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Art Tragedy Could Have Been Avoided

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Imagine untrained individuals dripping household epoxy  glue on the surface of King Tut’s funerary mask.  This incident took place recently at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. However, a similar occurrence took place in a small museum in Arizona approximately three years ago, permanently disfiguring a pristine sculpture made of polished clay.

In Egypt proper protocol was not followed.  Professional conservators were not involved.  Irreversible materials were not used.

Avoid mistakes in handling damaged artworks by seeking reliable conservation referrals.

The American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works (referred to in the trade as the AIC) is one source of conservation referrals.

Professional conservators have expertise in different materials, dating from different time periods.  There are specialists in textiles, books and paper, paintings. objects, photographic materials, wooden artifacts.  Some painting conservators are familiar with contemporary pigments, while others are practiced at more traditional materials used during the 19th century or earlier.

Corinne Cain of

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Extremely Happy Ending !!!

Monday, January 19th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Four framed prints for $200, all by the same artist purchased locally.

One of the four is the artist’s single most preferred print.  Currently another impression of this print is offered by the dealer best known for handling this artist’s work for $15,000.

Talk about making someone’s day !

Lovely sharing such uplifting news to someone who bought what she liked:  art with a bonus aspect.

Corinne Cain, ASA

Accredited Senior Appraiser/
Personal Property/ Fine Arts & American Indian Arts

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Scottsdale’s Museum of the West Due to Open Thursday January 15

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015 | Exhibition news, General | No Comments

An abundance of cowboy spurs, saddles, all types of memorabilia First rate historic and contemporary Western paintings and sculptures Superb American Indian paintings, pottery and textiles Arizona women artists’ paintings to include Georgia O’Keefe and Kate Cory A cowboy wall-to-floor mural you can be a part of, for an entirely unique selfie

Enjoy this entirely NEW 40,000 square foot museum located at  the northwestern corner of Marshall Way and First Street in Scottsdale, AZ

 Corinne Cain of

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Fake Norman Rockwell Appraised as Authentic by a “Certified Appraiser”

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

An appraiser purported to be a “Certified Appraiser by the Appraisers Association of America” in 1994 commented “the brush strokes, the painting texture and the draftsmanship consistent with Rockwell’s technique.  The type of faces and expressions are typical of his characters in other paintings as well”.

In spite of the reality that the painting was NOT RECORDED in Rockwell’s archives, the appraiser continued “In my opinion, (it) is an original by Norman Rockwell with all the humor and artistic quality that Rockwell created in all his works”.

The painting was later determined to be an illustration for a Mobil Oil advertisement by Harold Anderson, titled Patching Pants.  Someone had painted Rockwell’s signature over Anderson’s signature.

Value difference was determined to be $20,000, if by Anderson versus over $1 million if by Norman Rockwell.

Unless an appraiser is the leading authority on a particular artist, the appraiser’s opinion of an artwork’s authorship has little credence in the art world.  The appraiser is expected to interface with the leading authority, when an element of the painting’s authorship is in question.  As Rockwell’s archives did not chronicle the painting, due diligence mandates an effort on the part of the appraiser to find support outside of the appraiser’s personal opinion.

Whether an appraiser is certified, accredited or knighted, that individual needs to seek verification outside of his/her personal belief.

Corinne Cain, ASA, Accredited Senior Appraiser, Personal Property/ Fine Arts & American Indian Arts

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LA Art Show January 14- 18 !

Sunday, January 4th, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, Exhibition news, General | No Comments


Something for everyone at the LA CONVENTION CENTER, SOUTH HALL J & K, 1201 South Figueroa Street, Los Angeles, California  90015

Wear COMFORTABLE SHOES because 200,000 square feet of exhibition space featuring 120 different galleries/ dealers from 22 different countries means you will be on the move !

Expected are no less than 20,000 art works to scrutinize !!!

Jack Rutberg (Jack Rutberg Fine Arts) will likely offer modern artworks of consequence, while Howard Rehs (Rehs Galleries) presents his niche of 19th century paintings and perhaps some contemporary examples.  Michael Verne (The Verne Collection)  hosts a myriad of fine Japanese woodblock prints.

To see who the other 117 dealer/ galleries are:

Purchase tickets online to save a little money and a lot of time, waiting in line !  Here is the link for online tickets.

The more you see, the more discerning you become . . .

