So you’ve found a great, natural wood-floor, well-lit gallery space, and you rented it. Now what are you going to fill it up with?
My first answer would normally be “Nothing”.
Me, I’d leave the gallery totally empty except for a few very large, very impressive celebrity art in the form of paintings or other types of hanging pieces, and maybe a few full-length sculptures, a meeting area on a luxury Persian carpet, and that’s it.
My preference is to make a few good sales a year, rather than keep the register going “ka-ching”, but that’s not how we’re going to run this gallery, because there’s a lot more at stake here than celebrity art and celebrity artists.
Read it and weep — we’re going to wade through a bit of negative news first, but I assure you that there’s GOOD NEWS at the end of the trail — here is a list of the top 14 eBay searchwords for ART, listed in the order of their relative importance, most-popular searchword in the first place, least popular searchword in last place, thus:
Antique Oil Painting
Original Oil Painting
Metal Wall Art
WPA (Work Progress Administration — Depression Era Art)
In the course of making several dozen Cornflower Mandalas yesterday, I happened upon a disk made of the embossing metal I’ve been using for decades, now, and duly made a Cornfield Mandala upon it and packed it into a dollar-sized cardboard “flip” coin holder, so-called because to look at the other side of a coin, you flip the flip over with an easy practiced move.
Boy, the key word there is surely “practiced”, and “practiced moves” is what metal embossing and coin-carving is all about, and that goes double for gem-setting and ring-making and painting and sculpting and video gaming and hopscotch and just about anything else you endeavor to do well.
The “right moves” is a Big Number in Buddhism, meaning that it’s important.
“Right Action” means making the right moves at the right time in the right place with the right intention, nice and smooth, making no sudden moves, no ripples in the Firmament or Force.
In short, “Right Action” is grace and movement in relating to the universe and other Beings, and is and was a big subject with Picasso, Matisse, Dali and Stravinski. Continue reading →
Here is a list of the items or collections we are offering today:
Jerry Hodges Jurassic Paleontology Collection — $35,000-$50,000
Ancient Gold Collection — Sumerian, Greek, Roman — $100,000-$120,000
Renoir Collection Works on Paper Including 1 Unique — $50,000-$85,000
Ancient Faces Collection — $35,000-$50,000
Mummies, Myth & Magic TAP Tour Show & Licensed Program Script — $25,000
American & German Abstract Expressionists Works on Paper — $6,000-$12,000
Schwaderer Collection — $6,000-$8,000
Hudson Valley Painters Collection — $5,500-$8,500
Cedar Bar Celebrities 1950s Vintage Paintings by E.J. Gold — $110,000-$175,000
Chagall Litho Collection — $10,000-$12,000
Miro Litho Collection — $10,000-$12,000
Picasso Litho Collection — $8,000-$10,000
Dali Collection — $18,000-$22,000
Matisse Collection — $14,000-$18,000
Rembrandt Collection — open to discussion
van Ostade — open to discussion
Durer — open to discussion
Old Masters — open to discussion
Ancient Reconstructed Jewelry in Solid 24k Gold Granulation from $35,000-$450,000 — These are made with ancient glass or stone, dated about 3,500-4,500 years ago. They were made for Isis Gallery on Wilshire & Rodeo Drive, and are worn by very famous women, some of them Royals in Europe and the Middle East. The collection numbers some 150 pieces, literally Crown Jewels, these unique and incredibly rare works of personal adornment cannot be obtained elsewhere for any price.
Golden Age Comic H.L. Gold Collection w/Jor-El Story & MADs — $5,000-$8,000
Theodora van Runkle Islamic Gold Collection — $110,000-$125,000
Mosaic Pottery from the Captivity & Exodus UNIQUE — $110,000-$300,000
Large C-6 Chondrite Meteorites — $8,000-$12,000
The Donner Unpublished Private Letters, Photos & Artifacts — $1,000,000 — Absolutely unique collection of Donner Party Memorabilia from a descendant of the Donner family.
