Fakes and forgeries?

There’s tons of drawings, sketches and paintings on ebay that are signed “Andy Warhol”. A search for “signed warhol drawing” gives at least 100 hits and without looking at them closely or being any kind of expert the absolute majority are offcourse fakes.

There are also tons of fake records, they say that Introducing the Beatles is the worlds most counterfeited record and that there’s probably millions of fake copies. Another example is Six Pistols 7″ God Save The Queen where there also seem to exist an endless number of fakes and counterfeits.

If you put 2 and 2 together one might think that it’s a bit surprising that you never see any, or at last very seldom, album covers that are signed “Andy Warhol”. A search on ebay today turns up zero results. The only time i’ve ever seen any on ebay is one or two signed copes of Sticky Fingers starting at ridiculous prices.

If one would really want to it’s obviously not too difficult to create extremely well made fakes so with that in mind it’s a bit strange that we don’t see more copes of The Nation’s Nightmare’s, Ultra Violet’s or Waltzes by Johann Strauss Jr’s. Offcourse there’s the issue with the actual vinyl itself but these three particular covers would sell for big money even without the record.

But it appears the last idiot in Sweden, or perhaps elsewhere also for that matter, is not born yet. A few months ago swedish auction house Bukowskis put up a claimed signed copy of the single Fuego on their budget internet auction site – Bukowskis Market. Amazingly it sold for a little more than 5000kr, roughly $800-900, and this is without provenance or any other documentation, nothing besides a note from the seller. Quite amazing.

The thought to create my own “semi fake” has crossed my mind. I’ve been contemplating buying an original copy of The Velvet Underground & Nico with the banana peeled and then cut out a banana from a reissue, get some dirt on it and then place it on the original. I doubt i will ever get around to it though, although there’s nothing like the joy of fooling one’s self.

Anyway, it’s very nice to see that the scammers are keeping their hands of Warhol and his record covers, i really hope it stays that way.


Tennessee Williams – Reading From the Glass Menagerie

One of my absolute favourite covers. The drawings, the coloring and the calligraphy – simply perfection! It always puts a smile on my face and this is one of the covers which has a permanent spot on my wall. I’ve negotiated so that i’m allowed to have four put up, the other three spots i rotate and change from time to time.

Tennessee Williams – Reading From the Glass Menagerie (Caedmon – TC 1005)

I have a hard time remembering when i got this cover but i do remember that it was on ebay and that i was very happy to finally get a hold of it and to a resonable price. I also believe that it didn’t pop up one ebay back then as it does now. But looking at the statistics from popsike it appears to be a quite even flow of sales so i might be misstaken. The condition is great by my standards, a little smudging here and there but nothing that effects the general look and hardly any ring wear or other issues.

According to Richard Forrests list at Rateyourmusic and the excellent blog Warholcovers there are a number of variations of this cover. Each has some different coloring and placement of the catalogue number, my copy has this number at the bottom right corner. I’m not sure which version is considered most rare and how big the difference in price is. But again, looking at the statistics the prices vary quite a bit so it’s not unlikely that one version is more desirable than the others. When i find the time i’ll try and do a more thorough analysis and put together some graphs and statistics of all different variations seperately.

Prices in USD as usal, the one in green is in GBP, the yellow is in canadian dollars and the one in blue is in euros.


Count Basie – S/T

This is one of my favourite covers. A clean design, mostly black and white with a splash of color, very nice! Right now i only have a reissue from Doxy Records that i picked up from ebay. According to the seller these are 500 copies made of these. I don’t know how much truth there is in this statement since i’m having quite a difficult time finding any information about the label Doxy Records. Quite potentially a sellers trick that i somewhat fell for.

Count Basie – S/T (Doxy Records – DOX854)

I’m a little undecided whether or not i’m pleased with this purshase. Though in perfect condition it still is and always will be a reissue. I’ve just recently won an aution on ebay for an original copy that looked pretty good so togehter they will make a nice set i guess. I find it hard to price many of these reissues, for example there’s a reissue of the very nice cover to Trombone by Three on ebay right now for $70-80. A resonable price? It’s probably also not the best idea from a financial point of view to buy to many of these reissues if you’re still planning on sometime picking up an original. But at least you get something to put up on the wall before that happens.


More statistics…

Some more numbers on some of the more rare covers, once again gathered from popsike. Regarding A Program of Mexican Music there is a perhaps odd development in that it sold for high amounts before Marechal’s book was published only to drop down to more humane levels after it’s publication. The one marked in yellow is in euro, the one in red was and auction where the program brochure was included and the ones marked in green are auctions where both the blue and green verion of the cover was included.

Trombone by Three follows the same trend as many other rare covers with peaks during 2011 only to fall back somewhat in later years. It still sells for very high prices though so it’s not an album i will ever get a hold of. I find it a little strange that it had such an obvious peak during 2011 seeing that it was put up for auction quite a few times in the years before.

A Program of Mexican Music

Trombone by Three

The Joe Newman Octet – I’m Still Swinging

This is without a doubt my worst buy so far. I rarely see it on ebay and in a sudden case of… craziness(?) i actually must have thought that this one looked OK. Well, i really don’t know what i was thinking. But it is what it is.

The Joe Newman Octet – I’m Still Swinging (RCA Victor ‎– LPM-1198)

I haven’t seen this one on ebay much lately, and if it’s been up there i must have missed it. But hopefully it will be there soon because i badly need an upgrade. I can’t really remember when this happened but i obviously thought this was a good deal. Semi split seams, one corner completely torn off, a bit of writing, a sticker, smudgeing… There really isn’t anything positive to say about this cover. Yukk!


John Cale – Honi Soit

First and foremost there’s a very exciting package on the kitchen table here just screaming to be opened. But that will have to wait until tonight or early tomorrow morning. But on to this cover which is one of the first i added to my collection. I not particularly fond of this cover, i’ve read that Warhol initially provided the cover in black and white and that Cale himself decided to color it. I think it would have looked much better in black and white and i also recall reading somehere that Cale regretted his desicion later on. But what are you going to do, it is what it is.

John Cale – Honi Soit (A&M Records ‎– AMLH 64849)

Like i said this was one of the first additions once i decided to start collecting these cover. It was a stupid impulse purchase from discogs if my memory serves me correct. The cover is in decent condition, some wear to an area on the front from a price sticker i guess and some jagged edges. This one definately needs an upgrade in the future, it’s not too difficult to find in good condition at a resonable price. This copy won’t sell for much though so as usual it often gets pricey when you buy cheap.