Saturday, October 27, 2007

Not a Rembrandt sells for $4.5 million

A painting given a reserve of £1,500 sold for more than £2m at auction after bidders became convinced it was a Rembrandt self portrait.

The work had hung on the wall of a house in Cirencester for several years before being sold in the town.

Philip Allwood - from Moore, Allen and Innocent - said he thought the portrait might be a Rembrandt but its owner said it had been checked and was not.

But bidders who drove the price up to £2m were convinced otherwise, he added.

Mr Allwood said he had to make sure the painting was not misdescribed in the auction room's catalogue.

"When I first saw it I said it looked very much like a Rembrandt and was assured by the client it had been checked out years ago and it wasn't," he said.

Deciding to do some more research on the painting, Mr Allwood spoke to the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam.

Experts there assured him that, while it was of the period of Rembrandt, it was "probably not" painted by him.

He said the auction house was not sure so was very careful not to misdescribe the painting in the catalogue.

"But on the day of the auction both the winner and under bidder seemed convinced it was genuine," Mr Allwood added.

"The buyer who wishes to remain anonymous seemed very relaxed spending that sort of money."


Saturday, October 13, 2007

Adam Hughes AH! Original art sketchbook @ $11,200.00

Check out the Adam Hughes original art "sketchbook" with 61 pieces of art up on eBay. I'll update this post after the auction ends with the realized price and more comments. Obviously there are many AH! original art collectors anxiously watching this auction.

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UPDATE: Sells for $11,200.00 with 32 bids. Let's see, that comes to about $183.61 a piece...

Sunday, October 7, 2007

Arthur Adams FF 551 cover sells for $7200.00

Was anyone else watching the Arthur Adams Fantastic Four 551 variant cover close on eBay for $7200.00 tonight? Gotta love the snipers. I guess I wasn't expecting it to go as high obviously but there are 2 bids over the $7k barrier. It's some big art, 13.75" by 20" and according to the description, the art fills most of the paper. And if you ever seen Arthur Adams art in person, then you know it's fully loaded with super details and his inking is meticulously tight. If you've ever seen him draw, he takes his time but the result is almost always a beautiful rendition. Kudos to the person who won this great looking cover.

I've still got a few Art Adams pieces for sale...
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