I Am Totally A Phony CopyS

You've probably seen this before. The painting (above) isn't a copy. This is the real deal. This is "The M.K." that appeared at the very first I Am 8-Bit art show in 2005. It was painted by Jose Emroca Flores.

This painting (below) recently popped up on eBay with a starting bid of US$1,500. It is not the original M.K. painting, but rather, a hand painted copy. From the eBay page: "I'm selling my awesome painting of Mario an Princess Peach it a large painting and awesome for any video game collector. The painting depicts Mario and peach sitting on a question box looking dark and sinister. This is hand painted by me and it awesome i have many complements on this I hate to sell it. Have fun bidding"

I Am Totally A Phony CopyS

Nice painting! And while the seller does admit that he (or she) painted it, there is enough ambiguity to assume that this is the painting that appeared at I Am 8-Bit. How do we know it's not the real deal? Let's compare:

I Am Totally A Phony CopyS

Still don't believe me? "I personally own the original, so there's no doubting this as a fake," Jon Gibson, founder of I Am 8-Bit, tells Kotaku. "It hangs right above my fireplace."

The MK painting [eBay via Game Sniped]