James Cagney's artworks are up for sale


September 27, 1992|By Anita Gold | Anita Gold,Chicago Tribune

Q: Can you tell me anything about actor James Cagney's paintings and if they are for sale? I'd love to add one to my collection.

A: Cagney's works ranged from pinup girls to battered prizefighters, including an oil portrait Cagney called "The Winner." He also drew caricatures of his friends and the likenesses of wounded soldiers when he toured Army hospitals in Europe during World War II. An auction of some of Cagney's paintings and illustrations will be held Sept. 30 at William Doyle Galleries & Auctioneers, 175 E. 87th St., New York, N.Y. 10128. Also on the block will be Cagney's first pair of tap shoes, the hats and spats he wore as George M. Cohan in "Yankee Doodle Dandy," his megaphone from "Ragtime," his baseball uniform and catcher's mask from his days with the Yorkville Nut Club baseball team, scripts of his many films, autographed photos and personal memorabilia, including his passport and California driver's license, and the furniture and various other items from Cagney's 750-acre farm in Dutchess County, N.Y., and homes in Beverly Hills, Calif., and Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Cagney was born in 1899 and died in 1986.

Illustrated catalogs, from which one may place bids, are available for $20 postpaid from William Doyle Galleries, 175 E. 87th St., New York, N.Y. 10128, or phone (212) 427-2730.

Q: Where can I sell an autographed picture of Lucille Ball dating from the 1970s?

A: Write to the We Love Lucy club, in care of its president, Tom Watson, Box 56234, Sherman Oaks, Calif. 91413; (818) 981-0752, enclosing an addressed, stamped envelope for a reply.

Q: How can I identify unmarked furniture made by Wallace Nutting?

A: Write to Michael Ivankovich Antiques, Box 2458, Doylestown, Pa. 18901; (215) 345-6094, where these books are available: "The Guide to Wallace Nutting Furniture," by Mr. Ivankovich, $17.45 postpaid; and reprints of Nutting's "Wallace Nutting Windsors -- Correct Windsor Furniture," $14.45 postpaid, "The Wallace Nutting General Catalog -- Supreme Edition," $16.45 postpaid, and "Wallace Nutting -- The Great American Idea," $14.45 postpaid.

Write to Anita Gold at the Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60611. The mail volume precludes a personal response.

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