Midland Park, NJ (PRWEB) May 01, 2012
Art experts and New York Times bestselling authors Les and Sue Fox have announced that they are now sponsors of the "New York Uncovered" segment of The Joan Hamburg Show on WOR talk radio in New York City which airs on Fridays at 12:35 noon. Joan, who has been an icon of New York City's cultural smorgasbord for decades, providing restaurant, theater and travel advice for her huge fan base, engages in a weekly chat with her daughter, Liz. Like her mother Joan, Liz is an adventurous soul who explores the city following up on tips and recommendations of great places to eat, shop and visit, including furniture and clothing stores, and antiques centers. The Hamburgs also have a keen interest in the New York art scene, and often report on noteworthy art exhibits and auctions. Plus, Joan and Liz love to browse garage sales and flea markets, hoping to find something tempting and perhaps valuable.
And so it was a natural association that brought the Foxes and the Hamburgs together. The Hamburgs tell their listeners where to find cool things, and the Foxes tell their readers how to avoid walking past a painting that might be worth a million dollars. On the front cover of their new book "The Art Hunters Handbook" is a 19th century American oil painting titled "Ripening Pears" by Joseph Decker. The painting was bought at a garage sale for $5 in 2001, and sold to the National Gallery of Art in 2004 for $1,000,000. Joan and Liz Hamburg mentioned this story on last week's show, reminding their readers not to "guess" the value of a painting they might be curious about. The Foxes access an online database of 240,000 artists. They provide free research and appraisals to readers of their book as well as to the general public. "The Art Hunters Handbook" reveals trade secrets of the art business, with a cover price of only $16.95. As mentioned on The Joan Hamburg Show, the book is now available on Amazon and eBay.
Les and Sue Fox hope to get their own TV show, called "The Art Hunters", in a year or two. The show would be like The Antiques Roadshow and American Pickers, but focused specifically on original oil paintings.
"People contact us about the value of hundreds of paintings a month," Les said. "Last July, a woman who owns a hot dog stand in North Carolina bought a painting by Fern Coppedge at a very reasonable price. With our help, it was sold at a Pennsylvania auction in December for $29,800. Needless to say, she's pretty happy!" The Foxes can evaluate most paintings online from high quality digital images, plus a close-up of the artist's signature. A personal inspection is needed to verify authenticity.
"A lot of people call or email us about prints and reproductions," explained Sue. "We don't appraise or broker limited editions, seriagraphs or other reproductions, just original paintings by artists with public auction records. If valuable, we then help people auction them at Sotheby's, Christie's and other major auction houses." The Foxes recently predicted that "The Scream", a famous 1895 pastel by Edvard Munch, scheduled to be sold at Sotheby's on May 2nd, will break the current auction record price of $106.5 set by a Picasso at Christie's in 2010. Sotheby's estimates The Scream will bring $80 million. The Foxes say it will go for at least $135 million.
The Foxes cordially invite anyone interested in art or cultural events to tune in to The Joan Hamburg Show, especially the "New York Uncovered" segment on Friday afternoons. For further information, please visit http://www.AmericanArtAdvisor.com.