LeRoy Neiman signed prints set to light up Universal Live auction

The headline-grabbing lot in Universal Live's upcoming auction is of course the Rembrandt self portrait etching, but some of the other lots in the January 10 auction are also worth a good look.

In particular, there are 20 LeRoy Neiman signed limited edition prints.

Among the Neiman works is a large serigraph on paper titled Resting Tiger from 2008, which carries an estimate of $11,300-$14,120. Another original Neiman serigraph titled Khemosabe depicts a spirited horse and is from an edition of 300 in 1985.

"They're not new. You just can't go out and buy these in a store," said Shape.

LeRoy Neiman signed golf art serigraph on paper Resting Tiger
Resting Tiger - LeRoy Neiman signed golf art serigraph on paper

Likewise, the Henri Mattisse Jazz Suite limited edition (100) print titled Sword Swallower dates to 1947 and carries an estimate of $31,050-$38,815.

There is also a Picasso to watch in this sale. Not a painting, but a more affordable giclee titled LeRoi, which is pencil numbered from a limited edition of 500. Picturing a man's face, the work measures 18 1/2 x 15 inches and has a $600-$700 estimate.

Many collectors don't realise that it's possible to get rare signed prints by an artist for a fraction of what their paintings would cost.

We have the above example - signed "Marc Chagall" - for sale at Paul Fraser Collectibles priced at just £895 ($1,475).

Several original paintings by William Chambers, which were used to make limited edition collector plates for the Bradford Exchange in the 1980s, are available. Painted on a 36-inch square canvas, an original painting depicting the dance scene from the movie The King and I is estimated at $20,000-$35,000.

LeRoy Neiman's Khemosabe
LeRoy Neiman's Khemosabe

While this represents one of Universal Live's high-end auctions, not all the works offered have five-figure estimates.

A small but charming print titled The Mill by Andy Warhol, circa 1958, measuring 5 inches by 5 1/2 inches, has an estimate of $2,800-$4,310, which Shape considers an attractive price.

An Alexander Calder signed and numbered (43 of 125) print titled Spirals, 26 inches by 38 inches, will be offered with a $5,000-$6,000 estimate.

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