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    Mayo Olmstead - Original Calendar and Advertising Pin-up (c.1950). Mayo Olmstead was a contemporary of Gil Elvgren, and was assisted by the famous pin-up artist several times in his career. Olmstead began showing serious talent at an early age and was later referred to Elvgren by one of his teachers. This eventually led to Olmstead being hired by the Brown & Bigelow Calendar Company in 1953, where he created numerous pin-up and glamour images. Most notable was his work for the double set of playing cards (entitled Sincerely Yours) published by Brown & Bigelow in 1955, and his subjects which featured pin-up girls and automobiles. The latter were often used in advertising in addition to being published as calendars. Such is the case with this offering, a superb early example of the artist's work with Brown & Bigelow, this image was also used as an ad for the Kelly-Springfield Tire Company's "Celebrity Tire." Like all of Olmstead's work for Brown & Bigelow, it is rendered in oil on canvas and signed by him simply as "Mayo." The painting measures 32 x 24 and is signed lower right. A wonderful and wholesome image of lovely girl who seems completely content with the three essentials in her life: her car, her dog, and her gun.

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    March, 2003
    6th-10th Thursday-Monday
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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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