Frank Zappa Painting, ca. 1960

Value (2012) | $15,000 Auction$25,000 Auction
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GUEST:
I got it from Frank Zappa and his family. They were moving, and they were going to just get rid of it, and I said, "May I have it?"

APPRAISER:
It's a beautiful piece of strange art. And you said that you had double dated with Frank.

GUEST:
A few.

APPRAISER:
A few dates. So you got to know him a little bit.

GUEST:
Yes, I did.

APPRAISER:
Frank Zappa is a cultural icon.

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
As a musician and as an artist. And what you've brought us is a fabulous piece. When did you say this was...

GUEST:
He painted this when he was in junior college.

APPRAISER:
So it's very early.

GUEST:
Yes.

APPRAISER:
It's a premonition of his future.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
It shows an orchestra and an opera, it looks like, on stage.

GUEST:
Right.

APPRAISER:
This is probably the earliest piece of Frank Zappa art or music or anything I've ever seen...

GUEST:
Is it?

APPRAISER:
...in 30 years of doing this. It's a very unusual and wonderful piece.

GUEST:
He was such a different person, and this represents him.

APPRAISER:
Something a musician did in the art world adds to its value. And it's really hard to put a true value, because it's never been seen before.

GUEST:
Mm-hmm.

APPRAISER:
I would say that his signature is very valuable right now. Frank died many years ago of cancer and left a legacy of art and music for us. I would say it's somewhere in the $15,000 to $25,000 range.

GUEST:
Wow.

APPRAISER:
Having never seen a piece like this sell, it could even top that.

GUEST:
Oh, I think that's great.

APPRAISER:
It's a wonderful piece, and I love it.

Appraisal Details

Appraiser
allcollectors.com
Hudson, MA
Update (2012)
$15,000 Auction$25,000 Auction
Appraised value (1998)
$15,000 Auction$25,000 Auction
Event
Rochester, NY (August 08, 1998)
Period
20th Century
Form
Painting
Material
Paint

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