Brand new Forgery on Ebay (2 Viewers)
I let him know. We'll see what he wants to do about this.

My reasons for being sure that this is not real:

1) Signature is copied from a signature that would be earlier than the 1993 date
2) Sig just looks BAD
3) Buk was not in Spain in the 93 or 94

I believe that the seller probably bought it from a bookstore that was selling it as a regular cheap unsigned book and then discovered what he thought was real. The other possibility is that he forged it, but I cannot accuse anyone of that. I am pretty sure that inspection of the signature in person would confirm the telltale "starts and stops" of a bad forger.

Do those on the forum agree with me that this is 100% wrong?


p.s. I apologize to any forum members that think that ebay policing for forgeries ios wrong and that I should let the unsuspecting buyers get ripped off.
ha, he lives kind of close to my place. I could drop by and take a look at the book.

anyway, he says that B might have sent the book to that friend he mentions in the listing (Jaime something), not that B was actually in Spain. The fact that B could have sent a signed copy to someone in Spain sounds reasonable, but the sig looks indeed suspicious .
Even I can see this is fake.
And what about his almost looks like he is forcing to make spelling and grammar mistakes.

At least mine are real!
I saw that one and thought "Ha, thats just rubbish!"
Maybe we're all wrong? :D
his English ain't perfect 'cos he's Spanish. He just replied to me and told me he found the book in an second-hand bookshop somewhere in Barcelona (in fact, in a bookstore I know firsthand).
He replied to me also, but seems to not understand how I could know that it is a forgery. I think that he has good intentions, but I'm sure that this is a fake.

that is not a bukowski drawing. ive never seen him use jagged lines like that - it just looks like someone who doesnt understand his style trying to repeat the simplicity of it all. horrible.

my 2 cents

Wow. Ha ha ha ha ha. Looks ex-library on top of it all.

But honestly, if I saw that drawing under a legit Bukowski signature I wouldn't give it a second thought. It's obviously not signed by Bukowski, but am I nuts? I think the drawing could pass as genuine. I don't think it is, of course, but it could pass. I've seen worse scribbles from Bukowski.
no this pisses me off, the guy has a Palahniuk "signed" copy of lullaby up for sale too. I've studied Palahniuks signature too and the one he has is also a forgery.

this really fucking pisses me off. the guy claims he found the book second hand? well thats funny becuase both of the signatures have very distinguishing similarities.
...the guy has a Palahniuk "signed" copy of lullaby up for sale too. I've studied Palahniuks signature too and the one he has is also a forgery.
That one is even worse, if that's possible. You can see where he stopped the pen throughout the signature.
I know that I'm an ass and seem like I want to be an ebay cop, but that is not the case. What DOES piss me off is people that buy used books, go online, study the signature and then make thier own signed edition. The fact that they are trying to defraud pisses me off, as does their arrogance that the piece of shit signature actually is passable. If they were good, then I would still be pissed, but would at least RESPECT their effort, but this is just sad. He shut the Bukowski auction down. I bet that there were a few of us that told him about the book and he got scared. Here is the e-mail that I just sent to him about this latest forgery. Something tells me that he may just get out of the "finding signed books in the library" business...


Who ever sold you this book was also the same person that forged the Bukowski book. VERY similar style. A handwriting expert could verify that the same person signed both books and they are certainly NOT the authors in question. This one is wrong in so many ways. This one, I can see where the unsure person forging this actually lifted his pen while forging. I'm not accusing you of forging these, but this is the second forged book to be offered by you. This one is so far from right, that I cannot spend the time to list all of the things that are wrong with the signature.

Ebay takes these very serious, as do the authors, who have been known to have sellers shut down.

Just some friendly advice.

Bill "
the funny thing is, you can get signed Palahniuk books from St. Helens bookshop for the price of an unsigned book. this guy is stupid.

LOL bill, youre like a bountyhunter. OKAY, THIS GUY FORGED THIS ONE, and he's been seen, hanging out in the signed books area of ebay.


ahahhahahaha. thats great.
Hi friends,
yes, this fake was a pretty lousy one.

But I am unsure about a book that I own myself, maybe you'd have a quick look at it too? I know, of course, lots of proofed Buk-sigs and have a few too.

The point with this one is: It was very very cheap at ebay, when I found it there. That was the reason, I bought it (beside that, to me, it looks like his true signature, of course).
I wouldn't want to sell it anyway. Just ask some experts, what they think about it.
It's here:

Thanks for advice.
Hi Roni,
From the scan, this one looks right to me. It looks "fluid" enough to be authentic, althought that "B" does bug me a bit... I seem to remember selling something like this on ebay a while back (and regretting it..) Do you remember who the seller was, or what you paid for it?

Without seeing it in person, I would still say that it looks "right" (with some reservations).

Anyone else have an opinion on this signature?

Do you remember who the seller was, or what you paid for it?
Not sure, but since I'm not that active on ebay and can easily overlook my few comments, I'd have a look. What's your ebay-name? (mine's ronibert)
Think it was before 2003. Aint sure though.
Thanks for your evaluation of the sig.
Hey, Roni, that's the real deal, if you ask me. I'd stake my reputation on it (whatever THAT'S worth!). If it was very, very, cheap, as you state, then consider yourself very lucky, and very smart, to have bought it.
I think everyone posting in this thread would enjoy a book that David Barker recommended a while back, The Poet and the Murderer by Simon Worrall.

