February 16, 2005

REAL ART (via Bryan Francoeur):

'Dogs Playing Poker' sell for $590K: New York auction house says two paintings set world record for the 1903 series. (CNN/Money, February 16, 2005)

Two "Dogs Playing Poker" paintings cleaned house at Doyle New York's annual Dogs in Art Auction, fetching a staggering $590,400, the auction house said.

Before the sale it was estimated that the two rare paintings from Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's 1903 series of dogs playing poker would fetch $30,000 to $50,000, Doyle said in a statement after Tuesday's auction.

The auction house said that, after intense bidding, "A Bold Bluff" and "Waterloo: Two" sold to a private collector from New York City. The buyer was not identified.

"The (paintings') sequential narrative follows the same 'players' in the course of a hand of poker," said an auction note from Doyle. "In the first, our main character, the St. Bernard, holds a weak hand as the rest of the crew maintains their best poker faces. In the following scene, we see the St. Bernard raking in the large pot, much to the very obvious dismay of his fellow players."

They should sell for more than Picasso and his ilk.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 16, 2005 8:24 AM

If anyone knows where to get a high resolution suitable for destop wallpaper image of these paintings, I'd surely like to know where. I've had the poster for "High Noon" as my desktop for about a year now and I think it's time for a change.

Posted by: Governor Breck at February 16, 2005 11:37 AM

If it's not on velvet, what's the point?

Posted by: David Cohen at February 16, 2005 12:16 PM

Amazingly, the same artist invented that other landmark of pop culture kitsch, the life-size painted wooden silhouette you stand behind and put your face through to have a photo taken at a carnival, etc.

Posted by: PapayaSF at February 16, 2005 5:49 PM

They sure should sell for more than Picasso...because the St. Bernard wins!

Posted by: jsmith at February 17, 2005 12:27 AM