Mary Overbeck Figurines, ca. 1940
The Overbecks were six sisters who were involved in the arts one way or another, and I like to say as each of them died, the remaining sisters got progressively weirder until Mary was left, and Mary was the last of the six. She worked primarily in the '30s through the '50s, making these sculptural figurines. She signed them all. They're usually signed on the bottom with the "OBK" mark. She didn't really sign them "Mary Frances" often-- every once in a while-- but she made a lot of brides and grooms, and she was never married, so I thought that was kind of odd, but she made a lot of animals with this suppressed sexuality, with big eyes and their tongues sticking out-- really weird stuff. I mean, check out the dog. What was happening there, you know? But that is about a $300 to $400 dog if it's in perfect condition. That's about a $500 dog if it's in perfect condition. These guys here are worth about $300 to $400 apiece. And this man has a chip on his hat, so he's only worth about $1,000 to $1,500, but without the chip, he's about a $2,000 figurine. This is a really good one. I've seen about 500 Overbeck figurines and that's in the top one percent of what I've come across, so very nice ones. Take good care of them, they're quite fragile.
Thanks-- I used to keep them on the back of the toilet, so maybe it's a good thing we... (laughs)
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