O’Keefe proof print, “Black Iris”

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Mill River, MA USA
Description from user:

This is one of three proof prints I recently bought at an Estate Sale in Canaan, CT. All are by Georgia O’Keefe. Unsigned( of course) printers proofs. Silkscreen? The other titles are “Sunflower” and “Blue and Green Music.”

I know nothing about it.

Answered within 2 days
By George
May 17, 11:56 UTC
Fair Market Value
$500 - $1,000 USD
Suggested Asking Price $800 USD
What does this mean?

Dear Ann,

Thank you for your help and patience.

The presented object appears to be a lithograph in colors on paper with the measurements of 20” x 17 1/2”. The print depicts a flower and is titled in pencil "Black Iris". This print was made after a painting by Georgia O'Keefe (https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/489813). Because of the fields with the test colors, this is a proof print before a larger edition. There is no authetificated print of the Black Iris painting by O'Keefe known. It is questionable if this is a print by O'Keefe or after the painting by another artist. The handwriting reminds me more or less of the handwriting of O'Keefe but this is a weak argument for attribution.

Comparable objects were recently not offered and sold on the international auction market. 
This piece is in good condition and there is no serious damage visible in the images provided.
Fair market estimation for an authenticated print would be between 500 to 1.000 USD.
This estimate is based on actual recent past recorded auction sales of comparable items. Retail "asking prices" can be higher and may vary.

With kind regards, 


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