I received an email from Maria in Sweden who reports that when her mother recently passed away she became the owner of a painting by Pierre Brassau, the monkey artist. (See the article about Pierre Brassau
in the hoaxipedia. To sum up the story: in 1964 a Swedish reporter placed some paintings drawn by a monkey in an art show, claiming they were the work of an avant-garde French artist, Pierre Brassau. After critics praised the paintings, he revealed the hoax.) Apparently Maria's mother had received the painting in 1970 as a gift and had kept it ever since.
This is the first time I've ever seen one of Brassau's paintings, despite having searched for pictures of them in the past.
Maria seems to be interested in selling the painting. She's already contacted an auction house. I wouldn't mind owning it, but I'm sure it's worth far more than I can afford. I know that one of his paintings sold for $90 in 1964, which is at least $600
in today's money (or maybe as much as $1600 depending on how you calculate the rate of inflation).
Maria tells me that it will be auctioned off at Bukowskis auction company.
Strike that. It's no longer going to be auctioned at Bukowskis.