9.29.2009

Wavves S/T Cassette Tape Lo-Fi OOP Rare FIT

Wavves S/T Cassette Tape Lo-Fi OOP Rare FIT
Wavves S/T Cassette Tape Lo-Fi OOP Rare FIT, 2009
Digital C-Print, 8x10"

Up for bid is an original photograph of the Wavves cassette. The photograph is by Erik Dalzen and is titled "Wavves S/T Cassette Tape Lo-Fi OOP Rare FIT". 8x10 inches, including white border. Limited edition, 1/10. Signed, numbered, and dated on the back. The first print from each photographic edition commences bidding at $0.99. Bidding on subsequent prints starts at the sale price of the preceding print, i.e. - If this print were to close at $20.00. The opening bid on 2/10 would be $20.00.

Debut release from Wavves*. Wavves is Nathan William's fuzzy noise trash lo-fi surf rock four-track beach punk one piece sensation. This little, petroleum by-product, wonder tape squelches out twelve track in 30 minutes. Ever so out of print. FIT061.
*Please note: This is only background information on the cassette that appears in the photograph up for bid. Again, this auction is for a photograph and not a tape.

Auction ends: 10.06.2009 17:45:32 PDT Participate.

***Update***
Did not sell.

31st auction

Mark Twain Corn Cob Pipe Authentic Artifact sold for $2.25.

9.22.2009

Relisted - Mark Twain Corn Cob Pipe Authentic Artifact

Mark Twain Corn Cob Pipe Authentic Artifact
Mark Twain Corn Cob Pipe Authentic Artifact, 2009
Ink on paper, 7.5x5"

This item has been relisted due to a non-paying high bidder.

If you grow wheat just to get the chaff, you're crazy...but if you grow corn to get the cob you're smart. - Mark Twain

It is an understatement to say that Mark Twain was an avid smoker. His instrument of choice was a corn-cob pipe. The corn-cob pipe is a light pipe made from a hollowed-out cob of Indian corn that gives off a sweet smell. It colors brown with use, ultimately turning black and hence is also know as "The Missouri Meerschaum." Twain never smoked a new corn-cob pipe. In his words, "I always hire a cheap man–a man who doesn't amount to much, anyhow–who would be as well–or better–dead, and let him break in the pipe for me. I get him to smoke the pipe for a couple of weeks, then put in a new stem, and continue operations as long as the pipe holds together." This particular pipe outlived Twain and based on appearances still has quite a bit of life left. It is in excellent condition, serving as a relic of its age as well as a characteristic artifact of Twain himself.

Ends: 09.29.2009 14:46:36 PDT !!!

***Update***

Sold for $2.25

9.08.2009

Real Four 4 Leaf Clover Shamrock Lucky Charm Juju 2/10

Real Four 4 Leaf Clover Shamrock Lucky Charm Juju
Real Four 4 Leaf Clover Shamrock Lucky Charm Juju, 2008
Digital C Print, 2/10, 8x10"

More rare than albinism, a four lear clover is sure to bring good luck. Discovered in a renegade clover patch off the streets of Santa Maria, Brasil, this biological oddity is housed in a self made contact paper laminate. Measures slightly smaller than a credit card, providing optimal portability. It would be the acme of genius to acquire such a charm.

Bidding, on subsequent prints from an edition, opens at the sale price of the preceding print, i.e. - Print 1/10 closed at $18.50 thus bidding on 2/10 opens at $18.50.

Auction ends 9.15.2009 20:56:15 PDT - Place a bid

***Update***
Item did not sell

9.07.2009

Up to speed

I have recently undergone a couple of those major life changing events and have been rather occupied over the last couple of months. Commodities has been neglected in that time. However, things have calmed down a bit and new listings are to follow shortly. But to get the blog up to speed, a past critic and a new one emailed me during the Polaroid Type 55 auction:

Dear *commodities*,
I read your blog, I prefer excitement/bidding on actual items, thank you. As expected you're already canceling bids from those duped. Wasting other's time with misleading ads, I doubt that's your intent. But like the self-indulgent who tag an overpass, forcing their work upon anyone who drives that road, this kind of thing robs the viewer of the ability to be a WILLFUL participant in the art process. What of those who do not want to participate, isn't that abuse? In the end you may excite select friends and associates, teachers, whomever you made privy to what you are up to. As for the rest, you will simply reinforce in MOST minds the notion that art is stupid, mundane, and an irritant to be avoided. No wonder the arts are under attack financially and their place questioned. FYI, I use polaroid 55..with my art background your message is lost on me because its forced + the distraction merely ads to my day's clutter. *When art has nothing to say at what point does it become meaningless?
- tios_corner

