Auction, for the bears; or, tidying up.

I am tidying up my studio. And believe me it needs tidying. I am getting rid of things, some out into the bin, some disposed of in a more useful and creative way.

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So, I have decided to auction the page proofs for Something About a Bear. Below are all the pages, and the cover. They are printed on some strange kind of plastic, and they are as far as I am aware the only set of proofs in the wide wild world ( because the publisher throws them away once the book is printed).

Now, pay carful attention. To bid on a piece click on the image and below it you will see a comment box. Check what the last bid is, then place yours. Keep an eye on it to see how the auction goes. Bids will only be accepted IF they are placed in this way. Comment will only appear once I have approved it so don’t worry. I will check every day. If you are a collector and you want to purchase the whole set you will have to keep a careful eye on progress.

The auction will end some time before the second week of December but I will begin winding it up page by page from the beginning of December, so watch out on here, and I will try to shout on Facebook and twitter and my blog so that people are aware. Hope all this makes sense. If bids could be raised by a minimum of £5 a time that would be wonderful. Don’t want people adding £1 at the last minute. These kinds of things get so complicated so please bare with me. I will do the best that I can to be fair.

All money raised will be paid direct to Hauser Bears. Once I have been advised by them that the money has been paid I will send you your picture.

These are proof pages. The title page has cat paw prints on. The edges have printers info. They have been carried around a bit, and they have words on. But they can be framed. ALL BIDS MUST BE IN £ sterling please.

So, please share, let’s raise as much money as we can. And let’s see if it can work in this way. If you want to get a better look at them, buy the book or go to the library.

 

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Cover: Front and back cover, with flaps, crease off centre

Front endpaper, bear with paw prints

Front endpaper, bear with paw prints

 

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Title page, with cat paw prints where the White Cat decided that maybe this was a book about him, and he walked across it. Might wipe off. Not sure.

First spread, with brown bear and baby.

First spread, with brown bear and baby.

Fishing in the water

Fishing in the water.

Polar bear and baby

Polar bear and baby

Mary the Bear was born on this page when I realised that the baby bear looked like Mary Plain.

Mary the Bear was born on this page when I realised that the baby bear looked like Mary Plain.

When I grow up I want to be a sloth bear!

When I grow up I want to be a sloth bear!

Moon Bear. These bears are often held in captivity as dancing bears and also suffer poaching and hunting for bear parts.

Moon Bear. These bears are often held in captivity as dancing bears and also suffer poaching and hunting for bear parts.

Swimming polar bear. This was the first spread that I painted.

Swimming polar bear. This was the first spread that I painted.

Su.n Bear, the velvet bear

Su.n Bear, the velvet bear

Black bear and spirit bear. The raven was painted using a photo of the ravens from The Tower of London.

Black bear and spirit bear. The raven was painted using a photo of the ravens from The Tower of London.

All the bears in the wild wide world.......

All the bears in the wild wide world…….

Baby bear and teddy bear

Baby bear and teddy bear

All the bears. Lots of writing on this one. Maybe not so good for framing, but the small bears are quite fine.

All the bears. Lots of writing on this one. Maybe not so good for framing, but the small bears are quite fine.

Big bear paws. Perfect for framing. But remember it is only a proof page, not the original painting. But that said, there isn't another one.

Big bear paws. Perfect for framing. But remember it is only a proof page, not the original painting. But that said, there isn’t another one.

Reserve price on all pages of Something About a Bear is £20. As I tidy up my studio space I may add more things. Please share.

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.

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5 Responses to Auction, for the bears; or, tidying up.

  1. Caroline says:

    Beautiful. But are you quite sure that’s a polar bear and baby in the sixth proof shot? 😛

  2. Cathy Cooper says:

    And the Fisher King was painted using a photo by Cathy Cooper.

  3. Miriam Obrey says:

    Can I buy copies of the books for my grandchildren – also of your 2015 calendar for my family and friends – please?

  4. Mary says:

    When do auctions end? Will you ship to the USA?
    Thank you.

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