The Follow Your Bliss Mega Sale (Auction #119)
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This lot is closed for bidding. Bidding ended on 6/25/2020

This original artwork is signed in ink by the artist, the late great Rick Griffin!


The spring of 2020 has been one for the history books, without a doubt. Amid all the intensity, one of the most important things we can celebrate is the changing of the seasons. As we head down the road into summer, it's time to soak up the outdoors and flock to the beaches - so - SURF'S UP! We are excited to offer this amazing SIGNED ORIGINAL ART by the late, great master Rick Griffin. The opportunity to offer a piece of signed artwork featuring Griffin's classic Murphy character is something we consider an important PAE auction event!  


As a young man in the early 1960's Griffin's two favorite past times were surfing and drawing cartoons. One of Griffin's first artistic projects was creating his famous "Murphy" comic strip for Surfer magazine in 1961. Murphy would appear on the cover of Surfer the following year, and from there Murphy became one of the most famous and beloved characters of the entire era. We believe this black ink / gray wash drawing was produced circa 1964 based on the comparisons to Griffin's Murphy work from that period. 


In recent years we have witnessed a huge increase in demand for Griffin Original Art by collectors worldwide. The reason is simple. In most cases, artwork like this does not make it outside the artist’s circle of immediate family or personal possessions. So when something like this DOES surface, its uniqueness and desirability is quickly perceived by collectors. This piece belonged to the artist and was subsequently acquired by a known collector of Griffin’s work. A unique treasure in its own rite, this piece of signed original art is ONE OF A KIND and cannot be owned again until the winner of this lot decides to part with it for whatever the market will bear.


Estimate - SIGNED Original one of a kind artwork like this is literally priceless, in that there is no price. The collectibles world will be watching to see what value the market attaches to this VERY SPECIAL ARTWORK at this moment in time. Our best guess? $3,000-$6,000.


Artwork – Murphy Drives to the Beach, Pen & Ink Drawing

Grade – PAE Not Graded

Date – Circa 1964

Dimensions – 5 3/8 X 7 3/8"

Printing – Original Artwork

Artist – Rick Griffin

Condition Details – This original art is not graded. 100% Original with no restoration. View the detailed high res photo of this lot. Click on the thumbnail photo, to see an enlarged photo. Click a second time on the magnifying glass in the upper right corner of the enlarged photo. A super high res image with every millimeter will now be clearly displayed. For a personalized eyewitness examination call 410-464-6180, 11:00 am to 6:00pm eastern.


*****This piece is available for inspection at our gallery, by appointment. *****


*A 20% Buyers Premium will be added to the final hammer price of this lot.*

1964-Rick Griffin ORIGINAL ART! Murphy Drives to the Beach-Original Pen & Ink Drawing! SIGNED Griffin! Not Graded1964-Rick Griffin ORIGINAL ART! Murphy Drives to the Beach-Original Pen & Ink Drawing! SIGNED Griffin! Not Graded
1964-Rick Griffin ORIGINAL ART! Murphy Drives to the Beach-Original Pen & Ink Drawing! SIGNED Griffin! Not Graded
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Current Bidding
Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium.: $3,900
Number Bids: 16
Auction closed on Thursday, June 25, 2020.
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