Sketching The Dead – And Then Selling Them On eBay

s-l1600 (3)"Ducoso" is a man who sells sketches and art pieces from a variety of mostly dead creators on eBay. Of late there have been many allegations that the hundreds of sketches he is and has been selling for three figures are fake.

Such as Terry Beatty saying of this supposedly-by-Tim Burton sketch from nightmare Before Christmas that sold for $102,

Dealer in fake comic art, "Ducoso," currently has this bogus Tim Burton drawing up for bid. Does anyone in my circle know Burton or anyone who's worked with him, who could get him respond to this?

Likewise the estates of Charles Schulz, Walt Disney and Charles Addams — all of whom are represented in this rip off artist's current offerings. It'd be awfully nice to get him shut down.

s-l1600 (4)Or of J David Spurlock who wrote, of this piece, currently on sale, purporting to be a Dracula sketch by the late Gene Colan,

STOP THIS CRIMINAL! EVERY Gene COLAN fan should REPORT this fraud! Go to the item on ebay. Click on REPORT ITEM > copyright > forgery.

Roger McKenzie also says,

I had the awesome great fortune–and honor– to work with Gene Colan on some Dracula stories. THAT is NOT his work. Not even close.

I e-mailed "Ducoso" who told me

Many jealous people out there. Do you see one comment about a dissatisfied expert customer ? NO. All my customers know their stuff and are happy with the Original drawings I sell them. Do not listen to negative talks. It is not worth the effort. Thanks Peter.

Well, Peter, I did ask someone else. John Romita Jr.  

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Who told me, regarding these two pieces sold by Peter on eBay purporting to be by his father, John Romita, Sr.

The Romita Sr. head sketch is fake, definitely. Even the pencil sketch looks iffy, but the signatures look authentic.

Here are some more for you to argue over the whos and the hows…

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This Mickey Mouse piece that sold for over $700

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This Grinch Dr Suess piece for $660

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This Maurice Sendak piece for $330

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Shigeru Miyamoto for $233

And more and more and more…

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About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.
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