Sunday, July 31, 2011

Do the Bop!

Love this super cool Rock and Roll dancer Carlo watercolor. It was available for sale a couple of years ago and the asking price was around $500. I would price this particular piece between $250-$500 depending on the market. Currently it would fall into the lower price margin but well worth top dollar. This piece to falls into the small size category for Carlo watercolors. Its a rare piece and I would love to see others like it.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Girls, Girls, Girls......

I have only seen this pair of paintings a handfull of times and each time I am truly impressed with how beautiful they are. This particular set was found on craigslist and was later seen listed on eBay. There are 2 frame variations the one shown and a diamond shape which can be seen in the last photo of this post. This set has sold in the past between $400-$875. I find it to be one of the more rare genres of Carlos work and would be happy to own a pair for the right price.

Friday, July 29, 2011

I Dream of Genies

This particular set of Genies was available for sale a few years ago. I believe they retailed for a little shy of $500.00. The Carlo watercolor market is very interesting when it comes to pricing. I have over a decade of price fluctuation under my belt and have seen a HUGE difference between what people ask and what people are willing to pay. It's hard to tell where people are gathering their value information since there has not been a guide, but some pricing is just unbelieveable. I hope that this blog will eventually help establish a fair market value. This is a cute set that fall in the the medium size category and I would be willing to pay $225-$325 for a set in excellent condition. About 4 years ago an eBay seller was offering the same style painting with the gong as a single piece. The frame had been painted over multiple times and was bright orange, flaking and needed some TLC. The actual watercolor had extensive water damage, was priced at $225 and was listed maybe 10 times with out a sale. Just like most other things condition is a huge factor in valuing this original art.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Under the Sea

It has been a while since I have seen this pair come up for sale and next time its available I would like to get my hands on them. There are a couple of things going for this set that I really love. One being that they are large, each individually measuring over 35 inches wide. The other is attention to detail at the surface of the water, little air bubbles, kelp and seaweed details that are usually overlooked in Carlo's work. Often the watercolors focus on a main subject leaving a lot of negative space.

Average pricing for this set is $250-$550 depending on condition and frame style.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

The First Dance...Ballet

The most common subject of Carlo watercolor paintings are ballerina dancers. You will see the exact same painting in many frame styles, shapes and and sizes. There are plenty of ballet designs that were produced and the ballet genre seem to be much easier to come by if you are trying to start a Carlo collection. At one point our personal collection had over two dozen ballet inspired watercolors in all different vignettes. Once you become familiar with Carlo's works you will be able to see subtle differences when comparing two like paintings. A few differences that stand out to me are the crispness of the facial features and the signature. I will cover these areas in future posts with more detail.

This was our first set of Ballerina Carlo of Hollywood Watercolor
These were purchased on eBay for $25.00. Unfortunately for the seller they were incorrectly listed and lucky for me I have lots of searches out for them and was able to snag them up as the only bidder.

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