Walter E Baum paintings provide entry-level opportunities at auction

Three paintings by US artist Walter E Baum (1884-1956) are expected to highlight an auction in his home state of Pennsylvania on May 19-20.

On Easton Street, a 30 by 36 inch oil on canvas will star at the Harrisburg sale, valued at $10,000 to $20,000.

The impressionist artist is famed for his regional landscapes, and can achieve significant sums at auction, suggesting that the estimate could be on the conservative side.

Baum paintings
This Baum winter scene is up for auction

"The Mill Sellersville - Winter Friedensville", a 30 by 40 inch oil on canvas, sold for $85,000 in June 2007, while Mill at Sellersville, a 30 by 36 inch piece, made $31,000 in December 2008.

Two smaller works, "Milford Square, A Village Near Quakertown", and an example of his famous wintry scenes will also star at the auction.

The sale is a reminder to collectors that it remains possible to pick up highly collectible pieces of art at extremely attractive prices.

At Paul Fraser Collectibles we recognise the attraction of entry level pieces to new art investors. This signed sketch by Salvador Dali, available to you today, is a perfect case in point.

Other painting highlights will include pieces by Ogden Minton Pleissner, Marie Joseph Ernest Le Nail and Gail Sherman Corbett.

The auction is nothing if not eclectic.

It will also feature a collection of 92 walking sticks, including a presentation cane given to Simon Cameron, the secretary of war under Abraham Lincoln, by Union general Benjamin Butler.

21 lots of early baseball cards will also be up for grabs, including a T206 Bill O'Hara specimen from 1909 to 1911, valued at $2,000 to $4,000.

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