Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot Etching
Appraised Value: $3,000 - $8,000 (2013)
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Appraisal Video: (1:19)
Prints & Posters
Director, Works of Art on Paper
Swann Auction Galleries
GUEST: It's from a collection that Sears, Roebuck marketed in the early '60s. The artist is Jean-Baptiste Corot.
GUEST: And that's pretty much all I know about it.
APPRAISER: Do you remember how much you spent on it?
GUEST: I spent $45.
APPRAISER: This is a fascinating thing. There was a collection, actually called the Vincent Price collection, to market more affordable art. It's one of two etchings that Corot made in the 1860s of the environs outside of Rome. Corot was, at this time, one of the more famous painters in France, and etching had fallen by the wayside as a fine art technique until along came Corot and some of his contemporaries, like Manet and Delacroix, to revive etching. Now, another thing that I like about this etching is I believe that yours is a proof.
APPRAISER: The proof is going to be of much more import and, I believe, value than one of the more common impressions. I would put an auction estimate conservatively at $3,000 to $5,000.
GUEST: I'm amazed.
APPRAISER: And therefore, I would say you need an insurance value or replacement value around $7,000 to $8,000. So that was a very good $45 investment.
GUEST: It's the best $45 investment I've ever made, I think.
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