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Jun232007

what's in a collection....

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should you become a collector...?

the original heart game board was auctioned for $18,400.00

 

i recently came across this info. in an article (shown below) about a recent auction that was held. it amazed me to see how the game boards of the past have increased so much in value....it would be quite something for me to hold one of these pieces in my own hands, admire the work that was done, the colors that were chosen, the tools that they must have used to create this wonderful piece. and then to find a way to adapt some part of this to my own design, my own tools and colors. i am moved by the work of the past, the heart that went into it...

my pieces have become highly sought after over the years and collected by many....with so many collectibles out there to choose from you need to consider how many of an item was produced...since i am only able to create a limited amount each year, and certainly slowing down with age, the market will never be flooded with my work so the investment that you've made will only increase in value...from the short time that i began making game boards many of the pieces have increased by 30%....some more.  one of the things that increases the value also, is the supply and the demand....i cannot supply more than i'm already doing, only less so therefore the value is increased....

so choose the pieces that you love, collect what you love, and you can enjoy them while their worth increases...one day perhaps your collection will too be auctioned for amazing prices...i hope that to be true,  and it would be wonderful to think they would be passed down generation to generation, hung on a wall, or a treasure to found in an attic one day....i will occasionally add new clips of articles that i come across for you to view....


There was also strong interest in the game board collection of Selby Shaver of Dallas, Texas. This auction featured over 50 of Shaver’s boards; additional examples will be offered at Skinner’s October 28th auction. A favorite was the polychrome-painted heart game board that garnered enough competition to require 12 telephone bidders who vied with a host of other absentee bidders and many in the audience. It eventually sold for $18,400, as did a polychrome-painted Parcheesi game board. Nearly all of the game boards in the collection exceeded expectations, further demonstrating the widespread and ongoing interest in game boards from the 19th and early 20th centuries. Skinner sold several from the folk art collection of Peter Brams in February of 2001, including a Parcheesi board that tied the existing auction record for a game board, selling for $46,000.


photo from the country living july 2007 article

Skinner's, Bolton, Massachusetts

Marathon Weekend at Skinner's Folk Art and Americana Sessions

A superlative folding Parcheesi game board with tiny American flag painted in the center went to Marc Brown, creator of the children's character Arthur, at $46,000. "I'm a sucker for game boards," Brown said. "I just love them." That price puts Brown's game board into a tie with Virginia Cave's flag game board, which sold at Northeast Auctions last August for a record game board auction price. A great double-sided game board with checkerboard on one side and a coiled snake with green numbered ovals the length of his body on the other went to dealer Stephen Score at $36,800.

 

Bonhams & Butterfields, San Francisco, California

Americana at Auction in San Francisco

As an example, he mentioned a game board from the Robin Jensen collection that sold for $57,360 at a Bonhams & Butterfields sale in Los Angeles on December 4, 2006. Sivo called that game board "an amazing piece of American folk art, which is one of the strongest genres of Americana. The sale of the game board showed that even on the West Coast, a piece like that can command what turned out to be a record price. There is no lack of buyers for high-quality things."

 

Smalls Bring Big Prices at Sideli Collection Auction

Jan 28th, 2003

Game boards brought stunning prices with a folding checkers/Parcheesi board in salmon, blue, green, red and brown selling at $6,325, a large polychromed multicolored game wheel with spinning arrow 6,325, a small game board in green, red and white brought $3,450, and a paint decorated game wheel sold at $3,105.