The annual list of the most counterfeited celebrity autographs for 2010 is dominated by iconic celebrities of past decades. [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Elvis Presley[/lastfm] is a given. But a new celebrity’s signature made the top 10 this year.
Expert analysts at PSA/DNA Authentication Services in Santa Ana, California have released their 2010 list of the “most dangerous” celebrity autographs – that is, the most in danger of being phony.
[photogallerylink id=21320 align=right]Elvis and The Beatles claimed the top two spots, with other deceased musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison populating the list. The company only considers autographs that are not obviously fake, and could feasibly be mistaken for the real thing.
“This past year, our experts reviewed over 200,000 autographs submitted by collectors and dealers worldwide,” said president Joe Orlando, according to Gibson.com.
“PSA/DNA does not often receive obvious forgeries, so if our rejection rate for a particular autograph, such as Babe Ruth and Elvis Presley, approaches or exceeds 50 percent, you can only imagine how high that percentage might be in the overall marketplace.”
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Michael Jackson saw a spike in forged autographs in the wake of his untimely death last year, which elevated his signature to collector’s item status.
Not counting Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr, the two remaining living members of the Beatles, 80-year-old Neil Armstrong is the only living celebrity to make the list. Just about everyone else is long gone.
The complete top 10:
- Elvis Presley
- The Beatles
- John F. Kennedy
- Marilyn Monroe
- Michael Jackson
- Jim Morrison
- Neil Armstrong
- Jimi Hendrix
- James Dean
- Walt Disney