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Booker's Advantage by Thomas Kepple
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October 5, 2016 - 10:09 am
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Hi Kekoa7

Welcome to eHangar.com and congrats on your first post. However, the image is missing. Could you edit your post and re-insert the image again?

Cheers

Sunny

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Glad you were able to get the images into your post.

As your topic is about getting information and possible valuation for your art print, I have moved it out of the “Your Collection” section to this “Reviews, Comments and Questions” section which is more appropriate smile2

The question of how much your specific print is valued at currently for the purpose of selling it is a frequently-asked question here, with many answers given over the years in many threads here.

Fuzzy, one of our senior members and site moderator, has written a very good post to answer your question. I thought I had ‘pinned’ it somewhere but have not found it yet. I know its here somewhere, so I am hoping fuzzy will chime in soon in this thread, to point you to that very useful post on accessing a print’s value.

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You may also wish to search the forum with keywords such as “value” or “valuation” to read past topics asking this question.

In addition, I recommend reading the very interesting topic about the aviation art print collection marketreadnews

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October 5, 2016 - 6:26 pm
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Hi kekoa7,

Thanks for sharing the print with us.  In all my years of following aviation art, I have not heard of Thomas Kepple, or seen this print.

I suspect that may be an indicator of its value right there.  If the artist and his work were sought-after, we probably would have at least heard the name by now.

The print is somewhat representative of typical aviation art from many decades ago.  The sky is not very interesting and the landscape is not very convincing.  There may be some distortion from the camera, but based on the picture supplied, the Albatros is very misshapen.  The Sop Tri does not appear to be as bad, but I wouldn’t say it’s spot-on either.  I’m not familiar with those particular markings, but it looks like the Sop Tri has a white nose.  I don’t recall ever seeing that, and suspect the nose should have been bare metal.

I’d be surprised if this print had any significant value.  Perhaps there may be a few collectors who have a nostalgic connection to this old print, but outside of that, I would not expect it to fetch much more than $20 on eBay.  Hope I’m wrong about that, but I just don’t see it.

fuzzy

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fuzzy, thank you for chiming in here.

I have never heard of Thomas Kepple either. But then again, there are many artists who may be painting other genres and venture into aviation art and self-publish a small run of prints, as may have been the case here. As such, I too would venture to say that the resale value of such a print would also be quite low. I know this may not be the answer kekoa7 may have wanted to read, but just take it as personal opinions. 

Hmmm, I see the 3 posted images have since been deleted.

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October 5, 2016 - 8:57 pm
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It looks like Thomas Kepple is a fairly prolific painter of WW I aviation subjects, and you don’t need to search any further than…..eHanger!  Take a look at the “Originals Held by Barnstormer” thread, among others.

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Thanks Gus,

Before posting, I did a quick google search and didn’t find anything on Kepple.  I also did an eHangar search, and came up empty.  Turns out I should have done an “advanced search” and clicked the “all forums” option.  Had I done that, I would have seen the Kepple paintings in Barnstormer’s thread.  

Sadly, it all appears for naught, as kekoa7 has deleted his post.  I have to assume my post was not well-received.

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I think you were right on with dating the Kepple print/painting fuzzy.  My guess is he was a contemporary of Alfred Owles, and other early post WW I artists.  I think the original painting from which the print was made is on Barnstormer’s thread.

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October 6, 2016 - 3:20 am
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Thanks Gus for looking that up and letting us know. Haha, its ironic that this info was available on this site all this while. I was just going through some old threads the other day about prices and valuations to help answer kekoa7’s question and spent a bit of time re-reading many old posts – wow, we really do have a lot of information on this forum on just about everything about aviation art, don’t we?

By the way, fuzzy, I thought I had pinned one of your posts detailing your thoughts on how to appraise the value of a print, but I can’t seem to find the post now. Do you happen to have the link or remember in which section and thread it was posted in?

Yes, its a pity kekoa7 deleted his posts, which could have served as a reference point in the future for other collectors wanting to know the answers to similar questions.

Perhaps I should set the forum so that posters need to ask the site mods or admin to help delete their own posts. What do you think?

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October 6, 2016 - 12:56 pm
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I agree Sunny, the breath and depth of information about aviation art here on eHangar is incredible.  You can spend hours surfing this site, and barely scratch the surface.  It’s great to see eHangar functioning smoothly again, and hopefully we can all look forward to new artwork and new threads being added in the future, and a robust dialog between the members.

I agree that there should be some level of control over the deletion of individual posts.  Otherwise a thread can end up with gaps that can damage or destroy the continuity, and confuse readers in the future.  Like on this thread.  Here we art discussing a piece of aviation art that no one can see.

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October 6, 2016 - 2:27 pm
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Sunny,

Here’s the old “What’s My Print Worth?” thread:

http://ehangar.com/forum/colle…..case-study

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October 10, 2016 - 8:57 am
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Thanks very much, fuzzy! twothumbsup

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