This is the third post in a series on French artist Victor Dubreuil
and his work involving paper money.
Victor Dubreuil’s works appear on the market with some frequency,
although his limited output means that collectors may have to wait
some time before one crosses the auction block. Most recently, a
painting depicting French 1,000-franc notes overflowing from a barrel
alongside a gun, perhaps painted in the early 20th century after the
artist returned to France, sold for the U.S. equivalent of more than
$100,000 at a March 27, 2015, auction by French auctioneer Artcurial.
More typical is a small 10-inch by 12-inch picture of a basket of
money, offered at a March 25, 2015, American Paintings auction by
Christie’s in New York City that sold for $62,500 against an estimate
of $10,000 to $15,000. That picture depicted notes of varying
denominations with the most identifiable note being a Series 1891 $2
silver certificate, Friedberg 246, with a prominent depiction of
William Windom, a U.S. senator from Minnesota who became secretary of
the Treasury in 1881.
A typical picture by the artist is Barrels of Money, a canvas
measuring 24 by 18 inches from circa 1898 that was offered at an Oct.
16, 2013, Doyle New York auction where it sold for $87,500 against an
estimate of $70,000 to $100,000. Like the smaller picture offered at
Christie’s, it also depicts in the center of the canvas a Series 1891
$2 silver certificate.
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