Mom will be 84 in a couple of months and her husband, R, is 79 and suffering from his fourth bout with bladder cancer. He also has emphysema. They plan to be moving into a hotel next year and they have been doing a lot of house cleaning. We visited today and came home with a box of baseball cards from the 1980s, and some art prints or lithos, not sure which, of some relatively unknown artists.
The art is not our taste and we don’t have the room for hanging them. We will also be inheriting six original gold paintings and we already don’t know where they will be displayed in our home. Our first thoughts turned to selling the art prints.
Of course, we looked up the most popular of the three artists, Emile Bellet, on Ebay, and his work is being priced at a couple hundred dollars each. One is exactly the same as ours and one vender had it priced at $600. All of this dealer’s auctions of the Bellet prints were ending today or tomorrow and had no bids. That should say something about how easy it is to sell art today. Not huge sums by any means, but selling one or two would certainly help me pay for groceries, and otherwise they’ll just sit rolled up in their cardboard tubes. Maybe we should keep them for a while?
Then if we do want to sell them, how do I know if these are lithographs, serigraphs, or something else, like glicee/gilcee? I tried to research it on line, but most sources said you really have to study the various printing forms.
Are we wrong for wanting to sell this small inheritance? I feel a little guilty about looking up the artists and finding out what their art is worth. Still, the paintings are not our style at all, and R bought hoping they would be worth money some day. Maybe now is the day? And, frankly, we could really use the money.
As I mentioned, there are other paintings we will inherit one day. We like these paintings a lot and don’t plan to try to sell them, but they will require cleaning after hanging in the smokers’ home for the past 35 years. Any one out there in the blogosphere know where I should go to have paintings done in gold leaf cleaned of tobacco smoke? And speaking of tobacco, does anyone know if it is possible to eliminate the smell of smoke from books?