The real story behind Mel Gibson’s Maxfield Parrish paintings

By Roger Friedman Crazy Mel Gibson gets very nuts in his taped conversation with Oksana Grigorieva about being broke. He screams at her that he had to sell art work.

In fact, Mel and ex wife Robyn sold their estate in Greenwich, Connecticut last year. They put up for auction at Christie’s $15 million worth of paintings by Maxfield Parrish that used to decorate the home. The sale was announced in March and took place in May.

The Gibsons had bought the Parrish paintings from a New York gallery. In 2006, the same year they now say they separated, the couple spent the most ever for a Parrish painting–$7.6 million for “Daybreak.”

But they bought at the top of a bloated market, and sold in a recession. They lost money when they had to sell. “Daybreak” sold at Christie’s for $5.2 million–well below what they paid four years ago.

Maxfield Parrish is an acquired taste, to be sure. Some other big collectors include Whoopi Goldberg–who defended Mel on “The View” recently–and Michael Jackson. “Daybreak” is what you might call pedestrian art–easily obtained in a good print for about $25.

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  • July 15, 2010 | Permalink |

    I wouldn’t put much stalk in Freidman’s analysis of what does or does not constitute good art but seeing that double chin in his picture above I’d certainly take his opinion on doughnut shops or vats of ice cream seriously.

  • October 3, 2010 | Permalink |

    I guess since Van Gogh, Picasso and Rembrandt are also available in cheap print form, they too are “pedestrian artists.”

    Having to listen to imbeciles talk about art is reallllllly trying. It is so damn easy to type and talk and babble on. Type and talking is the epitome of pedestrian expression. So you, Mr. Friedman, are in no position to judge. You are a nobody.

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