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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.

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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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Antique Tribal Dealers Association – Who are They ?

Thursday, November 13th, 2014 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

The Antique Tribal Art Dealers Association, ATADA, was established in 1988 to set ethical and professional standards for the trade and to provide education for the public.

To experience our latest publication, click on this link

  • Dealers are introduced in depth, as are collectors.
  • Scholarly articles are shared about specific types of items.
  • Pertinent legislation is revealed.
  • Upcoming Ethnographic show dates are identified.

Members are listed alphabetically on their website

When you visit ATADA’s website, you can view previous issues of their quarterly publication.

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Arizona Collectibles Channel 8 PBS

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 | Exhibition news, General | No Comments

To experience Corinne Cain’s participation in this program, the following dates include her 3 minute segments between 7:30  and 8 pm

  • September 11 (2nd episode)
  • October 9        (5th episode)
  • October 23      (7th episode)
  • November 13  (10th episode)
  • November 20  (11th episode)
  • December 11    (12th episode)

OR To watch episodes already aired on your computer,  Arizona Collectibles

Should you wish to submit items for next year’s show, Submit your items will get you to a form to complete.

Perhaps we will see you in the flesh on Arizona Collectibles next year !

Corinne Cain of


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Bronze Casting Fully Revealed

Friday, October 3rd, 2014 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Christie Book Jumping Cholla 3 inch

Bronze sculptor Keith Christie invested two (2) years to produce a book pictorially showing every step in creating a warm cast bronze, from the handling of the wax through the final patina treatment.  Descriptive text accompanying photograph after photograph makes this book a more complete learning experience than you could accomplish by visiting the nearest bronze foundry several days in a row.

Where to find this magnificent tool for learning ?  Try Amazon  Several copies are currently available for purchase.  Jumping Cholla:  Genesis of a Bronze Sculpture was originally published in 1982, through Northland Press (Flagstaff, AZ), which is no longer in business.

Jumping Cholla is an especially dynamic bronze casting by Christie.  Recently  a casting was donated to a new museum opening in Scottsdale, Arizona perhaps before the end of 2014–Scottsdale’s Museum of the West.

Corinne Cain of

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Arizona Collectibles PBS Channel 8

Wednesday, August 27th, 2014 | Collector Savvy tips, General | No Comments

Thursday 4 Sept 2014

7:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Channel 8 PBS

13 episodes

designed to educate collectors of every imaginable type of art, antique or collectible assembled by genuine Arizona residents

Join Kateri Weiss


Corinne Cain

along with other professional appraisers

narrated by Mary Beth McDonald of KEZ

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Room 43 El Rey Inn Wed – Sun (Aug 20-24)

Saturday, August 16th, 2014 | Collector Savvy tips, Exhibition news, General | No Comments

Coming to investigate Santa Fe’s Indian Market 2014 ?

10 am – 9 pm Aug 20-24  Wed – Sunday

1862 Cerillos Road

El Rey Inn (lodgings with extreme personality)

Room 43 will be debuting noteworthy jewelry and some astonishing paintings, many not previously offered.

PLUS !  Corinne and Kateri will be present to meet and greet you 10 am – 9 pm

Cell phones                   602 703 -1633            or            602 828 -9686

You may also want to discuss future consignments or your specific want list. rehomes many items without putting them online, due to our loyal client base, individuals who identify their needs and wants.

Hope your summer is wonderful !

Corinne Cain of

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Arizona PBS–All New Show–Arizona Collectibles

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014 | General | No Comments

Curious about the value of your collectibles?

  • American Indian items
  • antiques
  • Asian ceramics
  • books
  • firearms
  • furniture
  • glassware
  • jewelry
  • oriental rugs
  • paintings
  • prints
  • sculpture
  • silver
  • toys

Saturday & Sunday April 5 & 6

Call for information to receive admission tickets 602 496-2877


Submit photographs through an email by March 25, 2014


Mail photographs to

Arizona Collectibles 555 North Central Avenue #500  Phoenix, AZ    85004-1252

Items must not weigh over 50 pounds

Any firearms must be made before 1900 is their website

Corinne Cain, ASA will be present to value your Fine Arts.

Hope to see you there !

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Appraisal Day at the Heard Museum 22 March 2014

Monday, March 17th, 2014 | General | No Comments


22 March 2014

10 am – 2 pm

Heard Museum

2301 North Central Avenue (between McDowell & Thomas Road, east side of Central)

Phoenix, AZ    85004

$30 for the first item

$25 for the second item

$20 for each item beyond the first two

American Indian baskets, jewelry, kachinas, paintings and original prints, pottery, sculpture, weavings as well as Pre-Columbian pottery.

Corinne Cain, ASA (Accredited Senior Appraiser) will be there to appraise along with several knowledgeable dealers, the funds benefiting the Heard Museum.

Recommend arriving at the museum PRIOR to 10 am to minimize your wait time.  Saturdays are precious to most of us.

Corinne Cain of

Questions?  Call  602 252-8840

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Savvy’s 1st Collector Sale online & in Phoenix

Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 | General | No Comments

Saturday & Sunday  November 23 and 24  8 am – 4 pm

Delbert Buck Navajo Mother & Papoose

Unique and Beautiful gift items at unbelievable prices !!!

Art           Pottery     Sculpture     Western Bookends     Masks   Textiles     Basketry

100′s of auction catalogues

326 West Harmont Drive    Phoenix, AZ    85021   602 906 1633

also click on our Collector’s Sale button on the right nav bar on

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