New “Global Antiques” Hollywood Memorabilia Dealer on eBay (Michael Jackson, Star Wars, Wizard of Oz)

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eBay dealer "moniemon92" - with an account created in 2007 but with no recorded transactions until a few weeks ago - has listed a number of items for sale with "Global Antiques" certificates of authenticity.  These auction offerings are dominated by listings of items owned/autographed by the recently deceased Michael Jackson.  … [Read more...]

“Global Antiques” & “Auction Depot LA” Update: Victim Secures $18,000 Settlement & Deferred Judgment Following Lawsuit

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One of the lead investigations conducted last year involved "original" memorabilia offered for sale with certificates of authenticity from "Global Antiques", signed by Greg Jones.  Pieces were sold on eBay via  "Auction Depot LA" and "Auction Shop USA".  These accounts were suspended by eBay, and one of the collectors who purchased a number of items from these … [Read more...]

Screen-Match Examples Series: Rush Hour LAPD Credentials

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Back in April 2007, I published an article titled "Screen-Match Examples", which presented photos of props which "match" stills from movie and television featuring that same original prop or wardrobe piece.  Given that this is a popular topic in the hobby, I thought I would develop this into a series of articles feautring additional examples.  This update presents a match from … [Read more...]

AntiqueWeek Feature on “Global Antiques”

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The latest edition of AntiqueWeek includes a front page feature by Eric C. Rodenberg on the Global Antiques props sold on eBay by Auction Depot LA, Auction Shop USA, and Historic Souvenirs.  Per their website, AntiqueWeek has "the largest paid circulation of any antiques and collectibles newspaper in the United States".  The full story can be read online at antiqueweek.com - … [Read more...]

More From the Los Angeles Times: “Scammers Exploit Online Trust Factor”

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David Colker of the Los Angeles Times has written a follow-up story to Harriet Ryan's piece published on the front page Wednesday (see Los Angeles Times Feature on Global Antiques, Thoughts on Los Angeles Times "Global Antiques" Feature).  The new article, "Scammers exploit online trust factor", opens quoting the core value that eBay was founded on - "people are basically good" … [Read more...]

Thoughts on Los Angeles Times “Global Antiques” Feature

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I wanted to share some thoughts and reactions to this week's feature in the Los Angeles Times about the "Global Antiques" auctions on eBay.  Overall, I am very pleased to see the issue presented to a huge audience, and I think the reporter, Ms. Ryan, did an excellent job of giving voice and perspective to a wide array of principals and relevant third parties.  My interest is to … [Read more...]

Los Angeles Times Feature on “Global Antiques”

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Tomorrow's edition of the Los Angeles Times includes a feature by Harriet Ryan on the Global Antiques props sold on eBay by Auction Depot LA, Auction Shop USA, and Historic Souvenirs.  The full story can be read online at latimes.com - "Internet citizen posses investigate some sellers" - also archived below: … [Read more...]