Buying Norman Rockwell Paintings: The Ultimate Collector Dream
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Owning actual original Norman Rockwell paintings is akin to owning stock in a fortune 500 company.
Both are worth lots of money and both should appreciate in value over the years. But that is where the similarities end.
Depending on your decor, you can't hang stock certificates on your wall like you can with a original Rockwell painting. At least I think the painting would look much better anyway.
With an original painting, you can see the brush strokes. This is next to impossible unless you are looking at the original. You get a much better feel of his art when you can look at the original paintings.
Occasionally a Rockwell painting turns up for sale. An original brings a high six figure price nowadays. Actually, six figures would be a great bargain for some of the more famous Norman Rockwell Orginial paintings. Most people who own original Rockwells hold on to them.
A original Norman Rockwell is really a keepsake. He is not painting any more of them.
Beware of Fakes
I have seen what was advertised as an original Norman Rockwell painting of JFK on eBay. The starting bid was $2000. That would be such an incredible bargain if it was not a fake. However, I believe that it was a fake. No one in their right mind would sell original Rockwell paintings for that low price.
One famous Rockwell original, Breaking Home Ties, recently (2006) sold at auction for $15,416,000 (USD) by Sotheby's New York. The pre-auction estimate was $4,000,000 to $6,000,000. Other recent auction sales of Norman Rocwell paintings include Homecoming Marine from 1945 (sold in 2006) and Gary Cooper as The Texan from 1930 (sold in 2007).
More Affordable Norman Rockwell Paintings
While not exactly an original, GlobalGallery.com offers canvas reproductions of 164 different Norman Rockwell paintings. I have not bought one yet, but the price was quite affordable.
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Norman Rockwell Quotes:
I'll never have enough time to paint all the pictures I'd like to.
No man with a conscience can just bat out illustrations. He's got to put all his talent and feeling into them!
Some people have been kind enough to call me a fine artist. I've always called myself an illustrator. I'm not sure what the difference is. All I know is that whatever type of work I do, I try to give it my very best. Art has been my life.
Right from the beginning, I always strived to capture everything I saw as completely as possible.
The secret to so many artists living so long is that every painting is a new adventure. So, you see, they're always looking ahead to something new and exciting. The secret is not to look back.
I can take a lot of pats on the back. I love it when I get admiring letters from people. And, of course, I'd love it if the critics would notice me, too.
You must first spend some time getting your model to relax. Then you'll get a natural expression.
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