Dogs Playing Poker sells for $193,000

Barking Mad

Forbes.com
Nina P. West, Artfact.com
02.29.08

“There’s a market for everything. Need proof? A painting of dogs playing poker, by little-known American artist Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, was recently purchased at Doyle New York for $193,000.

The painting, ”Only A Pair Of Deuces,” fetched the highest price of the day at the annual “Dogs in Art” auction held on Feb. 12. It had been expected to sell for between $60,000 and $80,000.

…Original Coolidge paintings, on the other hand, are exceedingly rare. There are 16 paintings in this series; the whereabouts of many of the original works are unknown. ”Only A Pair Of Deuces” came to the auction house via the artist’s daughter, Marcella Coolidge.”

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