What! You've got to be kidding me.
I see this all the time. Some group that wants to raise funds for their organization hires a company that brings in framed artwork along with their own auctioneer as a package deal for the organization and sells it off during an evening of the traditional wine and such. Best to get everyone a little drunk for this for sure. Here's why...
The promotion in the newspaper reads:
"Art selections may include works of art by Chagall, Picasso, Neiman, Peter Max, Karkay, Rockwell, Wyeth, Delacroix, Renoir and other artists. Most opening bids range from $35 to $300, with collector pieces in the price range of $300 to several thousand dollars"
Perfect! Be there and you might be able to pick up an original Renoir or Andrew Wyeth for as little as $300. Sure! I think it's an insult but I guess people without any knowledge of art whatsoever must fall for this. It certainly doesn't help working artists to have companies out there convincing others that genuine works of art by well known artists can be had for so little. Why would anyone in their right mind want to buy a piece of artwork from you for $300 when they could get an original Delacroix for the same price?