OVER 300 WORKS OF 20th CENTURY FINE ART AND CONTEMPORARY ART WILL BE SOLD SAT., MAY 29, BY BATERBYS ART AUCTION GALLERY IN ORLANDO, AND SAT., MAY 22, AT THE NEW PALM BEACH COUNTY GALLERY IN DELRAY BEACH

. May 7, 2010

(ORLANDO, Fla.) – More than 300 original and reprographic works of art by some of the most prominent names in fine art (like Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, Joan Miro and Marc Chagall) and contemporary art (like Peter Max, LeRoy Neiman, Charles Fazzino and Nicola Simbari) will be sold at two live and Internet spring auctions by Baterbys Art Auction Gallery.

The Saturday, May 29 sale will be conducted at Baterbys’ spacious Pointe Orlando gallery, located at 9101 International Drive (Suite 1008) in Orlando. A week before, on May 22, an auction will be held at Baterbys’ new Palm Beach Gallery, located at 13900 South Jog Road in Delray Beach. Both auctions will begin promptly at 6 p.m., with previews scheduled for 5-6.

The entire auctioneers’ premium for both sales will be donated to Give Kids the World (www.gktw.org), based in Kissimmee, Fla. The charity organization operates a 70-acre resort-style village specifically designed for children with special needs. Entertainment attractions, whimsical venues and fun are provided for kids in need, in the over 100 villa accommodations.

Free cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be provided by a local Cuban restaurant, creating a festive atmosphere that bidders will enjoy as they peruse artwork in a range of themes, such as City Scenes, Biblical and Religious, Abstract and Realist. Online bidding will be facilitated by LiveAuctioneers.com and iCollector.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted. It is important to note, too, that unlike many other auctions, this one will have no buyer’s premium.

The spring auction is only the second major sale of the year for Baterbys, named Best Gallery in Orlando by Orlando Style Magazine and the arts website SneakySunday.com. Bidders will have the chance to win free works of art and other giveaways during spontaneous raffles held throughout the auction. Everyone will receive a free print valued at $100 just for attending.

“Our spring auction is all about the prolific use of bold colors and the elaborate portrayal of places where people spend leisure time and images ease the mind,” said John Magpantay of Baterbys Auction Gallery. “It’s about that time of year when things bloom in full. It’s also the perfect time to change the art on your walls. A new season calls for fresh and spritely new art.”

Following are some anticipated highlights of the auction, with high and low estimates.

Not many auctions can boast a work by Rembrandt, but Baterbys has actually secured several signed reprints of original etchings by the Dutch master. One work, titled Christ and the Woman of Samaria, Among Ruins (circa 1634), measures 6 inches by 5 inches and should bring $3,000-$4,000. The piece was signed in the etching plate by Rembrandt, who lived 1606-1669.

An original oil on canvas by the German artist Alfred Gockel (b. 1952), titled Caribbean Blue, is estimated to hit $8,000-$9,000. The work is sizable, 59 inches by 39 inches, and signed by the artist. Gockel had his first artwork released by a German publisher at age 8. Today, he owns his own publishing firm and he publishes his own prints and limited-edition silk screens.

The iconic pop artist Peter Max (b. 1937) will be well-represented in this auction, with two signed serigraphs on paper expected to do particularly well. Both are from the artist’s Disney Suite. One depicts Donald Duck and the other Goofy. Both measure 15 ¾ inches by 13 ¾ inches and both are from limited editions of 500 prints. They each carry estimates of $3,000-$4,000.

Pino (born Giuseppe Dangelico) is an Italian artist noted for his exceptional ability to capture the movements and expressions of his subjects. He does this superbly in the hand embellished giclee on canvas work titled Precious Moments (est. $4,500-$5,000). The signed giclee is one of only 95 copies produced and will suit a wall nicely at 36 inches by 48 inches.

Fernando de Jesus Oliveira (b. 1946), the artist simply called “Ferjo,” was born in Brazil but has become one of the most compelling artists on the American scene today. His extensive studies culminated in surrealistic, lyric interpretations of famous artistic motifs. Ferjo’s 16 inch by 16 inch original oil on canvas titled Picasso’s Unwritten Melody should bring $4,000-$4,500.

Mississippi-born artist Jackie Holland Berkley’s original acrylic on canvas, done circa 2006 and titled Portside #15, is expected to cross the block at $2,000-$2,500. The signed work measures 30 inches by 30 inches. Berkley’s work has been exhibited at many galleries and in the corporate offices of Disney, Exxon, Universal Studios, Federal Express and the Ritz-Carlton.

Baterbys offers its clients something unique in the industry: a lifetime money-back guarantee of authenticity for each work of art it sells. This is important to buyers looking to build a collection, since provenance is everything. Baterbys believes that gaining a buyer’s trust is key to ensuring they will become repeat customers. No other auction house offers such a guarantee.

Baterbys has over 25 years’ in the art world and auctioneering. The firm specializes in Internet and live auctions of authentic artwork, especially 20th-century masters, from Dali to Chagall, Picasso, Fini and numerous post-Impressionists. Baterbys’ main concentration is in rare graphic works. The firm is always accepting quality consignments for future fine art auctions.

Baterbys produces quarterly art review books that also serve as catalogs. They are a complete reference to all the artists Baterbys sells for dealers, collectors and new buyers. The catalogs feature artist biographies, discussions of the artwork, and full museum-style descriptions of all the items. The cost is $124 hard-cover, $94.99 soft-cover (less with a subscription).

For more information on Baterbys and the firm’s upcoming live and Internet auction, log on to www.baterbys.com. To consign a single piece of art, an estate or an entire collection, you may call them toll-free, at (866) 537-0265. Or, you can e-mail them, at press@baterbys.com

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