Saturday, March 6, 2010

Grandma's art

There were many things my grandma loved about life, and she was a very talented woman craft wise. She always made lovely quilts, cute paintings, and even started working with ceramics. She made me a beautiful Betty Boop ceramic doll years ago, and I was so sad when we moved and the foot was broken. In my research to get a price for the insurance company, I received this email from someone who makes, sells and collects these dolls. His thoughts on the doll proved that my feelings were not bias at all. Betty Boop was grandma's favorite cartoon, and I watched many old Betty boop cartoons with her when I was a little girl.

Subject: Re: betty boop replacement
Date: Tue, 1 Apr 2008 11:22:32 -0500

Dear Dawn,
I can give you the benefit of my years selling these items, and the thousands of web sites I have visited to find the highest quality figures.
First of all, it is hand made, and one of a kind. Secondly, it is made of ceramic, while most comparable figures are made of polyresin. The size is also quite nice, matching up with our Betty Boop at the Beach figurine, which sells for $149.00 on eBay or in our stores. Last of all, it is an heirloom. All of these factors would contribute to a higher value.
If I were selling it myself, I would put it somewhere in the $95 to $185 range, depending upon condition and detail.
I ran this past my supplier in Holland as well, and he agrees with my evaluation. It looks to be a very nice piece, even though the flash photo bleeds out some of the color. (In other words, I feel it would look nicer in person.)
I hope this helps you with the insurance company, and you may certainly use a copy of this email to assist you.
Wishing you all the best,

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