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I have a sketch of JFK over 30 years old in mint condition.

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I have a sketch of JFK over 30 years old in mint condition. what do I need to look for in order to have it appraised l?
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Appraisals
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
How much is it worth?
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.
Hi There~
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What is the size?
At your convenience, please send a clear in-focus close-up of the signature.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I'm having trouble keeping the reflection out of the picture. And now this website isn't letting me upload...? Is there an email I can send this?
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I have tried every way I can think to upload these photos
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.
Hi, To prevent glare, turn the flash off and hold camera at a raking angle in natural sunlight. You can try emailing your images to***@******.*** and write “For Nora/Antiques” in the subject line of the email. Photos sent by email do not arrive to me directly nor instantly, they get forwarded to me by admin. ~Nora
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
did the pictures come through?
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Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.
Hi, Thank you for the images. Please allow me some time to look these over for you. ~Nora
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
😀 great! Thank youChris
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.
Certainly
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.
Hi Chris~
Thank you for your patience.
This is a reproduction lithograph print of a pencil sketch of President John F. Kennedy by famed American Illustrator, Bernard (Bernie) Fuchs (1932 - 2009) . I sold a vast number of his original paintings and drawings when I worked at Illustration House in New York City, an art gallery/auction house that handled original works by American illustrators from the 19th century to contemporary.
If it were an original pencil by Fuchs (pronounced Fewks) of JFK, the auction estimate would be $1000 - $2000. As a framed vintage print reproduction this would sell for a high average of $75 - $150 on today’s market.
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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
So this is not an original? Would you mind telling me how we know?
Expert:  Nora replied 1 year ago.
Hi Chris,
Certainly.
This is not the original pencil drawing; it is a well-known image by Fuchs that was published often.
The original has markers on it for print publication which include several stamps on it that look like bulls-eye type target. Those were used for lining up the original illustration for photo-shoots to prepare for publication.
The back-side, if original and not in frame, would have the publisher labels and the 'job order' on the back side.
In addition, the signature on the original is a lot more bold and defined. The signature on the print has lightened or washed out significantly in the print reproduction process.
If you take a magnifying loupe to the surface, or capture a higher resolution, extremely in-focus close-up to the surface drawing, there will be a dot matrix pattern indicative of the printing process.
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