Dear *commodities*, (later that same day)
Maybe this is more a problem of venue. This may be more successful in a different setting, perhaps a private auction where participants can willingly elect to participate. It just evokes a negative reaction in me as you have this structured currently. Especially at a time in our post-modern society where so much about the arts is being attacked in our centers of government and the courts, I think we need to be careful not to alienate. So many voices all vying to be heard, if the message has the appearance of being forced it can be enough to turn the heart and mind against it.
- tios_corner

and

Dear *commodities*,
Hi
You seem to be getting a lot of negative comments from ignorant people, so thought I'd email you to say that this is a really interesting project, very nicely thought out. I particularly liked your CV style list of previous and current exhibitions.
all the best
Adam
- manic_narcolept

8.19.2009

29th auction

Polaroid Type 55 Pos/Neg 4x5 Film Unopened 6/06 closed at $56.00 the second time around. However, like the first time it was sought for in error–the bidder thinking it was for the film.

8.03.2009

Canceled bids

It would appear that bolded text, all caps, italics, and additional clarification devices are useless when people simply do not read the item description. I emailed the two highest bidders recently and sure enough:

Hi!
Thank you for your email. Actually I didn't see it was as you said not for the box but a complete diffrent project about a photo about this item. Sorry for this. Could you so cancel my auction? Hope you will find someone interested!
Thank you !
E*******.

Sorry, I am not interested! Please disregard my bid! Best,
k******!

8.01.2009

Curious

I was trying to verify some bids on Polaroid Type 55 Pos/Neg 4x5 Film Unopened 6/06 and received a new notice from eBay:

The curious part of it is that eBay only prevented me from contacting the high bidder. I successfully contacted the second highest bidder. My reconnaissance work shows that the high bidder has been buying up rare Polaroid film...

7.31.2009

Question II regarding Polaroid Type 55 Pos/Neg 4x5 Film Unopened 6/06

Q: I have a degree in art and this is THEE most retarded art 'thing' I've ever seen on ebay. I will be sure to avoid this erik jackass's supposed "work" with all haste as life is too short to waste time on something like this that says absolutely nothing. Just plain stupid. You should be embarrassed for selling this and so should your boy erik.

A: Congratulations on getting an art degree! The eloquence of you critique speaks volumes to the caliber of your education. Further your knowledge at thecommodities.blogspot.com.

7.30.2009

Relisted - Polaroid Type 55 Pos/Neg 4x5 Film Unopened 6/06

3/4 view of a box of Polaroid Type 55 laying flat on a white background
Polaroid Type 55 Pos/Neg 4x5 Film Unopened 6/06, 2009
Digital C-Print, 8x10"

This item has been relisted. Due to many mistaken bids I added some additional disclaimers and bolded text to the listing.

Adjustments include:
of - added to the title
6/06 - removed from title to make possible amendment of "of"
*READ ENTIRE DESCRIPTION BEFORE BIDDING.* - preceding item description
photograph - in bold (x4)
art project - in bold
(not the film itself) - added to first line of description, with emphasis
* - in bold
*This is only background information about the box of film pictured. The actual film is not included in this auction. If you are the winning bidder you will receive a photograph in the mail. - in bold, with emphasis

Auction ends: 08.06.2009 02:28:29 PDT PDT Place a bid.

***Update***
Closed at $56.00, however sale canceled due to buyer incomprehension.

7.27.2009

28th auction

1940-D Silver Washington Quarter VG, 2/10 ended on par with the previous print from this edition–$7.50.

Question regarding 1940-D Silver Washington Quarter VG

Q: do you have a photo of the back

A: A photo of the back of the photograph or the back of the quarter? The answer to either is no. Just to clarify though this auction is for a photograph of the quarter and not the quarter itself. Thanks for your interest. Happy bidding.

27th auction

Polaroid Type 55 Pos/Neg 4x5 Film Unopened 6/06 closed at $81.00. However it did not actually sell. Lots of confused bidders:

"Please retract my bid I thought it was for an actual box of film i should of read more...Thanks"

"Wow I looked at all your stuff and its pretty cool and a very interesting subject matter... I can't believe your selling these photographs, are you shooting them with digital only or are you using a large format camera?" (from same bidder as previous comment)

"I was under the impression that this was a box of actual film; I didn't note that this was a photograph of the box. Would you refund our payment and give the photograph to the next highest bidder?"

"no thanks....I thought it was for a box of Type55 Polaroid film also....to me this is false advertising you have done"

"I thought it was a box of film with "Photo - " being used to id the category. However, I didn't win it."

