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Holy cow! Rucroi offered for $20K in auction

Discussion in 'General Figure Talk' started by theBaron, Oct 30, 2023.

  1. theBaron A Fixture

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  2. Merryweather A Fixture

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    does ANYBODY buy at these prices?
  3. Tecumsea PlanetFigure Supporter

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    England
    Bill Horan can command prices at this level and if you look on some of the Russia studios they do as well.

    Think of the hours that went into this piece. Probably as good as it gets for a historical piece.

    Keith
  4. Merryweather A Fixture

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    United-Kingdom

    I'm not commenting on the quality and I am well aware of the hours that must have gone into it, I'm just stunned that people have that kind of disposable income!
    I would have a Bill Horan or two in heartbeat if I did.
    I guess I've always moved in poorer circles!
  5. Alex A Fixture

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    Canada
    Sincerely, 20K is cheap for this artwork. The pictures do not seem to do justice to the quality of the work.
    People pay crazy amount of money for awful paintings.. It's time that our hobby be recognized as an art form.
  6. theBaron A Fixture

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    Well, it's the asking price, not the final sale price. We'll have to follow it and see if it sells or ends without a bid.

    Prost!
    Brad
  7. Babelfish A Fixture

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    Incredible price for an incredible piece of art. A healthy 7-figure lottery win and I'd be all over it (and a custom-built cabinet to display it in).

    Mind you, I don't fancy its chances of making the trip from Kazakhstan unscathed. I can't begin to imagine how they'd pack that for shipping. All those pikes just waiting to be bent out of shape or snapped clean off.

    - Steve
  8. Ferris A Fixture

    Very impressive work this.
    All in al about 50 figures (75mm?) and multiple horses, so raw material alone this represents around €2000. Painted well, like they are, a factor 10 over the figure price is not uncommon for commission work, perhaps even relatively cheap for 75mm.
    At this amount, personal hand-carried delivery would be an option I think. Plane ticket €1000, add €1000 for hotel, food, etc. and shipping remains at 10% of the work’s price, not bad. If you have this kind of money to begin with.
    Also curious if it sells...

    Adrian
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  9. Larsen E. Whipsnade Moderator

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    May I have two please?
    Rick
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  10. Nap Moderator

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    England
    Surely you mean more !!

    A tad pricey to say the least ...no bids as yet ......strange that ! ....just don't put shipping in the hands of our PO !

    Nap
  11. bigtodd PlanetFigure Supporter

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    Yep, if I had the money I would pay that as a collector. Worth more than starting bid in my opinion.
    Everything is relative as far as art goes. To me it is a masterpiece that I would look at for hours. (So pretenious):playful:

    Now the reality of relative. I need the money I have to retire one day and not be homeless. Plus Grod posted a beautiful 1/9th scale figure that I want that is cheaper!!!!!! (y)
  12. Babelfish A Fixture

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    While stroking your chin slowly and meaningfully, one trusts!

    - Steve
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  13. Blind Pew A Fixture

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    I agree. It would have to be hand-carried. Surely, couldn't be trusted to a typical postal service or courier? (I'm not having a dig at them.) A finished piece has to be handled with experienced hands. Hell, I've even damaged figures taking them downstairs...
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  14. theBaron A Fixture

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    Does anyone else recall seeing this on the show circuit over the past year or a year ago? Particularly here in the US, since I haven't been to any of the shows in Europe. I would swear I've seen this at a show in the recent past. Or perhaps as far back as World Expo in Chicago 2017. But it looks awfully familiar to me.

    Prost!
    Brad
  15. Rocco82 Active Member

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    Scotland
    Yeah I work for a parcel company. I wouldn't send it lol. I see how boxes get treated.
    I was going to say if you HAD to post something like that I'd put it on a small pallet. Possibly add some weight to it and wrap it very well. And pay the extra palletised fee.
    Even then I'd have the fear!


    If you are painting to sell, posting stuff must be an absolute nightmare.
    Busts perhaps okay. But dioramas?.... ... yeah I've got the fear!
  16. Babelfish A Fixture

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    No "dig" taken! Besides my own business I also work part time for Royal Mail, and I can attest to the rough & tumble that parcels are subjected to on their journey from A to B.

    We do our best, but the sheer volume of post being sorted and transported through the system at any one time makes that inevitable. Simply put, there is no time to handle every individual item with tender loving care. But if it's well packed it should nevertheless arrive at its destination in one piece. Problems arise when people can't be arsed to pack things properly and with a bit of forethought.

    Some of the bad packing I've seen you just wouldn't believe. Like plates wrapped in nothing except brown paper, with the sender apparently believing that a bit of "FRAGILE" tape wrapped round the outside would magically render them unbreakable :confused:. I've also regularly handled oversized cardboard boxes with stuff rattling around inside, obviously with no bubble-wrap or similar protection, and held closed with a tiny bit of sellotape. You wonder what (if anything) goes though people's minds when they do that.

    Anyhow, no way would I entrust something like a diorama costing 20K to Royal Mail. Nor any other courier for that matter. If you can afford to buy it, you can probably afford to travel and fetch it yourself!

    - Steve
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  17. Blind Pew A Fixture

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    Yep. Even if it comes from the moon!
  18. Sergei Active Member

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    The diorama includes 53 figures. They sell individual painted figures from that diorama at USD200, a fair price for this quality, which seems to be very good, but not outstanding. But then the diorama should have cost around USD10,600
  19. theBaron A Fixture

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    United-States
    The auction ended without any bids. I'm watching to see if the seller puts it up again.

    Prost!
    Brad
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  20. Nap Moderator

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    England
    Maybe he will pay the shipping !

    Be interesting to see if it does sell !

    Nap
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