I am so overdue to post this and several additional super cool Duffy finds. Feels like I worked a 60 hour week in 4 days, but I couldn't let you down any longer. Several Facebook friends have been pushing for this, so here it is...just for you.
Back in early October 2017, I came across four very unique illustrations all done by our good friend Duff Tweed. Funny to say that, as we never met, but through his art I feel an affinity to him. For the past couple of years, I've only been acquiring art by Duff that I do not already own. I pass on many pieces come across to a fellow collector friend in Simi Valley, CA. He has been collecting longer than I, so I like to help him build up his collection as well. When I started collecting Mr. Tweed's work, I literally bought everything that became available. Fast forward to today; I simply cannot do that any longer. No time, money is tight (for almost everyone) and putting a child through school and college drains the purse strings. No, I don't carry around a purse. :-)
When I came upon these four unique illustrations in color and not Duff's typical pencil drawings, I'll admit I went Duffy crazy! The gentleman (Max) I picked these up from had them as a result of losing his brother. So the acquisition was bittersweet. Something many of you do not know is I am also a hands on energy healer and a medium. So upon learning of Max's loss, I offered to share my gifts in the hopes of alleviating some of his pain, but coming from a stranger I think the offer was too much and possibly out of left field. Max however was very kind throughout the process.
Below is our exchange:
My note on Ebay to Max:
I'm interested in the four illustrations you have by Duff Tweed. I own a few already with several carvings by Duff. I'm making an offer of $X each, but will purchase all 4 for $X total. I've been buying his carvings and illustrations for years. I collect for the pure love of his wood carvings. Thought these would be nice to add to the collection. I will wait to receive your reply.
Max replied quite quickly:
I will accept your offer. I'd rather they go as a lot and to someone who has an affinity for Duff. You see these belonged to my brother and he loved them so I think he'd rather they stay together than get broken up individually. What I will do is create a new listing for all four for $X and I thank you for your business and also for taking the time to write what you did; it made it easy for me to pass them along to someone who will appreciate them.
All the best,
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