My fascination with Peter Max started in my college days and I have been collecting his prints ever since. My collection is primarily from the Beatles era (aka the psychedelic era) but I also have a few modern pieces.
The Artist Who Painted An Era
In 1999, Peter Max called me personally and asked me to develop a silver jewelry line that he would co-design with his wife and sell on QVC. While nothing ultimately came of that plan, it solidified my love of his work. He is very prolific.
From the finest-done oil paintings and massproduced prints down to signed posters for QVC, imagine the power of selling 1,000 massproduced posters on a TV show for $300 each in one hour and netting a $100,000 profit for
PETER MAX / ZERO IN LOVE MUTUAL ART
Today, Peter Max is reportedly not in good health. While his small bronzes and acrylics have brought $30,000 to $50,000, most lithographs sell in the $300-$1,000 range. Subject matter is important; his early Beatles-era pieces and occasional paintings of a celebrity bring better dollars. He also experimented heavily with “embellished” lithographs (prints with small flourishes), and they sell in the $1,000-$5,000 range.
He was fond of dashing off a personal sketch on the back of a print, which adds value. While his work is not for everyone, his colorful renderings have tickled the fancy of three generations. Remember that condition and size are very important in valuation.
PETER MAX / STATUE OF LIBERTY LITHOGRAPH
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