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#1 terrance trump

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 19:43

For anyone who is interested, one of Tony Matthews original illustrations recently sold at the Goodwood Festival of Speed Bonhams auction.

http://www.bonhams.c...ns/20143/lot/7/

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#2 E1pix

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Posted 30 June 2012 - 20:28

Thanks Terrance, awesome illustration!

Tony's quite brilliant (just don't tell him! ;) ), and I hope he gets the money in this sale (?). What an example of building and maximizing one's talent.


#3 Tony Matthews

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 09:06

No money for me, E1, it is a drawing that I gave to someone who I thought would appreciate it. Of course, when you give something unconditionally and it then moves on, you can't have regrets. I just hope it made it's previous owner a lot of money, and gives its new owner some pleasure. Can't help being intrigued about the price though - a couple of hundred at the most, I would guess, I hope it wasn't much less!

Edited to say I've just seen the price! £562 inc premium. Pity there wasn't a zero behind it!

Edited by Tony Matthews, 01 July 2012 - 09:07.


#4 Wirra

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 11:04

...Pity there wasn't a zero behind it!

Do you mean the Trojan on one side and flip it over and there would be a cutaway of a Zero on the other? As you're the artist you should have thought of that at the time.

#5 Kpy

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 15:33

Here's one, not an original, that I still appreciate after almost exactly 30 years.

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and a puzzling one waiting for wall space

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#6 Tony Matthews

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 16:05

Do you mean the Trojan on one side and flip it over and there would be a cutaway of a Zero on the other? As you're the artist you should have thought of that at the time.

:) There was a Zero to the right which is why the Trojan is disappearing off to the left.


Kpy, the Ferrari looks a bit of a bitza!


#7 Kpy

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 16:46

Kpy, the Ferrari looks a bit of a bitza!

Nah THIS is a Bitza
© Wouter Melissen




Edit link tweaked.

Edited by Kpy, 02 July 2012 - 20:15.


#8 Duc-Man

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 16:51

It's a well known fact that art usually gets expensive after the artist passed away. But me thinks that counts only for art as in art (like some of the overrated rubbish you can see in museums and galleries) and not for art as in illustrations.

Does anybody remember that movie about a painter that faked his death to make money?

#9 Tony Matthews

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 17:07

I wonder if I'll be able to access my £millions from beyond the grave. Probably not...

#10 E1pix

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Posted 01 July 2012 - 22:30

Maybe we can trade each other's riches after we're gone.

Oh, wait a minute... :confused:

#11 Zoe

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 13:09

Here's one, not an original, that I still appreciate after almost exactly 30 years.


and a puzzling one waiting for wall space


Oooohh, droool.... where can I get such a nice jigsaw?

Zoe

#12 D-Type

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 19:19

Nah THIS is a Bitza
© Wouter Melissen


The link doesn't work (on Firefox) it gives an "Access forbidden" message :confused:

#13 Kpy

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 20:18

Thanks Duncan. It's not the fault of Firefox - the source code for the image has been changed.
I've tweaked the link.

#14 Tony Matthews

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 22:36

Oooohh, droool.... where can I get such a nice jigsaw?

Zoe

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They sometimes appear in jumble sales or eBay, Zoe. Even I don't have a complete collection!


Edited by Tony Matthews, 02 July 2012 - 22:39.


#15 Tony Matthews

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Posted 02 July 2012 - 22:41

Nah THIS is a Bitza
© Wouter Melissen

I wonder if Ray Selley still has his Bitza. In fact I wonder if Ray Selley is still alive...

#16 David Birchall

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 02:11

Tony, Is it possible to get decent sized prints of your work?

#17 E1pix

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Posted 03 July 2012 - 05:44

+1 :)

#18 Zoe

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 06:41

They sometimes appear in jumble sales or eBay, Zoe. Even I don't have a complete collection!


Thanks for the picture and the info. Never seen them before (I guess there aren't many available even on yard sales in Germany...)

Zoe

#19 Tony Matthews

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 10:37

Tony, Is it possible to get decent sized prints of your work?

I don't get involved in prints David, I have on a couple of occasions, but both times it was costly and/or frustrating. The JaguarD-Type cutaway was produced as a jigsaw, in the same series but too late to feature in the advertising, and as a print on good quality, heavyweight paper. These were eventually offered to me, free, and I advertised them in various magazines for £50 including postage, which was silly, on reflection. There is a big difference in cost between Hitchin and Leicester and Hitchin and Aukland, NZ... I think I sold about ten over a 12-month period, then, as they were taking up so much room, I had to burn 450 of them. No easy task, but my local waste site wouldn't accept them, classing them as Industrial Waste. On another venture I sold two prints and lost £75.

Just goes to show that my initial scepticism was well-founded.

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#20 David Birchall

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 15:02

Bu**er! :|


I was going to leave it at that but the thought of 450 of your D Type cutaways burning is leaving me feeling ill.

Would you be interested in doing a limited run for TNF with pre-paid being part of the deal?

Edited by David Birchall, 04 July 2012 - 15:06.


#21 E1pix

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 19:50

I'd be happy to donate the pre-press work on that gig.

#22 Magoo

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Posted 04 July 2012 - 20:29

I am incredibly proud to report that Tony Matthews is the newest contributor at Mac's Motor City Garage. In a brand new series, Tony selects one of his incredible cutaways for feature and then relates a bit of the backstory behind the original production of the artwork -- told as only Tony could, with all the style and humor you've come to know.

The first installment of the series, including a generous web reproduction of the original artwork, is Neil Corner's Maserati Tipo 250F.

And be sure to watch for the next chapter on the Williams FW07C, coming soon.

Edited by Magoo, 04 July 2012 - 20:31.


#23 timf5000

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 13:01

Think Tony's illustration sold at Bonhams of my Trojan T102 is probably worth more than the whole car which is now sitting forlornly in my workshop after the crown wheel and pinion decided to explode through the gearbox casing at last weekend's Superprix.....

Edited by timf5000, 06 July 2012 - 13:03.


#24 Tony Matthews

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Posted 06 July 2012 - 15:34

Very sorry to here that! The drawing would be a bit easier to repair, too.