7.21.2009

Question regarding Polaroid Type 55 Pos/Neg 4x5 Film Unopened 6/06

Q: ARE YOU HAVING A F@£$%^&* LAUGH!!!??? HA HA HA. I HOPE THE IDIOT WHO BUYS THIS IS AS STUPID AS HE DESERVES TO BE...!!??

A: Yes. You made me laugh. Thank you for supporting Commodities. Find out more about the project at erikdalzen.com

***Update***

Q: Me again! er.....I think theres going to be a very disappointed dyslexic buyer...unless Im not quite getting into the spirit of the thing. Perhaps you could take a photo of the Mona Lisa, or a rare Penny Black stamp...or...well, the list is endless...Cheers. [sic]

A: Indeed. There are a lot of great things produced in this world of ours. And if you are a philatelist I might have something up your alley. It isn't quite a Penny Black but it's up there.

7.20.2009

1940-D Silver Washington Quarter VG 2/10

1940 D Silver Washington Quarter VG.
1940-D Silver Washington Quarter VG, 2008
Digital C Print, 2/10, 8x10"

Washington silver quarters were minted 1932-1964 and contain 90% silver and 10% copper, unlike todays "Johnson sandwhich," that is composed predominately of copper with 8.33% nickel. The 1940 Denver mint coin was not the rarest minted of the Washington silver quarters but it is among the most difficult to find in high grades. Circulated coin, very good condition.

Each subsequent print from this edition will commence bidding at the determined value of the previous print based on the preceding auction collaboration, i.e. - Print 1/10 closed at $7.50 thus bidding on 2/10 opens at $7.50.

Auction ends 7.27.2009 18:25:35 PDT - Place a bid

***Update***
Sold for $7.50

7.18.2009

Verification

I often send bidders an email to verify that they are aware they are bidding on a photograph and not the item pictured in the photograph. That email goes something like this:
Dear ______,

Thank you for supporting Commodities. I see you are currently the high bidder for Polaroid Type 55 Pos/Neg 4x5 Film Unopened 6/06. I wanted to verify that you understand the nature of this item. As stated in the description, this auction is for a photograph of a box film. The film itself is not up for bid. This is part of an ongoing art project of photographs and drawings. To learn more about the project please visit erikdalzen.com

Sincerely,

*commodities*
Here are the most recent responses:
obviously the ebay add is a little miss leading. I was very much expecting to bis [sic] on a box of film. If you would kindly remove my bid I would appreciate it. I re-read your add and see where it leads in both ways. a photo and box of film. I [sic] shows up in the search for film.
and
Hello, I don't want a picture, I need the film.
Thanks but no!
Does anyone read the item description? I have never purchased something on ebay with out reading the complete description first. Am I the only one that does that? The listing has the word 'photograph' or some other related term in excess of 10 times. I fear that creating any more blatant descriptions will erase the nuances I had hoped to maintain. What makes this so hard to understand? It is interesting to point out that the most misunderstood auctions were the Rollei and currently, the box of Polaroid film.

7.14.2009

Polaroid Type 55 Pos/Neg 4x5 Film Unopened 6/06

3/4 view of a box of Polaroid Type 55 laying flat on a white background
Polaroid Type 55 Pos/Neg 4x5 Film Unopened 6/06, 2009
Digital C-Print, 8x10"

Up for bid is an original photograph of an unopened box of Polaroid Type 55 film. The photograph is by Erik Dalzen, and is titled "Polaroid Type 55 Pos/Neg 4x5 Film Unopened 6/06". The photograph measures 8x10 inches (including border). Number 1/10 from a limited edition of 10 prints in this size. Signed, numbered, and dated on the back.

The legendary type 55 film* is the Holy Grail of films, combining an instant black and white positive print and printable negative for every shot. Long out of production, each box is a testament to Polaroid's better days. The negatives are fine grained, with a long tonal range, and exceptionally high resolution. One box provides 20 relics-to-be–do shoot wisely. Passed expiration but stored cool, dry and dark for great results today.
*This is only background information about the box of film pictured. The actual film is not included in this auction. If you are the winning bidder you will receive a photograph in the mail.

Auction ends: 07.21.2009 12:59:09 PDT Place a bid.

***Update***
Closed at $81.00 but sale canceled due to buyer misunderstanding the nature of item.

5.21.2009

España

I am sloughing off amurika for the next week. Look to June for your next dose of Commodities!

5.20.2009

26th auction

RCA Victor Theremin AR-1264 Analog Original closed at $63.88. It is going to Florida.

