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Garth Brooks turns fake into treasure

Singer signs fan's guitar after discovering fraud on auction site
/ Source: The Associated Press

One Garth Brooks fan who spent $1,200 to buy a guitar signed by the country singer — only to find out it was a fake — has received an authentic signature.

Toby Bradley, 34, a long-haul trucker, put the guitar up for auction on eBay in January hoping to raise $50,000 for Asian tsunami victims.

Brooks’ attorney saw the eBay listing and asked Bradley to send it to him so the signature could be verified. It turned out to be fake, but Brooks signed the guitar and sent it back to Bradley.

Bradley was on the road when the guitar arrived at his home last week, but his wife told him the news.

“I appreciate that they made it authentic,” Bradley said in a telephone interview with the Yakima Herald-Republic.

He said he was disappointed that he had not talked directly to Brooks, but still thinks Brooks is the greatest entertainer of all time.