Tolkien Collector's Guide

Value of artwork

Feb 8, 2012
2012/2/8 15:17:52 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia

I have a piece of artwork similar to the one on this site...

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Lot 145 - [TOLKIEN, J. R. R.] - Cauty, James. "Lord of the Rings," original drawing in ink, pencil and crayon, signed ("Jimmy Cauty"), Kingsbridge, Devonshire, 1975-76, on poster board (29 3/4 x 19 3/4 in.; 753 x 504 mm), mounted to another sheet of poster board; minimal wear at edges.
Estimate: $30,000 - $50,000
Hammer Price with Buyer's Premium: $30,000
21 June 2007 - New York

Mine is identical to the one listed except mine has a diamond (or feak diamond) inlaid where the ring is on Gandolf's hand. Mine aslo has a glossy finish and a black border around the outer edge.

If anyone has info on the rarity or value of the artwork I would greatly appreciate you sharing it.

Thanks

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Feb 8, 2012
2012/2/8 15:58:05 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Probably not much, the http://www.tolkienshop.com/contents/en-uk/d55.html has them available for purchase

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Feb 8, 2012
2012/2/8 16:05:11 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Hello something original
Welcome
James Cauty is one of my favourite artists and I have a few versions of this poster. The copy highlighted above was as it says the orignal artwork and i am sure the subject went through many proceses to get to its final state so it is posslble numerous variations were tried pre final one. Indeed I have various 'slight' variation prints myself and seem to recall one with a diamond on it but cant check as all my items in storage at moment.

Can you post a picture whcih may help jog my memory of difference and the signature.

Re value the main factor will be based on :is it an original drawing or a very good print? Some of the latter are nowadays very very good and it takes some looking at to be sure. The fact yours has a glossy finish would suggest not an original but with no photo or sight of it it is difficult to be sure sometimes Hope helps
Feb 8, 2012
2012/2/8 16:36:31 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
I figured the poster prints weren't very valuable. I just thought with the board backing and stone inlay it might be a little more rare since I have not been able to find another one like it. I will try to post some pics.
Feb 13
2021/2/13 19:12:52 (GMT) Greenwich Mean Time, London, Dublin, Lisbon, Casablanca, Monrovia
Hello there,

It seems this artwork is quite popular, as I too have one like this and was wondering about it.

There are no printed named of the publishers on the bottom
It is made of a stretched canvas with a glossy varnish type layer.
From the back of the art print it looks to be naturally aged

Any information will be greatly appreciated

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