Ostensibly it's about a forged Emily Dickinson poem, but it goes deep into the forger's life (brought up Mormon, grew to hate the church and undermined it with forged documents, including the notorious "Salamander Letter") and into forgery itself throughout history. A really great read.

One of the things mentioned in the book is that in authentic signatures (and writing in general) the end of words will trail off slightly, making almost a pointed end to the line. You can see that clearly in Roni's Bukowski signature, even in the dot on the "i."

Anyway, it's a good book, and you can get it on eBay for a dollar or two from a lot of different sellers.

Looking through this guys feedback, it seems that his business model is to buy books, study authentic signatures (probably on the internet) and then forge the signatures. He has a bunch of feedback reporting fake signatures. How can someone be so unlucky to buy forged books and then sell them on ebay? They can't they are frauds who sit at hope with their sharpies finding new authors to use to steal money.

I have no doubt that he is a conman. I think that someone that I know may have to bid this up to crazy money and then never pay for it....

Wow! - that one really is bad...let's hope he does'nt get away with it. You're doing a great job Bill, in trying to expose these forging bastards!
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Yeah, judging by the feedback, this seller is undoubtedly a crook. When you see so many complaints alleging the same type of fraud, you know something ain't right.
You are right, of course. This shithead makes his grocery money off of forging signatures and preying on his fellow man.

I have no doubt that ebay will do nothing to stop him as he has done this before and clearly the others that were ripped off also filed complaints. All we cna do is make it unprofitable for him to sell fake Buks. I cannot get into his forging of Reagan and Clinton books. That is for the Reagan and Clinton people to deal with.

Fuck if he'll get away with forging Buk and making any money off of it.

I've been going through all his feedback. Oh, boy, what a long list of complaints. First editions not being first editions, Books not as described with underlinings in ink, tears etc. Over charges in postage, sends as media mail when buyer has paid for priority mail, sends items way too late, items "lost" in mail-no refund, does'nt answer e-mails, sells broken items (rings, cameras) and of course all the fake signatures.
I can't even remember it all. Sounds like a con man. Oterwise he would answer e-mails and give refunds when items are lost in the mail...
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Also notice that he hides the winning bidder whenever it is one of his forged signatures (as all of his signatures are probably forged by him). The legit items that he sells (anything NOT signed, he shows the winning bidder. This, of course, allows him to sell forged items and people cannot be warned.

This is another example of ebay making it very easy to commit fraud.

I can understand people wanting to keep what they buy secret at times, but wouldn't it be easier to let the bidder choose to not have his name listed, instead of the seller choose this? Sellers should not care, it should be an issue for bidders. It would be easy to do this and still allow people to e-mail the buyers through the ebay system and keep the person anonymous. Clearly ebay is not worried about fraud. Their thought seems to be that as long as they pretend that they cannot stop it, they are legally blameless. That is not true. One day, they will be made to account for years af collusion to fraud.

I sent him a message as well, simple and to the point: "This is not Bukowski's signature. Please withdraw this item." He's canceled the auction. It pays for a few of us to get on these people, though I doubt that this one will change his ways.
I can understand people wanting to keep what they buy secret at times, but wouldn't it be easier to let the bidder choose to not have his name listed, instead of the seller choose this? Sellers should not care, it should be an issue for bidders.

Actually, that's a very good idea. I wonder if anyone has ever suggested this to ebay.
I find it hard to believe that a multi-billion dollar company would not have the resources to brainstorm and think of this themselves. Plus, I have found that ebay is not open to any ideas that will lower their profits. Of course, this wouls actually RAISE their profits (in the long run,) as it would inspire a bit more trust in ebay. They would not see it like that. They would see the con artists having trouble selling their con and because of this millions of dollars a year in fees that they get from the fraud that they pretend that they cannot stop.

Their stated goals and their actual goals seem to be two very different things.

Very sad that groups like have to jump on frauds directly and threaten them to stop this, when it is so obvious that this seller is foorging every signature that he is selling. Anyone at ebay with half a brain could tell that.

Hell, maybe they'll read this post and do something. They do have people who do searches on Google and read what is being said about them. Who knows.

I've been going through all his feedback. Oh, boy, what a long list of complaints.
And imagine - given the high numbers of private auctions with POSITIVE feedback - how many he may have cheated SUCCESSFULLY! That's the really sad part: All these poor people, believing they baught a valuable item, not even recognizing, they own only crap (except maybe years later) - and even giving positve feedback, so this sucker can easily go on with his business! (if everybody would recognize the fraud and complain, he could't go on.)
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That's right, roni! I had that thought myself when I read the feedbacks saying how happy they were for their books with signatures.
It makes me think of a W.C. Fields quote: "Never give a sucker an even break"...
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Are Buk forgeries common on ebay? It seems like some of the folks around here have seen all this before.
Are Buk forgeries common on ebay? It seems like some of the folks around here have seen all this before.

What Hank Solo said.... There have been a few, but since this forum has started there has not been one sold! We are always able to persuade the seller to pull it.

Black Sparrow made buying signed Bukowski books easy. Is the spine is the right color and the numbering on the colophon is right (and the title page is in color), then it is almost always authentic.

Always feel free to drop a post if you are unsure about anything, but when forgeries do show up on ebay, notice is posted here, very early.

Hi roni,

This belated response to your Feb. post re forger's at work on your copy of BURNING, etc. should ease your fears. Buk signed this for me personally and I can attest to his use of those big swooping loops for the letter "B". Doesn't it feel wonderful to own an original piece of his work? *S* >>>

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