1991 Ruby the Elephant Painted Charger
I have brought an original artwork by Ruby the elephant, who was the painting pachyderm. She resided at the Phoenix Zoo in Phoenix, Arizona for over 25 years, until her death in 1998. This piece I got in an auction, I actually did a book bid in 1991. And it was done for a fundraiser for Arizona State University School of Art.
It's a very fun piece of pachyderm art, as you said. This actually became a bit of a thing after Ruby started this. She's actually one of the very first elephants to become famous for painting. It's usually painting on canvas, but you brought us a ceramic charger here. And if I were to advise you on an insurance value, I would put an estimate of $1,500 on it.
That's wonderful. And I'm just happy to have this on display in my home, and I thank you.
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