Corinne Cain of

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Highest $ Auctioned Art in 2014

Thursday, January 1st, 2015 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Property from a Distinguished Private Collection Alberto Giacometti Chariot Inscribed with the signature A. Giacometti,  with foundry mark Alexis Rudier Fondeur Paris and numbered 2/6 Painted bronze on wooden base Height: 57 in.; 144.7 cm Conceived and cast in 1950

Chariot (1950) by Alberto Giacometti
Painted bronze on wood from an edition of 6
Measuring 57″ height X 26″ X 26″
one of only two painted examples
Sold for $90 million at Sotheby’s NY in November 2014

Remaining list is as follows:

Barnett Newman (painting, 1961)    $75 million
Andy Warhol  (Ferus Type, 1963)    $73 million
Francis Bacon  (painting, 1984)    $72 million
Amedeo Modigliani  (sculpture, 1912)    $63 million
Francis Bacon  (painting, 1966)    $62 million
Cy Twombly  (painting, 1970)    $62 million
Andy Warhol  (painting, 1966)    $62 million
Mark Rothko  (painting, 1952)    $59 million
Edouard Manet  (painting, 1881)    $58 million

All but one of the auctions took place in New York (Francis Bacon sold in London).  All but Manet’s artwork was produced in the 20th century.  Five (5) of the artworks were created by American artists.

The top tier of the art market has become $10 million and up.  How many artworks were sold in excess of $10 million at auction ?  We will never know what price thresholds have been with respect to private sales through dealers and brokers world wide.

In 2013 the highest auction price for an artwork ever sold at auction took place at Christie’s New York, at which time Francis Bacon’s Three Studies of Lucian Freud sold for $127 million.

'Three Studies of Lucian Freud', by Francis Bacon

Corinne Cain of

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2nd Weekend in January 2015 — Taste and Texture Arts Festival

Monday, December 29th, 2014 | Exhibition news, General | No Comments

Amado Peña, A Tribute to the Plains, acrylic, 24 x 36.

Amado Pena’s acrylic painting  24″ X 36″

January 10 – 11 (Sat & Sun) 2015

10 am – 4 pm

Litchfield Elementary School 
255 East Wigwam Boulevard, Litchfield Park, AZ 85340

Over 100 Native American artists

Jewelry, painting, pottery, sculpture, weaving
Hoop dancing
American Indian musical bands
Artist demonstrations
Culinary demonstrations by an American Indian chef, Nephi Craig

Admission is $10 (adults), $5 (child)

“Big Eyes” (the movie) !

Wednesday, December 24th, 2014 | General | No Comments

Christmas day, 25 December, “Big Eyes” the movie debuts !!!

Sometimes real life is extra fascinating !


Margaret Keane’s Market Before and During “Big Eyes” the Movie

Monday, December 22nd, 2014 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Having heard about an upcoming major motion picture “Big Eyes” in August 2014, I wondered what kind of impact it might have on this American artist’s market on Ebay.  Ebay was chosen for its transparent nature.

By coincidence, a painting offered on Ebay on August 31, 2014 by Keane featuring a single “big eye” found no buyers.  It is pictured below.  However on November 30, 2014, once promotion of the movie began to ramp up a bit, this same painting was purchased for $8,500.  Three months earlier, the same painting offered on Ebay by the same seller found no takers at $8,500.00 or best offer.

Big Blue Eye

Margaret Keane born in 1927 is alive.  “Big Eyes” the movie exposes her regrettable decision to allow her husband to take credit for executing Margaret’s paintings.  It is a compelling story that any feminist will applaud, once she reversed that decision. Over the last few decades Margaret Keane’s standing in the erudite fine art tier of the art market was not enviable.  Her work often fell into the “cute” category amongst art historians and beyond.  I will continue to chart the price profile of her paintings in the months ahead out of curiosity.

Stimulation of art prices can be predictable and then sometimes it isn’t.  We don’t always experience an acceleration of demand following a major museum exhibition or following the publication of a coffee table book filled with richly printed illustrations.

Corinne Cain of

To date the painting by Margaret Keane selling for the highest price sold for Best Offer against an asking price of $14,995.00  We only know its price was greater than the tiny painting above measuring 4″ height X 5″ width (canvas size).  The higher priced painting measured 24″ height X 18″ width (canvas size) and it sold on December 15, 2014.

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Fake or Fortune BBC on You Tube

Sunday, December 14th, 2014 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Can you resist an hour of advanced learning about the ins and outs of art authentication on  your computer, free of charge?  Stop it when you need a snack or when the doorbell rings.  Restart when ready.

The BBC beginning in 2011 enlisted Philip Mould (a UK art dealer of note) and Fiona Bruce (a most attractive UK newscaster) to chaperone us through the process of gauging the authenticity of paintings associated with:

  • Chagall
  • Constable
  • Degas
  • Gainsborough
  • Homer
  • Monet
  • Rembrandt
  • Turner
  • Van Dyck
  • Vuillard

Here is the link:                                             

Each artist above is associated with one episode, plus an additional show introduces us to the Dutch master forger Han Van Meegeren, known as one of the boldest modern art forgers of the 20th century.

Pay attention to the issues of conservation, expertise criteria and corresponding politics, associated costs for this kind of exploration (some might call it art gambling).

Corinne Cain of

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