The Spencerian Handwriting & Photo Collection — $8,000-$20,000 — Unique historical documents from Platt Rogers Spencer, inventor of handwriting penmanship technique taught in schools for almost 100 years. His handwritten documents appear in the rotunda of the U.S. Capitol building.
Gurdjieff Library — $5,000-$8,000 — Includes 1st Publication “All & Everything” in MINT with original Prospectus & Completely Intact Dustjacket, plus a very vintage copy of the 1941 prepublication manuscript, plus many rare Gurdjieffian publications not seen in many years.
Legacy Lincoln Collections with Keys Complete 4 Sets, $4,500-$8,500 each.
Legacy Ancient Jewish Coins — Mint Error Coins Very Rare — $5,000-$8,000
Ultra-Rare Greek Miniature Terra-Cotta Theater Masks & Statuettes of Actors, one as Socrates — $35,000-$50,000.
Werkman Holocaust Museum Exhibit with Original Works on Paper — $5,000-$8,000
Claude Needham Stone Sculpture Garden — $45,000-$65,000.
EJ Gold Bronze Sculpture Collection — $200,000-$450,000.
EJ Gold 11-Foot Tall Lightweight Metal-Clad Architectural Sculpture — $22,000-$28,000 — Needs no special engineering or floor supports, can be installed in New York apartment or loft without problems.
EJ Gold Architectural Mural Installation — Price will vary depending on size & shipping weight, installation issues, etc. range: $50,000-$350,000.
Miniature Z-Scale Briefcase Train Set created for Bill Clinton by White House Artist E.J. Gold. — $5,000-$12,000 — Absolutely Unique Marklin set, handmade and fully weathered and populated, with an original watercolor backdrop.
EJ Gold Handpainted Original Terrarium Backdrop — $5,000-$8,000.
EJ Gold Handpainted Original Doggie Jacket — $5,000-$8,000.
EJ Gold Handpainted Reunion Blues Leather Gig Bags, All Instruments, estimates will vary from $5,000-$22,000 for the double-bass bag. Many famous jazz musicians have an EJ Gold Reunion Blues gig bag.
EJ Gold Designed Tiny House Furnished w/Artwork built on your property, all codes and permits included, from $110,000 to $1,450,000 — Your Tiny House is specially designed and fully engineer-architected to be environmentally friendly with all the amenities but none of the hassle of a full-sized house. The Tiny House is built on your property, to your written approval. Special non-offgassing flooring, wallboards, paints and carpeting are used.
Domain Names — hundreds of fabulous domain names, many very short, prices vary, NO ownership, copyright or trademark violations, guaranteed, all sites are up and working, many gathering very good traffic and interest, from s3xx.com all the way to paganwebsite.com — we bought when you could still buy. Realistically and competitively priced from $5,000 to $1,500,000.
Those are just a few of the collections that I can put together for an auction or presentation. There’s everything from baseball cards and celebrity photos to rare perfumes and celebrity costumes seen in films and television.
Do you have the power to make good things happen? Many folks have asked how they can do their Bodhisattva work when they have little money and even less time. I have an answer that will actually help you to increase your income by doing your Bodhisattva work, and I’ll be happy to explain in detail:
You need some SIMPLE ACTION that doesn’t take up too much of your time, doesn’t require a lot of effort, and that will somehow raise your necessity far above your own miserable needs.
You need to find some way to carry out your Bodhisattva work — some action, some activity that will get you into DIRECT CONTACT with those who desperately seek this work and need a trail of bread crumbs laid down for them, which is where YOU come in, O Bornless One.
It’s obvious that you can’t spend the time or energy walking around town trying to talk to every possible candidate for the Work who happens to cross your path. You need some way to get out there without your body, and that’s where this Special Essence Exercise comes in.
The whole idea is to be able to help BigTime without having to lay out a lot of money, and in fact, the action I have in mind can be done with NO money, no investment of anything other than time and energy, of which you have more than you think, and I’m going to try to prove that to you with the Essence Exercise described below: Continue reading →