Picasso, Rembrandt, Max offered in Orlando art event

ORLANDO, Fla. — More than 300 original and reprographic works of art by some of the most prominent names in fine art (like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro and Marc Chagall) and contemporary art (like Peter Max, LeRoy Neiman, Charles Fazzino and Nicola Simbari) will be sold at two live and Internet spring auctions by Baterbys Art Auction Gallery.

The May 29 sale will be conducted at Baterbys’ Pointe Orlando gallery, 9101 International Drive, Suite 1008, Orlando. The sale follows one held May 22 at Baterbys’ new Palm Beach Gallery, 13900 South Jog Road, Delray Beach.

The entire auctioneers’ premium for the sales will be donated to Give Kids the World, www.gktw.org, based in Kissimmee, Fla. The charity organization operates a 70-acre resort-style village specifically designed for children with special needs. Entertainment attractions, whimsical venues and fun are provided for children in need.

Bidders will peruse artwork in a range of themes, such as City Scenes, Biblical and Religious, Abstract and Realist. Online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and iCollector.com. Telephone and absentee bids also will be accepted. It is important to note, too, that unlike many other auctions, this one will have no buyer’s premium.

The spring auction is the second major sale of the year for Baterbys. Bidders will have the chance to win free works of art and other giveaways during spontaneous raffles held throughout the auction. Everyone will receive a free print valued at $100 just for attending.

Following are some anticipated highlights of the auction, with high and low estimates.

Baterbys has secured several signed reprints of original etchings by the Dutch master, Rembrandt. One work, titled “Christ and the Woman of Samaria, Among Ruins,” circa 1634, measures 6 inches by 5 inches and is expected to bring $3,000 to $4,000. The piece was signed in the etching plate by Rembrandt (1606-1669).

An original oil on canvas by the German artist Alfred Gockel (b. 1952), titled “Caribbean Blue,” is estimated to hit $8,000 to $9,000. The work is sizable, 59 inches by 39 inches, and signed by the artist. Gockel had his first artwork released by a German publisher at age 8. Today, he owns his own publishing firm and he publishes his own prints and limited-edition silk screens.

The iconic pop artist Peter Max (b. 1937) will be well-represented in this auction, with two signed serigraphs on paper expected to do particularly well. Both are from the artist’s Disney Suite. One depicts Donald Duck and the other Goofy. Both measure 15-3/4 inches by 13-3/4 inches and both are from limited editions of 500 prints. They each carry estimates of $3,000 to $4,000.

Pino (born Giuseppe Dangelico) is an Italian artist noted for his exceptional ability to capture the movements and expressions of his subjects, as seen in the hand-embellished giclee on canvas work titled “Precious Moments,” which is estimated at $4,500 to $5,000. Measuring 36 inches by 48 inches, this signed giclee is one of only 95 copies produced.

Fernando de Jesus Oliveira (b. 1946), the artist simply called “Ferjo,” was born in Brazil but has become one of the most compelling artists on the American scene today. His extensive studies culminated in surrealistic, lyric interpretations of famous artistic motifs. Ferjo’s 16-inch-by-16-inch original oil on canvas titled “Picasso’s Unwritten Melody” should bring $4,000 to $4,500. Mississippi-born artist Jackie Holland Berkley’s original acrylic on canvas, done circa 2006 and titled “Portside #15,” is expected to cross the block at $2,000 to $2,500. The signed work measures 30 inches by 30 inches. Berkley’s work has been exhibited at many galleries and in the corporate offices of Disney, Exxon, Universal Studios, Federal Express and the Ritz-Carlton.

Baterbys offers its clients something unique in the industry: a lifetime money-back guarantee of authenticity for each work of art it sells. For more information on Baterbys and the firm’s upcoming auctions, visit www.baterbys.com.

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