Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona on February 3, 1973 · Page 47
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Tucson Daily Citizen from Tucson, Arizona · Page 47

Tucson, Arizona
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Saturday, February 3, 1973
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als used and the. talent required to create the product. After this, return on Investment becomes simply a matter of supply and demand. "Unlike stamps or coins for general circulation, limited editions are private ventures which determine their own supply. After the run is completed, the mold is destroyed as a guarantee to purchasers, and this alone has served to attract a broad market for new collectors. "Apart from medallic art, which is easily mass produced, there is a growing revival in porcelain art, a more intricate process where each item requires months to complete.", The statement goes on to tout the value of the porcelain. Wallace produces by German sculptor Gunther Granget, saying that a 1969 Dolphin Group produced in an edition of 500 at a retail price of $650 is now worth nearly $2,000. Wilson warns that the buyer should use these guidelines: '-'The producer and designer should both be leaders in their fields. The number of pieces should not exceed 7,500. The item should be of superior quality to merit appreciation for its beauty alone." Wilson, divides limited editions into categories, with these comments. --"Collectible: These are bells, doves, stars, etc. which generally sell for flO to $25 each. Production limits are set on a yearly basis and they are usually treasured collector's items in which a person buys, for example, a hew bell every year. "They are generally purchased for their beauty and sentimental reasons rather than for investment, although handsome prices have been paid by those who seek to complete a series with an ou* of-production item. --"Commemorative: This category consists ~ of plates, medals, ingots, etc. These range in price from $50 to about $250. This is the area in which many people go astray because they don't know what to. look for. Some so-called limited edition plates, for example, actually contain tens of thousands of the same item in a series, and can be of poor quality. --"Classic: This is the category which "Wallace manufactures. This grouping contains porcelain and precious metals figurines and has fewer items in a series than other limited editions. These usually involve known artists and sell in the area of $500 to $7,500. Production requires very special, equipment and a staff of skilled artisians. While this category requires the greatest initial investment, it usually affords the greatest returns and atti'acts connoisseurs and prudent investors. "Those who collect limited editions for investment should also consider the elements of personal enjoyment and prestige of displaying such art as part of their home decor." The Franklin Mint, of course, touts its artists: Stevan Dohanos, .wildlife artist Richard Evans Younger, Nor- IDLE! INFORMS man Rockwell, Irene Spencer and Gilroy Boberts, former chief engraver of the U.S. Mint. The Lincoln Mint is limiting its new plates to 3,000 with 25 in 18-carat gold, and £000 of. its holy family ingot. - A supporter* of the medal business is James Biddle, head of the National Trust for Historic 'Preservation, whose organization received a royal-. . ty from the Franklin Mint for a series of historic site medals. When Clement Conger, the White House curator, was criticized for his contract with Franklin Mint authorizing presidential plates and medals in return for royalties for the White House Historical Associ- "I personally don't see it as skullduggery 99 ation project to refurbish the President's mansion, Biddle said: "I personally don't see it as skullduggery. . "It's a way to raise money so you don't have to.use public funds. Since Congress doesn't make appropriations for these purposes the money has to be raised in other ways." Critics pointed out that the Franklin Mint's board chairman, Joseph M. Segel, contributed $113,000 to the Nixon campaign. . . - . .. The newest, hottest items, tire silver plates and medals, are diverse, to say the least. Among others, they include: --Sterling silver plates, inlaid with gold, incised with portraits of presidents, packaged in a blue, pseudo-velvet box with the White House embossed on the front and a certificate inside signed by the White House Historical Association, which takes a 10 per cent royalty for its endorsement. The plates sell for $150. Sterling silver medals in an edition of 1,000, the first called "Mutual Pleasure," issued by the Classic'Erotica Collectors Society. The Riverdale, N.Y., firm advertises it as the first of a series of six ($90) offering "explicit glimpses into the hetrosextual life of 2,500 years ago... " And! eventually "depicting the progress of man's sensual life through the Roman empire... to" the Victo' rian age." If you pay for the whole series at once you get a table-stand magnifier. Silver plates and medals are not the half of it. Among the other "limited" editions offered are an eight- inch Rapunzel .porcelain figure, edition of 1,000, $375; a 20- inch bluejay on a burning bush porcelain figure, edition of 250, priced 1 at $2,500 and ceramic plates with designs from a casket in a sepulcher, edition of 5,000 and $100 a .pair. There also are hand-printed French wall hangings, 26% by 40 inches, in an edition of 200 at $200, and porcelain birds, no number given for the edition, at $950 to $4,000. " ' Ironically, these "limited editions" are, in many cases, priced higher, than original -one-of-a-kind -- works by contemporary silversmiths, individually made by the artist himself, never to be duplicated, and truly limited to ah edition of one. Art objects in this range are available from numerous art galleries and craftsmen's studios. The question each buyer, must answer in. his own mind is simply: What's it worth to me? Two of the 500 European Community Cups issued by Spode Limited to mark the' enlargement of the European Common Market by the addition of Britain, Denmark and Ire-.: land. The Spode fine bone china cups cost $245 each and are decorated in rich backgrounds of cobalt blue and embossed in 24- carat gold. Here are a few examples of TRUE SAVINGS: DRESSES 3 for 1 or 2 at 60 % off BOOTS and SHOES up lo 60 % off, LONG HALF SLIPS . . . all colors....40% off LONG DRESSES and PANTSUITS savings up lo , LONG SKIRTS and PALAZZO'pants al up lo 75% off SHOES'a full 50% off in most cases .al Icasl 20% Pajamas Nighlgowns reduced 40-60% REMEMBER this is a storewidc event and.everything is at least 20% off. I E. Speedway .(al Wilmot) 298-8891 open Wednesday and Friday Evenings 'lil 9 PM -- Sunday Noon 'til 5 I'M Plant with a plan by- Distinctive Land-scape Design is FREE when you choose from 2 acres of choice plants at WARD NURSERY 4841 N. Moryvole 2592 W. Ruthrouff Miniature Roses 70 name varieties BARE ROOT SHADE FRUIT TREES TS Grape, Persian Lilac, Artichokes, Also Shade trees to be dug from our field -- $2 to $40 *ach. Bareroot Roses -- 50 varieties Open 9-1:30 Man. thru S«t.. CLOSED tVERT SUNDAY i*··· ««TTgKafherine H. Ward, Owner ·········^ hPMEVUE OI7K NEW SWUXft FAStlIOS!i SHOP SUNDAY FROM NOON TO 5 P.M. Monday --" Wednesday -- Friday Evenings 'lil 9 EL CON CENTER SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1973 TUCSON DAILY CITIZEN PAGE II

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