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Aug 24 16 10:11 AM

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Not sure how many of you are following the usual suspects (EBay, Craigslist, liveauctioneers, etc), but I like to see who's selling, who's buying and where prices are at.  From what I can see, there's a serious lack of quality Nagel inventory out there, with "quality" being defined as lifetime, signed and numbered works and/or originals.  The usual sellers' listings of quality pieces are highly over-priced (Hanson for $2,500 and $3,100?) and not moving at all.  This is markedly different from the situation just a few years ago.

Is anyone seeing anything different?

I'm inclined to suspect that this is an indication of availability drying up.  If true, it may be time to re-evaluate your own collection.  It could be a sign that your pieces are beginning to escalate in value for real.  Thoughts?

Rob Frankel
Author, "The Artist Who Loved Women" A biography of Patrick Nagel

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Aug 24 16 9:34 PM

How do you go from a few people asking asinine to availability shrinking? The only thing that actually indicates prices going up are verifiable public sales. From where I sit, non lifetime pieces don't sell at all, and the prices for lifetime pieces are relatively stagnant.

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Aug 24 16 9:50 PM

That's exactly the point. There are no reasonably priced lifetime pieces out there, whereas there were a lot just a few years ago. I was picking up signed lifetime numbered serigraphs for average $250.  Now even the lower priced ones -- if you see any -- are asking $800.  And some folks really believe they can get that much for SIS pieces.  Interesting....

Rob Frankel
Author, "The Artist Who Loved Women" A biography of Patrick Nagel

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Aug 25 16 10:21 AM

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Prices have gone up from the 250. I feel like a nice lifetime signed and numbered will sell in 400 range. Limited lifetime edition signed. Close to grand. In these ranges they are selling. This is just what i have noticed on ebay

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Aug 25 16 1:20 PM

Over the last few years, my benchmark for signed lifetime was $400.  Anything below that, IMHO, is a bargain.  I picked up quite a few for $200.  As I mentioned a while back, I picked up a verified Gray Lady a few months ago for way more, but that was definitely worth it.  I haven't seen ANY real ones from the original run in the last ten or twenty years.

My point is that I sense there's real movement in the market.  Naturally, canvases on Heritage Auctions' site are through the roof: $160K.  They were $25K three or four years ago.

Rob Frankel
Author, "The Artist Who Loved Women" A biography of Patrick Nagel

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