Latin American art shown

COLLECTIBLES

May 10, 1992|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Q: Where can I see Latin American art by such artists as Rufino Tamayo, who died last year?

A: Tamayo's "The Smile -- La Sonrisa," painted in 1946, sold for $250,000 at a 1981 Sotheby auction. Since then, some of the Mexican artist's works have sold for far more. "Singing Women," a 51- by 72-inch oil on canvas painted in 1940, brought $770,000 at a Sotheby auction in 1990.

Works of Latin American artists Tamayo, Diego Rivera, Fernando Botero, Pedro Figari and others will be featured at Art Chicago '92 May 14-18 at the Merchandise Mart ExpoCenter, 350 N. Orleans St. Call (312) 664-6730. A 300-page catalog is $20 postpaid hardcover, $15 postpaid softcover, from Art Chicago '92, Suite 108, 11640 San Vicente Blvd., Los Angeles, Calif. 90049; (310) 820-0498. Admission is $10; students, $6; seniors, $7. In addition to Latin American works, the show will offer art from all periods, categories and countries.

Q: Where can I sell a 1917 hand-held vibrator made by the Wilton Electric Co.? It's in its original box and still works.

A: Joani Blank collects old electric and pre-electric vibrators and hand-held massagers. Send a description of the piece (indicate any wording or numbers and whether it has a box, attachments or instructions) to Good Vibrations, Box 2086, Burlingame, Calif. 94011; enclose an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply or offer.

Q: Where can I find information on Zippo lighters?

A: Since 1932, the Zippo Manufacturing Co. has produced more than 220 million lighters. Information about these lighters can be found in "The Zippo Lighter Collectors' Guide," available from Box 364, Bradford, Pa. 16701, or write to the Zippo Manufacturing Co., 33 Barbour St., Bradford, Pa. 16701.

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