45 degree angle. This fixation on signing signatures at a 45 degree angle may be an attribute of the forger, but it is not something that Neil and Chris routinely do.
- Some of the placement of the signatures are simply illogical, while trying to give the appearance of logic, e.g. West End Girls.
I think this thread could also serve as a good place to list other suspected autograph forgeries to help protect the community.