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Q. I have a lithograph of a canal scene with windmills. I believe it is supposed to be somewhere in Holland. On the back of the painting it reads "Sears stock #63077 Our 6130 Etchings." Can you tell me about this painting?

A. We cannot tell you anything specifically about that painting; however, we can tell you it was probably sold by Sears as part of the Vincent Price Collection of Fine Art. Beginning in the early 1960s, Sears worked with Vincent Price to collect original paintings, watercolors, sketches, pastels, gouaches, etchings, lithographs, engravings and woodcuts. Vincent Price estimated that he approved the purchase of over 50,000 works of art during his tenure with Sears. In October 1962, a portion of the collection was first exhibited in a Denver, Colo., store. The collection later appeared in approximately 150 cities and towns. Art was available for as little as $30 and over $27,000. With each purchase, the customer received a card with information about the artist and the work. The entire program ended in 1971. The Sears Archives does not have records of individual works or purchases.

 
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