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to ask all handwriting experts (or anyone interested really!) to come and tell me if this really could be Alfred Hitchcock's signature?

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LiftWantedAroundTheWorld Tue 02-Apr-13 18:45:33

On my profile smile

Its in the front of a 1939 copy of The Sword In The Stone.

It does look a lot like his signature... but what the hell would it be doing in a charity shop in Crapsville confused

EllieArroway Tue 02-Apr-13 18:49:15

If you Google/Images "Alfred Hitchcock's autograph" - you can see quite a lot of examples.

You'd need an expert to verify, I suspect.

cantspel Tue 02-Apr-13 18:49:54

EllieArroway Tue 02-Apr-13 18:50:34

Sorry - you've already looked at examples, haven't you! Duh.....

Pilfette Tue 02-Apr-13 18:51:29

The only thing that jumped out at me as the difference between the one on your profile and a google image search was the lack of 'tail', for want of a better word, on the 'a' but as Ellie said, a handwriting expert would probably give you a better answer smile

cantspel Tue 02-Apr-13 18:51:29

frpom the samples online he didn't leave a gap between his first and last name so doesn't look like you example in your book.

McNewPants2013 Tue 02-Apr-13 18:51:57

People who don't know the value of the item before they donate smile

Take it to a specialist to get an appraisal

LiftWantedAroundTheWorld Tue 02-Apr-13 18:54:02

I have googled and it does look similar - its the way the J and the H are joined, and the looping and short stick (or whatever the upright bit is called) on the l and d. I think 1939 was quite early in his career wasn't it? And it does seem to look more like the earlier ones I can find.

I don't have the spare cash to get a professional opinion, hence asking on AIBU grin

LiftWantedAroundTheWorld Tue 02-Apr-13 18:56:01

Plus of course putting your own name in a copy of a book you own isn't the same as a signature, I suppose. I know I write my name differently when signing it and when using it to label something.

thegreylady Tue 02-Apr-13 18:56:52

number 5 on the top row of cantspel's link looks identical to me

LiftWantedAroundTheWorld Tue 02-Apr-13 20:12:42

Mmmmm I think so too thegreylady.

How much would getting a professional opinion cost, does anyone know? Or is it not worth anything anyway, the book itself is a bit tatty hmm

EllieArroway Tue 02-Apr-13 20:20:38

I haven't had a proper in depth look - but these people might be helpful. And it's apparently free smile

LiftWantedAroundTheWorld Tue 02-Apr-13 21:01:09

Oooh thanks EllieArroway, just emailed them a photo smile

LiftWantedAroundTheWorld Tue 02-Apr-13 22:07:02

Anyone else care to hazzard a guess? smile

LiftWantedAroundTheWorld Wed 03-Apr-13 08:47:10

Ooh rareandsigned got back to me at 7am to say it is genuine in their opinion.... but, having researched them, it seems like they aren't always reliable confused

Maggie111 Wed 03-Apr-13 09:03:09

He seems to sign his signature differently each time!

In 9/10 of them the A always seems to start off with a swoosh...

Then again, I wonder if he's writing his name in the book rather than signing his name... The H is very distinctive and similar.

LiftWantedAroundTheWorld Wed 03-Apr-13 09:25:30

That's what I think Maggie111 - the name is a label not a signature (the book isn't by him anyway)

EllieArroway Wed 03-Apr-13 09:34:39

My guess would be that it's genuine. There's a big difference between signing something and writing your name - but the overall handwriting does seem to be very similar in all the examples. Also, seems an odd thing for a faker to do - sign a book that (I think) isn't known for having any connection to him. I think a faker would sign the novel Psycho. Or would that be too obvious?

Hope it turns out to be genuine. Keep us updated smile

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