We all use experts in our business, and as an Appraiser, I’m no exception. When I see a potentially value a piece of art with an illegible signature, I employ the services of a forensic graphologist. These experts analyze handwriting (letter formation of cursive, print, drawings, graffiti) for many reasons. For art, when a signature has been identified in part or full, the artist can now be identified and researched in the marketplace, Graphologists also analyze handwriting for personality traits, behaviors, and fraud. They are an excellent resource for attorneys, auction galleries, dealers, mediators, therapists, and more. There are several in Palm Beach County, should you ever need help in this area. In the photo below, the illegible signature was determined to be a famous artist, Helen Frankenthaler.