How can you tell a fake from an original?
Again, eBay is a LEGITIMATE (legal, good,
honest) way to buy or sell original art. There are no steadfast
rules for telling you how to judge what is real or fake. We
are reluctant to say "too much" about how the fakes become apparent to
us, because it would educate the forgers to make better fakes.
You must become educated about
the art, and about the seller. There will always be the scum-bags
who can't do anything well, but they can FAKE it well - and that's what
they do with their life. There have been great fakes of every
artist from Van Gogh to Michael Angelo - they go after whatever has a
profit in it.
The sellers of fake art will CLAIM to
have obtained the art from some legitimate source. If they give a
SPECIFIC verifiable source, the chances are better that it is true (the
name and contact info of the person who sold it to them). The
SCAMMER will ALWAYS have some vague indication of exactly where they got
it ("at a concert", "while in Austin", etc.) You will never
be able to pin the forger down because he will simply claim that he was
scammed when he bought the art. If he can't tell you WHO he bought
it from - someone you can contact - beware!
All art purchased from
are KNOWN to have come from Daniel directly. If you purchased from
these sites you received a certificate of authenticity and a digital
image of the piece is stored in Daniel's permanent digital archive as
proof of it's origin. If someone sells art on eBay and says
they purchased it from one of these web sites, ask them for the
certificate of authenticity. This is not to say a
certificate cannot be forged - but any art sold from these sites will
have a permanent record of the certificate and art to substantiate it's
There is much original art that is
available from OTHER SOURCES, but we are learning quickly that FAKES are
in circulation, and may have made it into the hands of sellers who
believe it to be original.
Get the seller to guarantee its
originality in writing and provide you with PERMANENT contact
information, so you can contact them if you ever suspect differently.
Everyone has a story of "where" they got the drawing, and the sellers of
fakes always have "believable stories" - so unfortunately, the story has
almost no value.
How gullible are you? Be honest
with yourself about that single point and you can probably see signs of
the problem and steer away from the frauds.