5.14.2009

RCA Victor Theremin AR-1264 Analog Original

RCA Victor Theremin AR-1264 Analog Original
RCA Victor Theremin AR-1264 Analog Original, 2009
Ink on paper, 7.5x11"

Up for bid is an original drawing of a RCA Victor Theremin AR-1264. The drawing is by Erik Dalzen, and is titled "RCA Victor Theremin AR-1264 Analog Original." Ink on BFK tan, 100% archival, cotton rag paper. The drawing measures 7.5x11 inches. This drawing is one-of-a-kind. Signed and dated on the back.

The progenitor of electric musical instruments is the RCA theremin*. It's construction consists of some electronic guts enclosed in a mahogany box with two protruding antennae. The vertical antenna controls the pitch while the horizontal, looped antenna controls the volume. Play is achieved through the movement of the hands in the space surrounding the antennae. RCA produced the first commercially available theremin, the AR-1264, and tried to pawn it off as an any man, woman or child's play thing. However, owing to the fact that the theremin requires perfect pitch and a precise mastery of hand and body control, over a set of antenna lacking any fingerboard, key or fret reference, the "ease" of play proved to be otherwise. The AR-1264 was discontinued shortly after it's initial production of a few hundred units. Most of the remaining models are in the hands of elite thereminists or museums.
*This is background information about the RCA theremin depicted in the drawing. The actual instrument is not included in this auction. If you are the winning bidder you will receive a drawing in the mail.

Auction ends: 05.19.2009 06:40:18 PM PDT Place a bid.

***Update***
Sold for $63.88

5.02.2009

The close of the 25th auction

Awesome Hat Newsboy Cap Ivy Pill Box Trucker Mesh, yielded five bids and a closing price of $7.50. The high bidder resides in California, as will the photograph.

4.30.2009

24th auction ended

Antique Diamond Wedding Set Old Mine Cut 14K Gold sold for $15.50. It will span the Hudson to arrive at it's new home in Jersey.

4.23.2009

Awesome Hat Newsboy Cap Ivy Pill Box Trucker Mesh

Awesome Hat Newsboy Cap Ivy Pill Box Trucker Mesh
Awesome Hat Newsboy Cap Ivy Pill Box Trucker Mesh, 2008
Digital C-Print, 8x10"

Up for bid is an original photograph of an incredible hat. The photograph is by Erik Dalzen, and is titled "Awesome Hat Newsboy Cap Ivy Pill Box Trucker Mesh". The photograph measures 8x10 inches (including border). Numbered 1/10 from a limited edition of 10 prints, in this size. Signed, numbered, and dated on the back.

You will never see another hat* quite like this. It is a fusion of various styles which lend incredible versatility to wear. It incorporates elements of newsboy, bakerboy, cabbie, eight panel, ivy, driving, Gatsby, and cycling caps merging those with trucker, baseball, thrash, and pillbox hats. It can be worn in diverse ways, congruous to the plethora of styles listed above. It is lightweight, made of nylon mesh and polyester. It features an adjustable strap on back and a snap on the brim. This timeless hat is a head turner at any convention, concert, or assembly where people in the know might congregate.

*This is only background information about the hat pictured. The actual hat is not included in this auction. If you are the winning bidder you will receive a photograph in the mail, shipped in a flat envelope.

Auction ends: 04.30.2009 20:21:01 PST Place a bid.

***Update***
Sold for $7.50

4.22.2009

Antique Diamond Wedding Set Old Mine Cut 14K Gold - Relisted

Antique Diamond Wedding Set Old Mine Cut 14K Gold
Antique Diamond Wedding Set Old Mine Cut 14K Gold, 2008
Digital Chromegenic Print, 8x10"

The winning bidder was mistaken as to the nature of this item and thus it has been relisted.

Auction ends: 04.29.2009 19:10:17 PST

***Update***
Sold for $15.50

4.05.2009

Gone and gone

I am going away in a couple of days, severing my technological umbilical cord, and as a result Commodities will go into slumber until I return. Listings will resume on April 22. Thank you to everyone who has been following and participating in this project. Until soon.

4.01.2009

22nd auction

Human Kidney Healthy Donor Transplant Organ closed at $15.50. It shipped to Virginia (after a 2 hr wait at the post office).

3.26.2009

1982 Worlds Fair PEZ Rare Astronaut B Blue Stem

1982 Worlds Fair PEZ Rare Astronaut B Blue Stem
1982 Worlds Fair PEZ Rare Astronaut B Blue Stem, 2009
Ink on paper, 7x9"


Up for bid is an original drawing of a 1982 World's Fair PEZ dispenser. The drawing is by Erik Dalzen, and is titled "1982 Worlds Fair PEZ Rare Astronaut B Blue Stem." India ink drawing on Strathmore acid free, 70lb drawing paper. The drawing measures 7x9 inches. Unique, one-of-a-kind drawing. Signed and dated on the back.

