‘Turn art into quick cash’ at Feb. 19 discovery consignment sale

ORLANDO, Fla. — Owners of original and reproduction works of art are invited to “Turn Your Art Into Quick Cash” by Baterbys Art Auction Gallery for its first-ever Discovery Consignment Auction, slated for Feb. 19, 2011 at the firm’s Palm Beach County Gallery and Feb. 26 at the Orlando Gallery.

Many highly collectible works  already have been consigned for the sale (officially called the 2011 Winter Auction). Chief among these are an original oil on canvas portrait rendering of boxing legend Joe Louis by iconic pop culture artist LeRoy Neiman (circa 1960, estimate $100,000); and several original works by Florida’s Highwaymen.

The Highwaymen were a loosely associated group of young African-American artists who eked out a living, mainly in the Fort Pierce area of Florida, from the 1950s to the 1970s. They were so-named because they would sell their landscapes — often still wet — on the side of the highway, or out of the trunk of a car. Today, their works are in high demand. The Baterbys auction will feature works by the Highwaymen Harold Newton, Alfred Hair and James Gibson. Newton and Hair were probably the very first Highwaymen. Both men were taken under the wing of an established white painter named Albert “Beanie” Backus, in 1954. Backus encouraged first Newton, and later Hair, to paint sweeping Florida landscapes.

Many featured artists, such as Marc Chagall, Isaac Maimon, Elena Bond, Michel Rozenvain and Fernando de Jesus (who goes by the simple moniker “Ferjo”), will be featured in the sale:

  • Marc Chagall is driven by passion. His colorful compositions are celebrations of life. His 9 1/2-inch-by-13-inch color lithograph on paper titled “The Red Angel” will be sold. It depicts a vivacious circus scene where figures dance and celebrate life in harmony.
  • Isaac Maimon is known for his portrayals of Parisian café society that romanticize leisure and decadence. His serigraph on paper titled “Cabaret” (circa 1993) will be for sale. It depicts characters living in luxury, reveling in a fanciful and indulgent life.
  • Elena Bond experiments with different media, techniques and subjects to create compositions infused with a passion for expression. Her painting “Artist’s Café” gives bidders a chance to own an artwork by someone on the brink of superstardom.
  • Michael Rozenvain’s Russian background lends a certain nostalgic feel to his Mediterranean and French scenes. One such work, titled “Artistic Plaza,” a 17-inch-by-12-inch serigraph, will be offered.
  • Fernando de Jesus Oliveira, who signs his work as “Ferjo,” is a dynamic artist. His piece titled “Chagall’s Recital,” is a surreal and metaphysical homage to the artists Marc Chagall and Joan Miro. The limited-edition giclee on canvas will be sold.

There will be no buyer’s premium in the auction. Bidding for some artworks will start at less than $100, and some pieces will carry no reserves. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit UCP of Central Florida, an organization that serves children with disabilities and developmental delays in the Orlando area.

The auctions will begin promptly at 5 p.m. (EST) at both venues, with previews from 4-5 p.m. Online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and iCollector.com. Phone and absentee bids also will be accepted. Baterbys offers its clients a lifetime money-back guarantee of authenticity for each work of art it sells, and a lifetime exchange policy for each work of art it sells. The sales will be held at the firm’s Palm Beach County Gallery (13900 South Jog Road in Delray Beach, Fla.) and Feb. 26 at the Orlando Gallery (9101 International Drive in Orlando).

To consign a single piece of art, an estate or an entire collection, call Baterby’s toll-free at 866-537-0265, or e-mail the gallery.

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