Tuesday, September 27, 2011


The highwaymen market appears to be in CHAOS.

Be careful out there, the waters are getting choppy.

This could be interpreted as me being negative, which I try to stay away from.

I see SHEER STUPIDITY ON EBAY in the last few days. I guess I should expect it.



Here are some examples such as I have written about in the past.


This morning a misty river scene by Harold Newton is offered on EBAY with a starting bid of $12,500.00.
It's 24x48, but it's a scene he painted in every size, repeatedly, probably a thousand times over his four decades of production, mid 1950's to mid 1990's.

Yesterday the same scene, 24x36 (slightly smaller but still couch size) closed after drawing NO BIDS starting at $1,500.00. Does anyone with eyes and a brain see an eleven thousand dollar difference?

Look at the images and compare the two, both masonite, both 80's or 90's, both nice, but unquestionably very common.


WHY DOESN'T HE SAY IT'S WORTH $30,000.00 TO $40,000.00?


Here's what the EBAY seller added:

This painting has only been listed for a few hours and already is generating significant interest. Please do not ask about lowering the price or payment arrangements. Thank You. The owners feel the value is more accurately about $18,500. This price is based on its extraordinary beauty and extra large size.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

That $18,500.00 paragraph was a copy/paste from this morning. As of 3:40 p.m., it appears to have been deleted. Go figure.


I was tempted to write about this last week, but I put it off.

It's pretty much the same situation as above.

These four paintings are identical in size, era, and scene. All are signed, all are genuine.

The colors differ, but all four are extremely similar, desirable, collectible river scenes by the highest profile deceased highwayman.

Two of them drew no interest, or any bids, starting at $1700.00 and $1800.00.

With those results on the public record, the third one was offered with a starting bid of $9,000.00 and backed up by a "Certificate of Appraisal" from a longstanding high profile fine art gallery on Lucerne Avenue in Lake Worth. They proclaimed it to be valued at $10,000.00 to $12,000.00.

The fourth one is starting at $5,000,00. The seller is in Lake Worth, as well.

In this example, I'm not even going to tell you which is which.

You can either guess or go find them on eBay for yourselves. They're right there for the world to see.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Washington D.C. Highwaymen Art

Greetings to all!
As you may or may not have been aware Howard University has been hosting a Florida Highwaymen exhibit in Washington through the summer months beginning just after Independence Day. Historically this exhibit is an important step on the road of the Florida Highwaymen, and we'd like you to be a part of it!. 
The exhibit winds down October 3, but on Sunday October 2 there will be a reception to view the exhibit, meet 2 artists (Mary Ann Carroll and Dr. Carnell Smith) and to mingle with other interested parties, drinks and snacks and music of course.
Please do consider this your invitation to attend and please do bring friends, family, associates and interested parties.
Thanks and hope to see you there,
Please say Hi and take this opportunity to see some of their timeless art and to meet and greet with 2 of the artists while they are in D.C.

Not much time to prepare, but you are invited.