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A friend got a pair of pictures of little girls with wide-open eyes as a gift for her daughter in the 1960s. They were paintings by an unknown French artist in the style of the then-popular pictures by Walter Keane. Last month it was included in an auction that was offering other low-priced pieces. It was estimated at $50. It didn’t get a single bid. At the auction's next sale, it still didn’t get a bid, so the auctioneer offered to sell it at any price. It sold for $1--it's cute but has no artistic value. If it had been a real 1970s painting by Keane, it could have cost $50,000. A recent book tells the story of Walter and Margaret Keane. He was publicized as the artist, but she did the actual painting. He made millions selling the paintings and prints but died in 2000, almost broke. She is still a working artist in San Francisco. A movie about the Keanes will be out in December.

 

Photo Credit: Etsy: Big Eye Shop

 

 

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#4 ownerangelbronze 2015-01-08 00:58
Problem is the movie may be a huge misrepresentati on of the real story. What you don't hear is the 1986 case was overturned and all the documentation refuting Margaret's side. Also not mentioned is stolen transparencies and who really has copyrights. Read the link.
#3 mspurpleathena 2014-07-10 21:50
In 1962, I purchased the Keane lithograph, "Runaway" at the Seattle World's Fair. I've had it professionally framed in Mississippi. Any idea what it's worth? I also have a Maio
ballerina print and would like to know the value. In addition,
I have several Keane postcards. If anyone knows values, I
would appreciate hearing….
#2 hoarderjustafunluvnguy 2014-07-10 00:15
I have a pair of lithos of wide eyed girls by an artist signed Maio published for soroka sales inc.Do you know the value and age of them.
#1 I remember theseDonMI 2014-07-10 00:10
It seemed like everyone had these pictures back in the 60s and 70s because they were a really cheap way to get something that looked like real art into your home. Ours probably came from a dime store and had plastic frames.

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