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Thursday, November 12, 2009

The Secret Postcard Sale...

At this time every year, the UK's Royal College of Art unveils its annual secret postcard exhibition, which gives visitors the chance to buy a small work by a famous artist for just £40.

This year, more than 700 artists — including Julian Opie, Grayson Perry and Anish Kapoor — have donated 2,700 postcard-sized paintings and drawings to the college, which will sell the works at a giant sale in London on Saturday.

But there's the catch: Buyers do not know who painted which image until after the sale. (They also have to be there in person to collect their tiny masterpieces.)

Anyone in London going to this!? Imagine getting a Hockney for less than $100!

(Photos above from last year's sale.)


Blogger Maggie May said...

little pieces of Heaven!!

how are you? smoking, i can tell. smokin hot. makin your way in the world today... :)

November 12, 2009 at 8:53 PM  
Blogger Simply Mel said...

Next year, I. must. be. there!

November 12, 2009 at 8:56 PM  
Blogger AbbieBabble said...

What a wonderful idea! If only boston weren't quite so far away. . .

November 12, 2009 at 9:11 PM  
Blogger dana said...

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November 12, 2009 at 11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wouldn't mind going there!

November 12, 2009 at 11:46 PM  
Blogger Tina said...

oh, thank you dana!! xo

November 13, 2009 at 12:17 AM  
Blogger Emily said...

Thanks for the tip! I will definitely go check it out! Postcards are like a relic now...almost worthy of the name "antique"!;) xxx LZ

November 13, 2009 at 1:00 AM  
Blogger Karin said...

What an amazingly fun idea. I would love to go. Don't see myself getting in London in time though, unfortunately. Are you going, Tina?

November 13, 2009 at 1:22 AM  
Blogger Daydream Lily said...

id love to go to this. what a fun idea!

November 13, 2009 at 1:29 AM  
Blogger Daydream Lily said...

it says all the postcars will be online for preview tomorrow. Im going to have a look and see if I can pick any of the artists. oh I wish I could go score myself a tiny original!

November 13, 2009 at 1:34 AM  
Blogger Federica said...

Oh I really would love to go to this!

November 13, 2009 at 1:43 AM  
Blogger Ange said...

Ahh so you have to buy because you like it! And possibly not get the artist you wish, even if you get the art you like! Fabulous idea!!

November 13, 2009 at 2:07 AM  
Blogger vicki archer said...

I wish...what a great idea, xv.

November 13, 2009 at 3:10 AM  
Blogger TheBeautyFile said...

This looks delightfully fun!!! Who doesn't love a secret sale!?

November 13, 2009 at 3:59 AM  
Blogger Victoria Stitch said...

oh wow I want to go to this!

November 13, 2009 at 4:15 AM  
Blogger jcdelbalzo said...

that sounds fantastic. god i miss london. i wish i could go to this!

November 13, 2009 at 5:50 AM  
Blogger Tina said...

I would love to go too!! If only LA wasn't so far away from London!

November 13, 2009 at 6:58 AM  
Blogger Adriana said...

ahh if only this was an internationally travelling event!

Oh and Tina I linked your lovely blog for an award today :)

November 13, 2009 at 10:13 AM  
Blogger leah said...

my friend and her mum are camping overnight in the street to be the first through the door for this! that's what I call hardcore.
I hope they come away with something amazing!

November 13, 2009 at 2:15 PM  
Blogger Sundari said...

That is lovely. I think there should be more of that, people buying affordable art because they love it not because of who created it. I love how they don't know who did what!

November 18, 2009 at 7:10 AM  
Blogger mn said...

oh yes, I'll be making a couple of appearances there- if only to bring my husband something to eat because he's one of those crazy ones CAMPING OUT. he's been going forever. i'm pretty excited for it though.

November 18, 2009 at 2:25 PM  

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