Of the plethora of PEZ dispensers available none are as scarce as the 1982 Knoxville Tennessee World's Fair PEZ*. There are but two in existence; one with a blue stem and matching helmet as well as one with a green stem and white helmet. Their past is shrouded in rumors, conjecture and hearsay making them not only the most rare but also the most mysterious.
*This is background information about the PEZ dispenser depicted in the drawing. The actual PEZ is not included in this auction. If you are the winning bidder you will receive a drawing in the mail.


Auction ends: 04.01.2009 18:56:21 PST Place a bid.

***Update***
Sold for $21.50

3.21.2009

Human Kidney Healthy Donor Transplant Organ

Human Kidney Healthy Donor Transplant Organ
Human Kidney Healthy Donor Transplant Organ, 2009
Ink on paper, 8x9"


Up for bid is an original drawing of a freshly removed human kidney. The drawing is by artist, Erik Dalzen, and is titled "Human Kidney Healthy Donor Transplant Organ." Ink drawing on Strathmore acid free, 70lb drawing paper. The drawing measures 8x9 inches. Unique, one-of-a-kind drawing. Signed and dated on the back.

Kidneys not only fuel your bladder they also maintain the homeostatic balance of bodily fluids. Without them, or at least one, a body can not survive. This exquisite kidney* specimen was taken from a drug and alcohol-free, healthy individual. It is so fresh it comes wrapped in fatty tissue. So if failed kidneys got you down, get up again by taking advantage of someone else's donated organs.
*This is background information about the kidney. The actual human organ is not included in this auction. If you are the winning bidder you will receive a drawing in the mail.

Auction ends: 03.28.2009 19:48:04 PST Place a bid.

***Update***
Auction closed at $15.50

21st auction ends

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Mondrian Dress Auth 1965 closes at $14.30.

3.14.2009

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Mondrian Dress Auth 1965

Yves Saint Laurent YSL Mondrian Dress Auth 1965
Yves Saint Laurent YSL Mondrian Dress Auth 1965, 2009
Ink on paper, 8x11"


Up for bid is an original drawing of a 1965 Mondrian style dress by Yves Saint Laurent. The drawing is by artist, Erik Dalzen, and is titled "Yves Saint Laurent YSL Mondrian Dress Auth 1965." Ink drawing on Strathmore acid free, 70lb drawing paper. The drawing measures 8x11 inches. Unique, one-of-a-kind drawing. Signed and dated on the back.

This beautiful, Mondrian inspired, sleeveless dress* by Yves Saint Laurent is an incredible piece of art fashion. Turning the modified shift dress into a canvass Saint Laurent applied Mondrian order to hide the body's shaping amid the color field grid. Leather and silk in color blocks of red and white with black trim. The dress is predominately leather except for white shoulder panel and trim on the edge of the opposing red panel, which are matte French silk. Circa 1965.
*This is background information about the dress depicted in the drawing. The actual dress is not included in this auction. If you are the winning bidder you will receive a drawing in the mail.


Auction ends: 03.21.2009 18:45:52 PST View item

20th ending

Deathbeds Signed Wesley Eisold Heartworm Mint OOP closed at $30.01. It is going abroad–to London.

19th auction close

Antique Diamond Wedding Set Old Mine Cut 14K Gold closed at $2.25.

3.10.2009

Question III regarding Antique Diamond Wedding Set Old Mine Cut 14K Gold

Q: is this the ring or a picture u are selling
A: I am selling a photograph of the described rings.

18th close

Gandhi Glasses Wire-Rimmed "Eyes" Mahatma India sold for $21.50. Tschüss! It is off to Germany.

3.06.2009

Question regarding Deathbeds Signed Wesley Eisold Heartworm Mint OOP

Q: hahaha this is a pretty worthless auction

A: ...

Question II regarding Antique Diamond Wedding Set Old Mine Cut 14K Gold

Q: Hi,what size are the rings?And can they be resized?Thanks

A: The rings in the photograph are size 5. However, please note the rings are not up for bid. This auction is for a photograph of the described rings. Please visit erikdalzen.com for more information.

Deathbeds Signed Wesley Eisold Heartworm Mint OOP

Deathbeds Signed Wesley Eisold Heartworm Mint OOP
Deathbeds Signed Wesley Eisold Heartworm Mint OOP, 2008
Digital Chromegenic Print, 8x10"

Up for bid is an original photograph of Wesley Eisold's Deathbeds. The photograph is by artist, Erik Dalzen, and is titled "Deathbeds Signed Wesley Eisold Heartworm Mint OOP" The photograph measures 8x10 inches (including border). Numbered 1/10 from a limited edition of 10 prints in this size. Signed, numbered, and dated on the back.

