Movie Prop Thief Caught On Tape UPDATE – Police Seek Help Finding Erick Duane Johnson


Law enforcement is seeking help finding a suspect in Portland, Oregon who they believe stole movie prop guns that were on display at Movie Madness (a Winchester rifle used by John Wayne in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) and a shotgun used by William Holden in The Wild Bunch (1969)).  As reported last week, the theft was captured on video tape.  Based on tips from the … [Read more...]

FBI: “William Mastro and Two Other Executives of Former Mastro Auctions Indicted for Allegedly Defrauding Bidders in Online and Live Auctions of Sports Memorabilia and Other Collectibles”


The Chicago Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation have published a press release update regarding the ongoing investigation of alleged sports memorabilia fraud involving former Mastro Auction executives.  Prosecutors claim that William Boehn, the Information Technology Director, made false statements to FBI agents.  According to the FBI press release,  the memorabilia … [Read more...]

Movie Prop Thief Caught On Tape – Police Seek Man Who Stole John Wayne & William Holden Prop Guns


Law enforcement is seeking help identifying and finding a man in Portland, Oregon who stole movie prop guns that were on display at Movie Madness - a Winchester rifle used by John Wayne in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) and a shotgun used by William Holden in The Wild Bunch (1969).  The theft was captured on video tape. … [Read more...]

Vintage Poster Scandal Update: Judge Sentences Kerry Haggard to over 6 years in Federal Prison and Orders to Pay $1,380,000 in Restitution to Victims


This is an update to the ongoing series of articles into various claims and charges of fraud in the posters, one sheets, and lobby cards art market that have rocked the collectibles industry over the past two and a half years. Today, per reports from Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, the Athens Banner-Herald, and other mainstream media sources, Kerry Haggard was sentenced by … [Read more...]

Judge Sentences eBay Entertainment Memorabilia Dealer to over 8 years in Federal Prison and Orders to Pay Nearly $175,000 in Restitution to Victims


As reported on last year (see "eBay Entertainment Memorabilia Dealer Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges in U.S. District Court"), eBay entertainment memorabilia dealer David Bruce Shyrock plead guilty to fraud charges in federal after defrauding over 1,200 eBay users out of nearly $175,000 by selling memorabilia with forged autographs on the popular online auction website.  Today, … [Read more...]

FBI Press Release: “Three Men Plead Guilty to Fraud Involving Sports Memorabilia”


As reported by various mainstream media outlets this week (New York Daily News original report, NY Daily News follow-up, Forbes, WREX-13), several memorabilia dealers plead guilty this week to fraud charges related to the sale of "game worn" sports jerseys.  Sentencing is scheduled for May 2012, and each maul fraud charge has a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and $250,000 … [Read more...]

TMZ Reports on Cease & Desist Sent to Profiles in History Over “Rocky” Boxing Gloves; Sylvester Stallone Claims They Are Not Authentic


TMZ today reports that auction house Profiles in History have been sent a letter by Lavely & Singer, litigation counsel for Sylvester Stallone, regarding Lot 1069 from their "Hollywood Auction 44" catalog, published yesterday.  Per the report and copy of the letter published by TMZ, Stallone's attorney claims that the "pair of screen-used Sylvester Stallone 'Rocky Balboa' … [Read more...]

Salt Lake Tribune Details Role of BYU in Cecil B. DeMille ‘Ten Commandments’ Film Archive, Contribution to Blu-Ray Release


An article published in today's Salt Lake Tribune provides a history of Bringham Young University's role in preserving an incredible archive of production material from Cecil B. DeMille's The Ten Commandments (1956), as well as the role of Utahns who were involved with the film and the famed director's respect for their reception of his classic film.  … [Read more...]