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Norway Beatles exhibition possible fake. The “Get Back” Beatles exhibition at Trondheim’s Rockheim rock and pop museum featuring items involving Statoil is counterfeit, leading memorabilia experts claim. German-born Bavarian Beatles web-shop owner Frank Seltier, who has been working with Beatles memorabilia for 25 years, alleges most of the autographs on several album covers and guitars and framed photographs are “extremely bad forgeries.” “The letters are completely different to how they should be. Some of the albums from the '60s are signed with a felt-tipped pen. I’ve never seen signatures by The Beatles from that period using this,” Mr Seltier, reportedly acknowledged as one of Europe’s foremost experts, says to Adresseavisen.

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Norway Beatles exhibition possible fake

Published on Friday, 13th April, 2012 at 15:47 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and John Price      .
Last Updated on 13th April 2012 at 16:02.

The “Get Back” Beatles exhibition at Trondheim’s Rockheim rock and pop museum featuring items involving Statoil is counterfeit, leading memorabilia experts claim.

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Rockheim
Photo: Rockheim/Geir Mogen


German-born Bavarian Beatles web-shop owner Frank Seltier, who has been working with Beatles memorabilia for 25 years, alleges most of the autographs on several album covers and guitars and framed photographs are “extremely bad forgeries.”

“The letters are completely different to how they should be. Some of the albums from the '60s are signed with a felt-tipped pen. I’ve never seen signatures by The Beatles from that period using this,” Mr Seltier, reportedly acknowledged as one of Europe’s foremost experts, says to Adresseavisen.

Comments on discussion forum autographmagazine.com point in the same direction. Moreover, American Roger Epperson who also works in the same field as Frank Seltier tells the paper, “The shape of the signatures is nowhere near being correct. Some are written with an unsteady hand.”

“Besides, Beatles autographs are easier to date, and many of the forgeries in the collection are from the wrong year in relation to when the record was released.”

Whilst the exhibition has been produced through Statoil’s Art Programme, the some 250-strong album collection’s owner is Statoil employee Einar Arne Iversen. He denies claims the signatures are forgeries, and Statoil is satisfied with his competence.

“It would be terrible if it should prove that everything is a fake. This means I have taken a wrong step, which I find a little hard to believe,” he said.

Mr Iversen continued, “There is wealth of opinions about what is real or not. In my eyes, I feel that much, if not everything that is hanging on Rockheim’s walls is genuine. I have the impression that my contacts have been honest people.”

The collector has now asked another Beatles world-expert, Frank Caiazzo, to verify the authenticity of his collection, adding he will recant if it turns out otherwise, and "apologise to all Beatles collectors worldwide.”

Rockheim writes in a statement, “The authenticity of signatures is a complex field and we, together with Statoil’s Art Programme (that has produced the exhibition), will investigate whether assessments that have come forth have any firm basis and thus shed new light on the collection on display.”

“We’re making no changes to our programme or exhibitions before we get a thorough clarification on the authenticity question - and will return with news on this as soon as we know more.”



Published on Friday, 13th April, 2012 at 15:47 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson and John Price      .
Last updated on 13th April 2012 at 16:02.

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