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    Carl Barks Always Another Rainbow Oil Painting Original Art (1974). Here is Carl Barks' classic portrait of the young Scrooge McDuck -- the doer; a visionary, but not a dreamer; alone, but not afraid.

    The title is familiar to even the casual Barks fan since it lent its name to Bruce Hamilton's well-known publishing firm, Another Rainbow. "McDuck's stance, the light, the whole composition suggest that there's Always Another Rainbow to chase," noted Comic Book Marketplace in its history of Hamilton's company. When Hamilton reproduced the painting is his reprint volumes, he noted, "This ... oil was the inspiration for both the name of our publishing company and the guiding philosophy for every project we approach."

    In this painting Barks pays a tip of the artistic beret to another master of fantasy art. As quoted on page 212 (color plate 68) of The Fine Art of Walt Disney's Donald Duck, Barks said, "I gave the painting a Frazetta-like coloring. There is an emotional quality in graying the colors. It's not a finely-finished picture -- it's fairly roughly painted. If I'd gotten down with my brush and my magnifying glass I could have clearly shown the fabric."

    The image area of this heroic portrait, indexed by Barks scholars as painting #91P (Barks identification number 23-74), is 8" x 10", and it has been framed to an overall size of 13" x 15.5". The art is in Excellent condition. Signed by Carl Barks at the lower left. From the Kerby Confer Collection.

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    August, 2010
    5th-6th Thursday-Friday
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    I have done a preliminary analysis and the total of the hammer prices was $67,550. With BP, the final figure was $80,722.25. That is against the total insurance value of $34,785 or 2.32 x ‘pre-auction estimate’. Incredible, really, so a big thanks.
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