Deathbeds* is 176 pages of Wesley Eisold's writing, poety, and music from 1999 through 2007. Highly sought after and limited to just 1,000 copies, which sold out in but a few hours online. The copy pictured is boldly signed on the title page. Mint condition. Unread. First and only edition. Perfect-bound. Paperback. hrtwrm #11.
ISBN 978-0-9797238-0-3 ISBN 0-9797238-0-9.

*NOTE - This is only background information about the book. The described copy of Deathbeds is represented in the photograph up for bid but not included in the auction itself. If you are the winning bidder you will receive a photograph in the mail, shipped in a flat envelope.


Auction ends: 03.13.2009 11:03:24 PST View item

3.05.2009

Question regarding Antique Diamond Wedding Set Old Mine Cut 14K Gold

Q: why are you selling a picture listed under wedding rings. Why not under art. This is misleading. Especially if someone doesn't read every word on your description. Why mention the size of the ring and other characteristics.

A: This is part of a larger art project. The listing is in fact listed under art as well as wedding rings. One reason being, that the project is intended to be exhibited outside of an art context. Additionally, by blurring the lines between the object and the image it questions the role of photography in our culture as well as consumerism. Even with that said, I do endeavor to be quite explicit in stating that the auction is for a photograph and not, in this case, a wedding set. I appreciate your concern and apologize for any confusion this may have caused. If you would like to learn more about the project please visit, erikdalzen.com

3.04.2009

Antique Diamond Wedding Set Old Mine Cut 14K Gold

Antique Diamond Wedding Set Old Mine Cut 14K Gold
Antique Diamond Wedding Set Old Mine Cut 14K Gold, 2008
Digital Chromegenic Print, 8x10"

Up for bid is an original photograph depicting a diamond wedding set. The photograph is by artist, Erik Dalzen, and is titled "Antique Diamond Wedding Set Old Mine Cut 14K Gold" The photograph measures 8x10 inches (including border). Numbered 1/10 from a limited edition of 10 prints in this size. Signed, numbered, and dated on the back.

This is a beautiful antique wedding set* with exquisite craftsmanship and timeless eloquence. The engagement ring features a prominent old mine cut diamond flanked by three smaller diamonds on each side. Old mine cut diamonds were popular throughout the 1800's, cut to maximize carat weight and feature the most favorable appearance. They are characterized by a high crown, small table, deep pavilion and large cutlet. The result is that the diamond has an enchanting, soft romantic glow rather than the harsh "fire" of modern diamond styles. The wedding band is a beautiful compliment with nine channel set diamonds. This amazing antique set is superbly crafted with diamonds cut by hand, 14K White Gold, and solid and secure settings. Other names for old mine cut include: old miner, cushion cut, peruzzi cut, and triple cut brilliant.

*This is only background information about the rings pictured. The actual wedding set is not included in this auction. If you are the winning bidder you will receive a photograph in the mail, shipped in a flat envelope.

Auction ends: 03.11.2009 21:47:15 PST View item

3.03.2009

17th auction closes

Britney Spears' Shaved Off Hair Locks of Pop sold for $10.

Gandhi Glasses Wire-Rimmed "Eyes" Mahatma India

Gandhi Glasses Wire-Rimmed "Eyes" Mahatma India
Gandhi Glasses Wire-Rimmed "Eyes" Mahatma India, 2009
Ink on paper, 7.5x8.5"

Up for bid is an original drawing of Mahatma Gandhi's wire-frame glasses. The drawing is by artist, Erik Dalzen, and is titled "Gandhi Glasses Wire-Rimmed "Eyes" Mahatma India." Ink drawing on BFK Tan 100% archival cotton rag paper. The drawing measures 7.5x7.5 inches. This is a unique, one-of-a-kind, historically important drawing. Signed and dated on the back.

Gandhi was the ascetic of the century (as well as Time magazine's Man of the Year in 1930 and five time Nobel Peace Prize nominee between 1937 and 1948). Of the few items he did own, his wire-rimmed glasses* were his trademark feature. They accompanied him all over the place; throughout different countries, to lots of people's houses, to prison and on trains. As The Father of the Nation Gandhi's "eyes" helped him to obtain the vision to transform India and lay the foundation for it's independence movement. Glasses are very fine, uber rare and historically important. They are also pretty cool looking given the right head shape.
*This is background information about the Gandhi's glasses and does not pertain to the drawing itself. The actual glasses are not included in this auction. If you are the winning bidder you will receive a drawing in the mail.

Auction ends: 03.09.2009 22:02:34 PST View item

3.02.2009

16th auction closes

Bee/Stag AR Tetradrachm EF Ephesos Ionia 390 BC closes at $.99.

