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James Cauty original?

Oct 27
2021/10/27 21:54:53 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Hello there. I’m hoping for some advice and direction. This picture in its frame is older than me (and I’m 36 lol). It hung on my parents’ wall until they passed and I inherited it.
I wanted to ask if anybody knew of a way to have it authenticated or valued? Any advice is greatly appreciated!

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Oct 27
2021/10/27 22:39:36 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Is this a framed poster?

Don't know a huge amount about it - but I got one FOC (a poster) from the bookshop when I purchased the 1991 One Vol LOTR

http://www.tolkienbooks.net/php/details2.php?id=457

Must have been used as a promotional poster around then.
Oct 28
2021/10/28 4:59:39 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I’m sure these posters were sold everywhere but I know in the U.K. for instance it was widely distributed through a shop called Athena. You could try to carefully remove it from the frame to see a mark on either the back or along the front sides?
Oct 28
2021/10/28 5:04:03 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Huan68 wrote:

I’m sure these posters were sold everywhere but I know in the U.K. for instance it was widely distributed through a shop called Athena. You could try to carefully remove it from the frame to see a mark on either the back or along the front sides?

Gosh, I had forgotten all about Athena shops!
Oct 29
2021/10/29 4:16:15 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Hello, can you shoot me an email at atst1138@yahoo.com. I sent you a PM here as well. Interesting item.
Nov 3
2021/11/3 0:47:42 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
If I remember correctly the original of this illustration was sold at Sotheby's in 2007 for $25K+...

And as mentioned elsewhere - this illustration was mass-produced throughout the 80s and 90s at minimum. Even I had that in my childhood room so this should not be anything special in terms of it being a collectible.

There is quite a good write-up on this KLF fan page.
Nov 3
2021/11/3 20:16:57 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Thank you. I was just curious as I can find information about posters but not small prints 😊
Nov 4
2021/11/4 1:54:04 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Thanks for bringing up this important piece of my childhood - I have just been given permission by Jimmy Cauty to share this amazing art in the next Roving Ranger newsletter and that's thanks to you!
Nov 5
2021/11/5 14:48:39 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Thanks to me?
Nov 5
2021/11/5 15:23:31 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

Shurlee wrote:

Thank you. I was just curious as I can find information about posters but not small prints 😊

Shurlee,
I was wondering what size is this image?
Seen several versions of this poster. From large posters to smaller posters, a jigsaw puzzle to the covers of a book box. I also have two chess sets where the queen was partly based on the Queen’s image in the poster.
Thanks,
Bruce

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