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“ARTHUR FELLIG WEEGEE FAMOUS PHOTOGRAPHER NYC Old Photo Negative 190A”

“You are bidding on a guaranteed authentic 4X5 original negative as shown- This negative is from the PM New York City Daily News between 1940 – 1948.”

Images and words, above, copied from ebay.

Sold for $415.00

The seller will even sell you a print (8×10 – 24×36) of the negative, and for $35 send you a CD of the “Photoshopped” image “that you can use for your reproductions.”

And the photographer was?

“Weegee Tries His Hand with the Flickers.” Perhaps a slight variant image was published on February 1947…

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“OLSEN AND JOHNSON WINTER GARDEN BY WEEGEE NYC Old Photo Negative 254A”

“You are bidding on a guaranteed authentic 4X5 original negative as shown- This negative is from the PM New York City Daily News between 1940 – 1948.”

All above words and images are copied from ebay.

Sold for $34.00

The seller will even sell you a print (8×10 – 24×36) of the negative, and for $35 send you a CD of the “Photoshopped” image “that you can use for your reproductions.”

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“JOSEPH MCWILLIAMS WW2 ACTIVIST BY WEEGEE NYC Old Photo Negative 255A”

“You are bidding on a guaranteed authentic 4X5 original negative as shown- This negative is from the PM New York City Daily News between 1940 – 1948.”

All words and images above are copied from ebay.

Sold for $45.00

The seller will even sell you a print (8×10 – 24×36) of the negative, and for $35 send you a CD of the “Photoshopped” image “that you can use for your reproductions.”

Activist? “JOSEPH MCWILLIAMS WW2 ACTIVIST” according to the ebay seller… Fascist, yes… Don’t think McWilliams has been called a World War Two activist in a long time… “Fascist-type candidate for his American Destiny party for Congressman…” is how PM referred to McWilliams on July 8, 1940…

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(Images are screen shots from eBay.)

Finally, after a several years, 

“Weegee Original Photograph 1940’s NYC stamped and framed” and “Beautiful original vintage silver gelatin photograph by the famous Weegee,measures 3×5 in.Here’s your chance to own a piece of photographic history.With Weegee stamp on verso.In good condition especially for it”s age and rarity 10×10 with frame the frame alone cost 100.00” (quotes from eBay)

 has been sold… 

For a mere $73.22…

 (Reflection of a shadow… Reflection of “photographic history”… Reflection of fraud…)
A good example of a bad fraud…

Since this is an online filing cabinet let’s look quickly at a few recent (June 6, 2015) Weegee on eBay results, and file this under auctions…

Vint 1930s WEEGEE / HANDSOME MAN STREET PROFILE Photo / EXCELLENT

Sold for $99.00 [1 bid]
The seller was americanphotowork.
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Was this photo made by Weegee?
Hard to prove from the limited information on an eBay auction. Wonder what the provence is.
We are going to express our opinion: We don’t think the photo was “stamped by the artist,” it doesn’t appear to be in “excellent condition,” and we don’t think it was made in the “1930s”.
We are going to express our opinion: the photo was not made by Weegee…

Images from eBay:
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If that “handsome man” in “New York city” looks familiar, perhaps that’s because the photo appeared on eBay before. In April 2013, photoshoot2012 sold a pair of, as we call them, “phony Weegee photos” for $199…

Since this is an online filing cabinet let’s look quickly at a few recent (June 6, 2015) Weegee on eBay results, and file this under auctions…

Weegee 1940’s silver Gelatin silver stamped “trumpet man”

Sold for $71.00
Seller was photoart50

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Maybe the photo is a “silver Gelatin silver.”
Maybe the photo is stamped, by someone, not necessarily by Weegee.
The subject is not a “trumpet man,” he’s not playing the trumpet, perhaps a clarinet, and the subject is not “Architecture & Cityscape.”
“Weegee In great condition for its age and rarity” – is meaningless.

Was this photo made by Weegee?
Hard to prove from the limited information on an eBay auction. Wonder what the provence is.
We are going to express our opinion: the photo was not made by Weegee… It’s a good example of a bad Weegee imitation… (Is this ignorance or fraud?)

A variant image appeared on eBay a few years ago. Surprisingly the images are in focus…
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