Sketches Attributed to Frederic Remington, ca. 1890
Appraised Value: $5,000 - $10,000 (2013)
IMAGE: 1 of 6
Appraisal Video: (2:34)
Paintings & Drawings
Director of American & European Paintings & Prints
GUEST: We had bought a house in San Francisco, and as people always do, I was going with what was left over. In a wastebasket, I found these heads just like they are right now. It looks sort of familiar, the signature, and that day, I happened to be going to the dentist and reading their old Saturday Evening Post, and there was a big article on Remington, so I ran home and looked at what I had. But I never did anything with it.
APPRAISER: That's terrific... that's terrific. These are wonderful sketches by Frederic Remington. Remington, as you probably know, actually grew up in the East, but went out west very early on. So as he moved through the West, he was drawing all sorts of characters, and he worked in all sorts of media. We have an ink wash drawing up here, just a pen and ink drawing over here. He's used a little bit of pencil on this one. But he was working primarily in the 1880s and 1890s. He actually died fairly young. He died in his 40s in 1909. And he was sort of a jack-of-all-trades. To make his way in the West, he was a cowboy and a ranch hand and just sort of did a little bit of everything. And that was his artistic method as well. He was an illustrator, he was a painter and he was a sculptor.
GUEST: Yes, his sculpting is very nice.
APPRAISER: Do you have any idea what this is worth?
GUEST: I really don't. I know he's popular, but I've never had them appraised.
APPRAISER: Okay. Remington's a little tricky. Because he's so popular and always has been popular, they're copied quite a bit. So technically, if you were to sell them, you'd want to have them authenticated. Having said that, I'm about 99% certain they are exactly what they purport to be. The style is exactly what you expect, the handwriting on the signatures, and he's given a sense of what these figures are-- this dead tough, a first sergeant from the Third County over here-- and the handwriting looks very much like his handwriting as well. Assuming they are authentic, in the present condition, you're probably looking at about $2,000 apiece for them.
GUEST: That's wonderful!
APPRAISER: So you're looking at $10,000.
GUEST: That's a lot of money!
APPRAISER: Technically, if we were to sell these as is right now without authenticating them, we would have to sell them as "attributed to." In doing that, and leaving the question open, you're probably only looking at about $1,000 to $1,200 each at auction, and that's why it's very important to have them authenticated.
GUEST: Well, thank you, I'm really excited. My family will be excited.
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