Daryle Lambert’s 31 Club Blog:
Today’s Photo: Lynn Bogue Hunt, “Blue-Fin Tuna” sold for $126,000 at Copley Fine Art Auction.
I’ve talked about the value of some fishing lures and their boxes in a past Blog at the main blog site at www.31corp.com as well as duck decoys and some that have sold for over $1,000,000. But, today I want to expose you to an area of the Fine Art Market that isn’t so closely followed, and that is hunting and fishing paintings – or sporting paintings.
These types of paintings are commanding higher and higher prices with each auction. It seems that the market simply can’t get enough of these paintings to satisfy the would be buyers. The great thing about sporting paintings is that they appeal to several markets, and these markets bid against each one another to purchase the better pieces. First you have the outdoor sportsmen that love the sport, and then there are the collectors of individual artist’s works. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the collectors who just like paintings of the great outdoors.
I could list some of the greatest artist in the world that have painted hunting and fishing scenes, but I thought I would share some with you that might not come to mind quickly.
Alexander Pope’s,”Hunters Still Life” sold for $187,000. Or how about the $143,750 a buyer paid at Cobb’s Auction for Philip Russell Goodwin’s, “Unexpected Game” in 2002. Let’s not leave out Lynn Bogue Hunt and his painting called “Bluefin Tuna” that crossed the auction block for $126,000, after having been estimated to bring in between $15,000-20,000. These artists aren’t household names, and you might run across one of their paintings some day. I did, and it was a painting by Frederick Morgan I sold for $115,000.
To my surprise, often watercolors in the hunting and fishing paintings seem to bring as much as the oils. Frank Benson’s watercolor “Gulls at Sea” brought $153,500, while Aiden Lassell Ripley’s watercolor painting titled “Rising Woodcocks” was hammered at $41,400. I think you will find that these are very favorable prices in the watercolor market.
Some have ask why I give examples of paintings that sell for so much money when they think their chances of ever finding a painting that will bring them the large bucks is unlikely. The reason is that I personally know so many people that have done just that, so why couldn’t it be you?
Don’t ever assume a picture on the wall is a print. Be sure to examine any hunting or fishing pictures very closely. Today there are so many watercolors in these fields that the supply is almost endless and these valuable watercolors can very easily be passed over as prints.
The hunters will soon be in the fields and the fishermen on the lakes, but the money is on peoples walls, so keep a keen eye out for these paintings.
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