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Mar 31, 2019
2019/3/31 13:55:20 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Arbor wrote:
I would have met Tom at the 1987 Mythcon in Milwaukee. Loback's promo brochure (ca 1987) states the scrolls (#s 1 - 5) are on cherry wood veneer backed by cloth; "virgin linen" (private communication). Listed at $175.00, size 6 3/4" x 54". The fourth series, #s 31 to 100, were on "imitation wood veneer and are priced at $20.00 each."
I did get to show the scroll at Mythcon in 2011.

At that time he also had printed The Fifth Battle, also with a series on wood veneer, maple. 27" x 18" and the Series 1 was a $100.

That’s interesting, so only 5 scrolls were made on cherry wood, that’s right?
And number 31 to 100 were on imitation wood veneer: what’s about number 6 to 30? You know something about them, Arbor?

The listed prices are over 30 years old now ....
Probably not very up to date..
Apr 2, 2019
2019/4/2 4:19:08 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I will try to get a scan done. Til then - 2nd series: 6-10 were "on genuine cherry wood veneer" at $100.
3rd series: 11 to 30 were on "Arches cover bond" at $50.
Apr 2, 2019
2019/4/2 9:36:12 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
How much would fan-art such as this would cost in current market condition?
Apr 2, 2019
2019/4/2 12:35:42 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

The_Antiquarian wrote:
How much would fan-art such as this would cost in current market condition?

I think, this would be very difficult to decide.
You don’t know exactly, how many scrolls were actually made (maybe 100, maybe less..) and how many survived. It seems that only the first 5 were made with “virgin linnen” as stated by Arbor, this means virtually uniquely.
There is no real market
Items like this don’t come up for sale very often

I think, it’s nearly impossible to fix prices: if you like it, you probably pay more. If this is not your style, you might value lower

I only think that former listing prices don’t show you a tendency for future value.
But would be interesting getting to know more opinions...
Apr 2, 2019
2019/4/2 19:42:47 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Technically I think Loback made a living as an artist. He did some illustrations for game modules, ICE maybe. I remember living tree fortifications in trees tended by the Elves.
There was a TV news video (link??) of his spontaneous sculptures with found objects along the Hudson or maybe the East river.
Apr 2, 2019
2019/4/2 20:13:07 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Here's a website with some background and quite a bit of his art featured (with his permission at the time).

http://www.elvish.org/gwaith/tom_loback.htm
Apr 2, 2019
2019/4/2 20:15:20 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
And here is a deeper profile in an obituary:

http://file770.com/tom-loback-passes-away/

And here's a profile of his "found art" along the Hudson River.

https://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/21/nyregion/21artist.html?_r=0
Apr 2, 2019
2019/4/2 23:13:47 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Seller: briafogart-74 (284)
Ended Mar 16, 2019
$250.00
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