And get this–real collaborator feedback:
Hey! I'm really happy to support the project... I've been following the blog since the beginning and have placed a bid on more than a few auctions. I can't believe I got this one so cheaply! Thanks! I'm psyched. Take care and keep doing this!

Thank you!

2.24.2009

Britney Spears' Shaved Off Hair Locks of Pop

Britney Spears' Shaved Off Hair Locks of Pop
Britney Spears' Shaved Off Hair Locks of Pop, 2009
Ink on paper, 7.5x7.5"

Up for bid is an original drawing of Britney Spears' shaved off hair. The drawing is by artist, Erik Dalzen, and is titled "Britney Spears' Shaved Off Hair Locks of Pop." Ink drawing on BFK White 100% archival cotton rag paper. The drawing measures 7.5x7.5 inches. Unique. Signed and dated on the back.

It is not often that a chunk of history can be held in one hand, but such was made possible when mega pop icon star Britney Spears shaved off her beautiful hair. Celebrate the two year anniversary of that memorable day by becoming the super ultra fan you always claimed to be by owning a piece of Miss Pop herself–her wonderful locks of pop*.

The buyer agrees to defend, indemnify and hold harmless seller from subsequent litigation, criticism, abuse, and/or negativity, should it arise, from the use or misuse of the item in any way from now throughout perpetuity. In addition, it is suggested that winning bidder refrain from using the item in voodoo spells, drug testing, or any other practice with the intent to defame, physically harm, and/or harass Britney Spears or her legacy.


*The two preceding paragraphs are only background/theoretical information about the hair from which the drawing was made and do not pertain to the drawing itself. Britney's actual hair is not included in this auction. If you are the winning bidder you will receive a drawing in the mail.


Auction ends: 03.03.2009 18:54:42 PST View item

15th close

Barack Obama Inauguration Ticket Orange Rare 44 closes at $26. Thanks to all who collaborated.

2.19.2009

Bee/Stag AR Tetradrachm EF Ephesos Ionia 390 BC

Bee/Stag AR Tetradrachm EF Ephesos Ionia 390 BC
Bee/Stag AR Tetradrachm EF Ephesos Ionia 390 BC, 2009
Ink on paper, 4x4" (each)

Up for bid are two original drawings of an ancient Greek coin, a silver tetradrachm. The diptych is by artist, Erik Dalzen, and is titled "Bee/Stag AR Tetradrachm EF Ephesos Ionia 390 BC." India ink drawing on Pescia Grey 100% archival cotton rag paper. Each of the two drawings measure 4x4 inches. Unique. Signed and dated on the back.

This silver AR tetradrachm* features a bee on the obverse and the forepart of a stag and a palm tree on the reverse. The coin is from Ephesos, Ionia; present day Efes, Turkey. Struck circa 390-340 B.C. 15.30 grams. 27 mm in diameter. Coin in excellet shape, EF grade. The tetradrachm is one of the earliest coins, used in wide circulation throughout Greece from 510 BC to 38 BC. The monetary value of one tetradrachm, in those days, would equate to roughly a weeks wages for a skilled laborer. The tetradrachm were hand-stamped which lead to imperfect impressions and irregular shaped coins.

*This is only background information about the coin from which the drawings were made. The actual coin is not included in this auction. If you are the winning bidder you will receive a diptych (two drawings) in the mail, shipped in a flat envelope.

Auction ends: 02.26.2009 12:54:42 PST Spare some change

2.18.2009

Question about Barack Obama Inauguration Ticket Orange Rare 44

Q: Can me more about this item. Is this a pre art version of the tickets before printing your e-bay info is not very clear

A: This is a drawing based on an existing ticket. It was drawn after the inauguration. It is part of a larger art project. You can read more about it at erikdalzen.com

14th closes at $6.50

Mark Twain Corn Cob Pipe Authentic Artifact has been sold.

***Update***
High bidder did not pay.

2.17.2009

13th auction closing

All this talk of recession makes me depressed, as by extension, you surely must feel too. As science has so wonderfully proven buying stuff makes you happy. So talk about recession friendly art. You can buy it at recession prices but enjoy the happiness for ages to come. Take for instance, African Sculpture Tall Man Ironwood Giacometti which sold for $.99 with shipping it came to $3.99. What is $4? Even in recession times $4 equates to a cup of coffee or a pack of Big League Chew. Yes, I recognize that even professional baseball players are nothing without their chew but the rest of us are just impostors at best. So why not put $4 towards something that doesn't make gluttons of us? Why not buy art?

