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"Poker Game" Sold For $658,000!

Tags: Cassius Marcellus Coolidge.
Posted on Monday, November 23, 2015 by "T".

Cassius Marcellus Coolidge's painting "Poker Game" (finished in 1894) went under the hammer last week for an astonishing $658,000! Coolidge (1844-1934) became a well-known artist thanks to his paintings of dogs playing poker, which mirrored the successful middle-class humans of his time.

Some of his other artwork in the same genre have also been sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars, including "A Bold Bluff" and "Waterloo" that were sold for a total of $590,400 in February, 2005.

"Coolidge's first customers were cigar companies, who printed copies of his paintings for giveaways. His fortunes rose when he signed a contract with the printers Brown & Bigelow, who turned out hundreds of thousands of copies of his dog-genre subjects as advertising posters, calendars, and prints," Sotheby's auction house, who sold the painting, stated on its website.

More information about the painting here 


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9 comments for ""Poker Game" Sold For $658,000! "

 pochui11/23/2015 7:39:38 PM GMT
wow what a piece of crap... 650,000 for a painting of dogs playing poker? WTF? on the other hand, maybe i should join the act and start painting guinea pigs playing poker? who knows maybe total bullshitity will take over the world and i will become a famous artist.
 Weenie11/23/2015 9:45:47 PM GMT
Yea, like that black babysitter (I am not rude, I am actually very kind person) in "Intouchables" movie. Did you see that? You had to, everybody seen it. He sold his painting for 10K or so? Man, money just lays on the street. You only need to pick it up lol
 Calmplay11/24/2015 5:54:04 AM GMT
Who bought that for a stunning amount of cash, I knew that painting is valuable but never thought it was more than half a million, about $50k IMO...
 Serpang11/24/2015 11:03:30 AM GMT
Subject really not nice !!! DOG !!!! Who is crazy bought that painting ? but the painting is really good.
I just don't like its topic. Why dog ? insinuation for us ( poker player ) ? if yes, I will hate the fucking bastard painter, lol. lol
 bowie198411/24/2015 12:44:39 PM GMT
Posted by pochui:
...on the other hand, maybe i should join the act and start painting guinea pigs playing poker? who knows maybe total bullshitity will take over the world and i will become a famous artist.

Not without a really cool name like Cassius Marcellus Coolidge...
Can't beleieve he wasn't black after all with a name like that.
 ekankyesme11/25/2015 12:42:51 PM GMT
?????
 klash2311/26/2015 2:53:28 PM GMT
I notice that it says that a lot of his original work was sold for advertising and this is what it looks like to me.Not what I would consider any comparison to classic painters but $658,000 is not a great price in the art world and I am sure it would look nice in one of Vegas casinos.
 TheMachineQC11/26/2015 4:13:12 PM GMT
It always amazed me how expensive paintings can get. That's where you realize money is imaginary and humanity has too much of it lol

658 000 for a painting isn't even a lot, that's the sad part. For some billionaires, that's like a penny anyways. I say for "some" because some self-made billionaires don't forget the value of cash when they have too much of it Blink
 klash2311/27/2015 3:20:47 PM GMT
I was thinking the same as you machine,for a painting which is so well known you would expect it to do well but as you say half a million dollars is peanuts for artwork.
I saw recently that an Amedeo Modigliani painting called reclining nude sold for $170 million and it is not even a good painting....though the Chinese billionaire who bought it once spent $36 million on a rare Ming teacup. Smile

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