Dear Helaine and Joe: you re welcome tell me the value of these gold etchings of Lionel Barrymore sketches and also how to go around selling them for my mother. Give thanks to you, J. K.

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Dear Helaine and also Joe:

Please tell me the value of these gold etchings that Lionel Barrymore sketches and also how to go around selling them because that my mother.

Thank you,

J. K.

Dear J. K.:

This is not the first time we have addressed the concern of the gold-toned photos that lug the "signature" that the great actor Lionel Barrymore in the margin. We questioned this issue around five years ago, and also unfortunately, they have not come to be of an ext interest to collectors in the intervening half-decade.

One of the prints belonging come J. K."s mommy is title "Point Pleasant," the various other "Point Mugu." We room not quite sure where suggest Pleasant can be located due to the fact that most the the images Lionel Barrymore developed were from locations in California and new England, however there are point Pleasant areas in California, brand-new Jersey, Ohio, West Virginia and also Pennsylvania.

Point Mugu, top top the various other hand, is basic to locate. This is located in Ventura County, Calif., near the city that Oxnard. The name is assumed to be obtained from the Chumash (a seagoing aboriginal American human being living in southern California between around Malibu and Morro Bay). "Mugu" is stated to it is in from the Chumash indigenous "Muwu," which way "beach."

Lionel Barrymore was born April 28, 1878, in Philadelphia. His parents to be actors Georgiana Drew and Maurice Barrymore, who had actually been born Maurice Blythe. Young Lionel want to it is in an artist and also sometime in the mid-1890s went to Paris to research art.

He went back to the United states in the early 1900s to get in the family business of acting. He had actually his an initial role in a Broadway beat in 1907, and also his an initial credited film duty came in 1908 v the silent film "Paris Hat." Lionel Barrymore was not really happy v acting and could be uncovered drawing in between scenes on movie sets.

He did create some etchings during his lifetime, and also these deserve to be valuable. Yet the photos in today"s concern were mass-produced years after the actor"s death in 1955 by Brown and also Bigelow, i m sorry is a agency best recognized for its production of calendars and promotional materials for entities such together insurance companies. Estimates of the prints" period vary indigenous the so late 1950s come the 1970s.

Although it is a bit fuzzy in the photographs provided by J. K., we believe the Brown and Bigelow logo is in the lower-left edge of these images. The "Barrymore" pieces normally came in set in a portfolio. Lock must have been published in rather huge numbers due to the fact that they are obtainable both online and in antiques malls across the country.

At least one of the prints shows up to it is in damaged. We definitely see 4 longitudinal creases in the point Mugu example, and these will make the image practically worthless. The point Pleasant instance may be in an excellent condition, but its monetary value because that sales objectives is probably less than $50.

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