2.14.2009

Barack Obama Inauguration Ticket Orange Rare 44

Barack Obama Inauguration Ticket Orange Rare 44
Barack Obama Inauguration Ticket Orange Rare 44, 2009
Ink on paper, 5.5x3.5"

Up for bid is an original drawing of an orange inauguration ticket to the swearing-in of President Barack Obama. The drawing is by artist, Erik Dalzen, and is titled "Barack Obama Inauguration Ticket Orange Rare 44". Ink drawing on BFK white 100% archival cotton rag paper. The drawing measures 5.5x3.5 inches. Unique/one-of-a-kind drawing. Signed and dated on the back.

Be a part of A New Birth of Freedom, the Obama Change, by witnessing this historic swearing-in ceremony as Barack Obama becomes the 44th president of the United States of America. This rare orange, section 12, ticket* will place the barer in the west front section of the capital, close enough to see the whites of Obama's eyes or perhaps even to catch his spittle on your face. Enjoy the spirit of this open public inauguration by buying this coveted ticket.

*This is only background information about the the inauguration and ticket. The events described in the preceding paragraph are only hypothetical–what one could have done with an orange ticket. The actual item up for bid is an art work inspired by the ticket. The ticket itself is not included in this auction. If you are the winning bidder you will receive a drawing in the mail.

Auction ends: 02.21.2009 20:20:58 PST Make Change!

2.10.2009

Mark Twain Corn Cob Pipe Authentic Artifact

Mark Twain Corn Cob Pipe Authentic Artifact
Mark Twain Corn Cob Pipe Authentic Artifact, 2009
Ink on paper, 7.5x5"

Up for bid is an original drawing of an authentic corn cob pipe belonging to the late Samuel Clemens, aka Mark Twain. The drawing is by artist, Erik Dalzen, and is titled "Mark Twain Corn Cob Pipe Authentic Artifact." Drawn with India ink on BFK tan 100% archival cotton rag paper. The drawing measures 7.5x5 inches. Unique/one-of-a-kind drawing. Original. Signed and dated on the back.

If you grow wheat just to get the chaff, you're crazy...but if you grow corn to get the cob you're smart. - Mark Twain

It is an understatement to say that Mark Twain was an avid smoker. His instrument of choice was a corn-cob pipe. The corn-cob pipe is a light pipe made from a hollowed-out cob of Indian corn that gives off a sweet smell. It colors brown with use, ultimately turning black and hence is also know as "The Missouri Meerschaum." Twain never smoked a new corn-cob pipe. In his words, "I always hire a cheap man–a man who doesn't amount to much, anyhow–who would be as well–or better–dead, and let him break in the pipe for me. I get him to smoke the pipe for a couple of weeks, then put in a new stem, and continue operations as long as the pipe holds together." This particular pipe outlived Twain and based on appearances still has quite a bit of life left. It is in excellent condition, serving as a relic of its age as well as a characteristic artifact of Twain himself.

*This is only background information about the pipe from which, the drawing was rendered. The actual pipe is not included in this auction. If you are the winning bidder you will receive a drawing in the mail shipped in a flat envelope.

Ends: 02.17.2009 18:30:52 PST Bid bid bid!

***Update***
Closed at $6.50 but high bidder did not pay.

2.08.2009

African Sculpture Tall Man Ironwood Giacometti

African Sculpture Tall Man Ironwood Giacometti
African Sculpture Tall Man Ironwood Giacometti, 2008
Digital C-Print, 8x10"


Up for bid is an original photograph depicting an African sculpture of a man. The photograph is by artist, Erik Dalzen, and is titled "African Sculpture Tall Man Ironwood Giacometti." The photograph measures 8x10 inches (including border). Numbered 1/10 from a limited edition of 10 prints in this size. Signed, numbered, and dated on the back.

This photograph features a sculpture of a tall man*. The sculpture was hand-carved in South Africa, by local artisans, from ironwood, a dark wood renown for its incredible hardness. The stylized figure is reminiscent of Alberto Giacometti's surrealist figures through the similar usage of attenuated limbs and elongation of the form. Unlike Giacometti's sculptures, however, the figure is represented in traditional tribal wear, displays a protruding belly and a pensive stance. While much of Giacometti's work, predating his surrealist figures, exhibits an 'ethnographic' style, this piece could indicate continued African influence throughout his career. Regardless of whether it did in fact influence the master, it is a beautiful piece of art.

*This description refers only to the subject of the photograph–a sculpture. The actual sculpture is not included in this auction. If you are the winning bidder you will receive a photograph in the mail, shipped in a flat envelope.

Ends: 2.15.2009 16:57:36 PST Place a bid

***Update***
Sold for $.99

2.07.2009

With slightly more ado...

Commodoties, after a much too long of break, will be back tomorrow! Tune in then for a new listing followed by several more later into next week.