Alexander Archipenko Work on Paper, ca. 1935
Appraised Value: $20,000 - $40,000 (2013)
IMAGE: 1 of 0
Appraisal Video: (1:11)
Paintings & Drawings
Bonhams & Butterfields
APPRAISER: This belonged to my godfather, who was an art collector. He was a bachelor until he was 62. So he had a little money to spend on artwork. And when he got older, he started giving away his stuff. He asked me to pick something, and I picked this one because I've been a dancer for most of my life and I always loved this painting. I'd like to know a little bit about its value, but I want to make sure that my children don't just give it away to the Salvation Army when I pass.
APPRAISER: Fair enough. Well, I think that would be terrible if they did give it to the Salvation Army. Unless, of course, the Salvation Army knew what it was they had been given.
APPRAISER: It's a work by Alexander Archipenko. And it's a work executed in gouache, pastel, and pencil on paper, which is what we would generally refer to as mixed media. And as far as the date goes, I think it was probably done in the late '30s. And he was known to do works in this type of media with this subject matter around then. Value-wise, at auction, I think it's worth in the neighborhood of $20,000 to $40,000.
GUEST: Okay, okay. Very good.
This website is produced for PBS Online by WGBH Boston. ©1997-2015 WGBH Educational Foundation.
ANTIQUES ROADSHOW is a trademark of the BBC and is produced for PBS by WGBH under license from BBC Worldwide.
WGBH and PBS are not responsible for the content of websites linked to or from ANTIQUES ROADSHOW Online.
PBS is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.