(PRWEB) April 24, 2006
The dog art and memorabilia market is heating up to the degree that some of the world’s most esteemed auction houses are dedicating auctions specifically to the dog genre.
"The fact that prestigious auction houses annually create dog-specific catalogs legitimises this entire collecting genre," says DogCo.com owner Erin Fogarty. "But it's not just dog fine art that is capturing the hearts of collectors. All dog memorabilia is very hot right now and looks to be a great investment for the coming years."
Fogarty created http://www.DogCo.com as an information website reporting specifically on the dog antique, collectible and memorabilia marketplace.
"We are seeing a lot of interest in items which have actually belonged to dogs such as antique dog collars, dog license tags, dog bowls. As more information about these niche collecting areas becomes available so the collecting base grows.
"Queen Victoria is the person to thank for a lot of the dog antiques and memorabilia available in the market today. She popularised dog portraiture through paintings commissioned of her favourite dogs. Royal Family photographs regularly included a favoured dog or two and being a trendsetter, her subjects followed her lead."
Antique paintings and photographs are desirable also because of the way they accurately portray the origins of many of the popular dog breeds of today which have physically changed significantly in the past 100 years.
Certain dog breeds are well represented in the memorabilia market, particularly if they have an iconic dog in their history.
President Roosevelt's Scottish terrier companion, Fala, spawned a huge array of Scottie collectibles to the extent that, by the middle of the 20th century, this breed had infiltrated just about every area of our homes and lives.
Says Fogarty: "We have created http://www.DogCo.com as a reference point for all dog collectors. Information, price guides and a friendly discussion forum are among the services we offer."
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