So, 2019 has been a super roller coaster so far, huh?!
And the stew thickens…
Yesterday during lunch, while out running my errands and doing my routine things, I stopped into a resale store on my way back to work. It’s a place I hit up a couple times a week because I find the most oddball stuff. Anyways, just as I enter the building I spot a metal sculpture and instantly know it’s something significant. I didn’t expect that I would be able to buy it because some items are priced outside of my comfort zone but I walked up to it and it was tagged $16.49. I examined the sculpture for a moment. It’s 40" tall, is bronze and weighs roughly 45 pounds. As I knew that I had come across something I though was special I grabbed it up and immediately took it to check out. I loaded it up and went back to work/home.
The piece is etched/signed by the artist, Joe McDonnell. With that limited information I started a search on the interwebs and tracked the guy down through his website and his Facebook page. We’ve had a back and forth via emails and he’s confirmed it’s his work (email from a credible account is sufficient to provide provenance), giving me the name of the piece, “Soaring Piece”, made in 1982, and given me it’s value, $40,000!
Mr. McDonnell says his doing some commissioned work for a gallery in Dallas soon and wants to meet up with me and visit his sculpture.
From the emails:
“The title was “Soaring Piece”. I gave the sculpture to the Paige Gallery in Dallas in lieu of a commission for a sculpture commission that I received from The Trammell Crow Company. The daughter of Trammell Crow, (Paige?) owned the gallery so it was an in house deal. I believe the value in 1982 would have been about $15,000. If I were to sell a piece like that today, the retail price would be about $40,000.”
Not the best picture but: