- Scottsdale Art Auction, April 2, 2011
- 3 paintings by Tom Lovell (1909-1997)
- oil paintings similar in size
- paintings in the same condition
- all sold within 15 minutes of each other
Going Home was estimated to sell for between $75,000 – $100,000. Bidding hovered at $45,000.00 and did not rise beyond this figure.
Lewis and Clark Keep Their Journals was estimated $100,000 – $150,000. It sold for $220,000.00 plus 15% = $253,000.00
Bad Face Strategy estimated $125,000 – $175,000, sold for $325,000 plus 15% = $373,750.00.
Going Home includes a horse in tow wearing a western saddle, but the scene conveys a sweet nostalgia with husband and wife in their horse-drawn wagon. It lacks the grit, so unavoidably found in Bad Face Strategy. Lewis and Clark Keep Their Journals exceeded expectations because the narrative is entirely overt, crossing into the realm of historical illustration. During the last five to ten years we have seen a significant increase in prices for the best-known American illustrators such as Norman Rockwell and N.C. Wyeth.