Monday, October 19, 2015

Frazetta Catalog ONLINE!!!

The digital version of the PROFILES IN HISTORY auction catalog is now online: You might have to cut and paste this into your browser.

https://www.profilesinhistory.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/FrazettaLR.pdf

There are no reserves. The estimates are quite reasonable. The quality of the art will determine the final value of the art in the marketplace.

Enjoy the catalog!

The hardbound catalog will be out in early November and it is selling quite well. Many collectors are buying two with the expectation that this will become a collector's item in the future. For the true Frazetta connoisseur this catalog is a necessity!!

DocDave

21 comments:

  1. Curious if these pieces will be sold as shown framed or in the raw? Digesting the online catalog now.

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  2. Probably unframed, unfortunately. Not much I could do about that.
    Dave

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  3. Probably safer and easier to ship them unframed. Shame though as I loved the depth of multiple mats you had on some of these.

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  4. DocDave, what's up with the 9 lots that have been censored from the catalog? How can one see them if NY and LA are not in one's neighborhood, so to speak? What's the rationale for not including them in the catalog, aside from the obvious and who decided to leave them out? Can one get a supplemental peek if one signs an age statement, perhaps? Looks like a fine collection all around. Thanks in advance for any clarification!!

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  5. Yes, I know, I know.....it was strictly the decision of the auction house and their attorneys. Nothing I could do about that.

    Dave

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    1. But isn't it to your benefit as the seller to have more people actually see the lots to be able to decide whether or not to bid on them? It would appear the attorneys are not taking your interests into account here, as it would seem to lessen your profit potential if only a select few, due to proximity, get to see the lots in question. Also, how many potential buyers or fans under 18 are going to get $95 together to buy a copy of the catalog. I get keeping the images off the web, or out of the pdf file, but to not have them included in the actual catalog seems to be a slap in your face, Doc, with all due respect, as well as the fans who are buying a copy for use in bidding as well as collecting!!!

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  6. Yes, my framing really added a dimension to the pieces. This is standard practice to help shipping and display.

    I am at the mercy of auction house policies.

    Dave

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  7. Dave
    Any guesses on what piece will be the highest close price (which may or may not be your favorite)?

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  8. Yes, I agree. I will probably upload the images on to this site in the near future. I do not believe in art censorship and I am disgusted by the cultural climate that supports this. Stay tuned. I am working on it.

    DAVE

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    1. I'm glad you feel that way. Have you considered withholding those pieces, especially since they aren't included in the catalog, and perhaps selling them at a later date via another auction house that is more amenable to displaying the art, or even doing it yourself via some sort of platform like Ebay or it's like. Very curious why you would want them to be included if they can't be disseminated properly, especially with the belief you espouse in the above post. Climare, Schmimate....this is Frazetta after all!

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  9. Dave, I applaud this response and found those pages of the catalog jarring in how out of character they seemed based on your posts here. What is odder is what they decided to censor because there is clearly male genitalia shown in some images. So odd, and like most censorship only makes the mind more curious about what is behind the tan circles ;)

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    1. Chris,

      Did you travel to the auction house to see the images? If it's only male genitalia that's the issue, then why is that considered 'porno'? Is Michaelangelo's David then 'porno'? Makes no sense...since on the videos so far uploaded by the host of this blog, Frazetta is to be taken as seriously as The Masters. Not having the images included makes him sound sordid, sadly. It will be nice to see the images once Dr. Winiewicz gets around to posting them, but anyone ordering the catalog is getting something a bit less than described:

      "A better selection of drawings, sketches, and watercolors simply cannot be found. A collection is defined by its highlights and my collection is filled with extraordinary examples. I have always considered Frazetta to be the finest pen and ink artist who has ever lived. No one else comes close. I have argued this for decades in a multitude of published essays and books. That is why the emphasis of my collection is on the graphic side of Frazetta"

      I'm going to say that the operative word might be 'graphic', and that can be interpreted a few different ways. With hardcore pornography being available to anyone of any age with access to any computer, whatever images Frazetta was interested in depicting can be no worse than what any ornery 10 year old can access from the safety of his or her bedroom.

