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My survey of lifetime, signed & numbered Nagel serigraphs indicates a strong upturn in values. Not all items are selling at super, "wishful thinking" prices, but over the last three years, prices and values are definitely up. Pieces that were selling for $300 - $400 a year or two ago are now being listed -- and selling -- for $1000, give or take. Black Robe just went out for $2000+ at auction and even Joan Collins, the much-maligned serigraph, is double what it was selling for a few short years ago. Hanson and various sizes of Paper Mill are at or over $1000 and the elusive Shades is currently listed on Ebay for $1,495.
Visiting at a gellary opening last night, I was fortunate to talk with several Nagel collectors who were active during the early 80s. Everything seems to confirm my thesis in the book that the serigraphs number far below their issue count. My guess -- and that's what it is, a guess -- is that less than half of all lifetime, numbered, signed serigraphs are gone, discarded, damaged or destroyed.
Author, "The Artist Who Loved Women" A biography of Patrick Nagel