Original Marschall painting to be auctioned


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I know there is a thread about the auction items but was quite interested in one item in particular.
"Even items that were not on the ship, such as a painting of the vessel completed for the Oscar-winning film Titanic, is expected to bring in an offer of $30,000 to $40,000."
I personally believe it is a reasonable price and would be worth every penny. (I only wish I had the money to bid on it!) I have not come across another time an original painting of his was sold. I have seen ONE original up close, and if you think they look real on the printed page, the originals come to life and jump off the canvas in 3-d!
Could someone enlighten me though to which painting it is, and what the size is? Is it previously unknown, or one published in one of his books?
To someone possibly familiar with his works, is this the "usual" going price?
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Hello Colleen and Parks,

As stated in the Guernsey's catalogue: "Final Encounter, 30 x 18 inches, acrylic on board. In their only encounter at sea, Titanic passes her sistership Olympic off Portland, England, on the evening of April 3, 1912. En route from Belfast following her trials, Titanic would dock in Southampton at midnight and begin preparations for her maiden voyage. The painting was created in 1992 for the book Titanic: An Illustrated History, by Don Lynch and Ken Marschall, which enjoyed several weeks on the New York Times Bestseller list in 1998. The work was featured on the cover of the 1994 calendar produced by Hyperion. It was later published in the award-winning children's book Inside the Titanic, by Hugh Brewster (1997), and in Ken Marschall's art of Titanic, by Rick Archbold (1998). The painting was selected for display at the Mariners' Museum in their highly acclaimed exhibition Titanic: Fortune & Fate in 1998. Writer/Director James Cameron, with whom Marschall worked closely on both TITANIC and Ghosts of the Abyss, told the artist that this painting was one of his inspirations for the dramatic aerial shots of the ship in his epic, Oscar-winning movie".

By the way, please note that the estimated price was established by Guernsey's, and in my opinion is a steal!

All the best to you both,

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Vern,

Thank you for that description. Neither the news release that prompted this discussion nor the Guernsey website included this detail, leaving us to guess. It's always good to hear the facts directly from the source.

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Hi Vern. Thank you! That makes more sense than the news stating "it was made FOR the movie Titanic".
As Parks said, none of the news had the name or description of the painting to be sold. Even the auction web site does not show any pictures. I was almost lead to believe it was off the set of the movie itself. I appreciate the clarification.
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Hello Martin,

There are no plans to make an art print from this painting, but you never know. Thanks for your kind words regarding the website and Ken's work (I'll pass the word on to him.).

Hi Colleen,

Hope all is well. Looking forward to seeing you again at the next Cameron/Lynch/Marschall book-signing!

You're welcome for the information. As always, don't believe everything you read in print. I wish that Guernsey's website was a little more informative. Maybe they will update it as the auction date gets closer.

Take care,

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Also up for auction is "Millionaires Special" which I have one of Ken's remarqued prints of this painting. Auction Estimate--"Upon Request"
I can't wait to see the original!
 
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~2~ Marschalls to be auctioned? I didn't catch that. Wonder if I can take out a loan, or sell my house, car, cat, kids?
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Roseanne, if you are going, would you let us know what they closed at? I bet you will enjoy seeing the originals. I only hope they light them up in a way that you can see them come to life. There is so much detail you don't get from the book version.
 

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Colleen,

Don't sell the cat or the kids, that would be going too far!

Actually, there are going to be nine Ken Marschall paintings made available for this auction. Ken is offering eight, and the owner of the painting Ken did for the "Search for the Titanic" movie poster is offering the one. Guernsey's decided on the number when presented with the list of paintings that were available for sale. They wanted a nice selection; something for everyone.

Colleen, you must get one of their catalogues. It is a must-have, even if you have no plans (as of yet!?) to bid.

All the best,

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It's too bad that the painting I want is not available, but even if it were, there would be other people in line in front of me to get it.

Well, at least I have a print of the original (which my wife graciously bought for me from TransAtlantic Designs for my birthday a few months ago) and a photo of Ken standing in my back yard holding the original. :)

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thanks Vern
Colleen how valuable is that Cat!? It must be something to buy a Marschall.
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How many paintings has Ken painted because I'm sure Art of Titanic is only the tip of the iceberg, no pun intended (yeah right!)
In our own art/model work a representation of a Marschall is poured over as a photo or ship plan.
And valued as much as a van Gough, Rembrandt or a Monet.
Parks I can't wait to see GOTA, great work on what I have seen.

kind regards all

Martin
 
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>>Colleen how valuable is that Cat!?<< Martin. How much will you give me for the stray... er, I uh mean... (wanna be) Edwardian couch kitty? I will start the bid at .25
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Parks. You actually let Ken out of your back yard with the original??? My absolute favorite is the last sunset (P75 An Illustrated History) but I'm not picky....

Vern, do you have a listing of which 8 Ken is "giving up?" I know they all have a name, but unfortunately I don't know them all. So, how about you just bring them by my house and let me see them first!
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Anyhow, have a great weekend, all!
 

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Does anyone know what these paintings sold for? I actually have one of Ken's paintings. It was painted for "Illustrated History..." pg. 85. I bought it from him in 1994 when he staged a show and then appeared with Bob Ballard in Sturgis, Michigan. It would be nice to know how much it is worth and how it will enrich my retirement...
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