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  10. Quite simply there are contractual issues involved that cannot be addressed at this late date. I am very happy with Profiles. Believe me, they have bent over bsckwards to do the right thing. The porno decision was a very last minute decision.

    Thanks for your input and concern!!

    Dave

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  11. I have a vacation coming up. Once I am back and the physical catalog is up, then I will upload the images. I have to find the files. In the meantime, patience....and enjoy the coming videos that I have scheduled.

    Dave

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  12. Jeff,

    The full catalog is online. Everyone knows exactly what is contained in the catalog. If someone is offended that the xxx material is not in it, then they should not buy the catalog. Very simple. I will be doing my best to share this msterial. Chances are good that my blog site will be shut down. They are very sensitive on these sites to ANYTHING of a graphic nature. It is the world we live in. My european friends laugh at the extreme level of puritanism we have in this country. I, for one, think that Frank's xxx works are sensational. I see nothing offensive in them at all. It is not just a case of showing male genitalia. All that work should have been published decades ago. So much Frazetta art has NEVER been seen and most collectors do not want to share. Exasperating.

    Dave

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    1. Dave,
      The full catalog is not online. There are nine 'items' missing and only those who travel to the auction house have the advantage of seeing lots others cannot. There is a catalog indeed online, but to call it full seems to be a bit of a stretch now that the cat is out of the bag due to a statement found within a truncated book that doesn't fully represent the sale that is to be held......but I kind of see what you're saying. Your European friends have a point.....there are auction houses there that would happily exhibit your wares! Why not sell them via their auspices so the Frazetta 'riff-raff" doesn't have to be mixed with the pix for the kids? Why continue to foment the feeling of exasperation, as you so succinctly put it yourself? It's a call to action Doc! Lead the way with your world class and unique collection! Set an example for all the adults following in your wake! Isn't it all academic in the long run!!!

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  13. Dave,

    I apologize for causing any undue stress since I'm sure selling off your collection is as painful as it would seem. I just want to make one more comment addressing a point you brought up in a previous post and then I will cease flogging what is a dead horse, to be sure.

    While it's true, as you point out, that the catalog is now online and anyone can examine it's contents. I suspect that many people who ordered the catalog from it's original solicitation or via Ebay might not be aware that the catalog is available right this moment. Many people order something and then forget about it until the item arrives at their door. Very few obsessively go back and investigate possible further developments. I happened to be scanning a forum and that's how I found out the catalog was online, and then I made the 'mistake' of reading through some of the text within and found out about the missing lots.

    Therefore, it is my feeling that while a few potential buyers and enthusiasts are aware that they can preview the catalog at this instant, it would seem that the bulk of the potential clientele will be finding out about the missing illos when they crack open their actual hardcover copies. Most probably won't care, but I'm guessing some might feel that what they bought, even if it's just the catalog, has been misrepresented. I'm just putting that out there as a little food for thought.

    Sure, I'm disappointed but I will happily make due once you've posted the risky pix and move on. For some people, though, the disappointment is going to sting, and that's still to come, perhaps.

    Thanks for all your sympathy about this issue and I hope you have a terrific vacation!

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  14. The PDF link is no longer working. Is there another link to use? Thanks!

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  15. Must be a glitch because they upgraded the quality of the catalog. Check the PROFILES IN HISTORY site.

    Sorry for that. Beyond my contrl.

    Dave

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  16. Hi Dave,

    I am big Frazetta fan, but I live in London (UK).

    How can I purchase a catalog?

    Please advise....

    kind regards,

    Levon

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  17. Go to PROFILESINHISTORY.COM and look for link.

    Or go to Budplant.com He has some.

    Good luck.

    It is fantastic.

    DAVE

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