NEW YORK - It has been known and documented for several decades that one of the best ways to start collecting fine art is in the field of graphic art and multiples. But more to the point, printed images by very well known artists can be purchased for just a fraction of what it would cost to buy a painting or drawing by these artists. So we thought it both fun and educational to show what one could purchase with $100,000 in the forthcoming sale of Prints and multiples being held October 31 – November 1, in New York.
Should you like to assemble an “instant collection” of five great prints, we would suggest, in no particular order (shown from left to right below), the De Kooning lithograph, Reflections, estimated at a mere $7,000-10,000, Picasso’s colorful Vase de Fleurs, estimate $25,000-35,000, Miro’s early surrealist image, Femme au Miroir, $20,000-30,000, Gerhard Richter’s Ice 2, estimated at $20,000-30,000 and a Picasso ceramic platter, Jacqueline au Chevalet, which has a pre-sale estimate of $15,000-20,000.
For approximately $100,000 you could buy three iconic images (shown below from left to right), Toulouse-Lautrec’s elegant May Belfort, estimated at $30,000-40,000, Picasso’s classic Femme Torero II, $35,000-50,000, and Lucian Freud’s intricate and intriguing etching, Woman on a Bed, $20,000-30,000.
And to spend $100,000 for only one lot in the sale you could get Roy Lichtenstein’s Bull Series, estimated at $80,000-120,000 which is comprised of six mixed media color prints, showing the artist’s progression from representation to abstraction.
Roy Lichtenstein’s Bull Profile Series, 1973.
Quickly browse through the online catalogue to see hundreds of graphic works by the most celebrated artists of the 19th through the 21st centuries.