It's always nice to pick up original artwork but it's usually a rich man's game. That's why you have to be selective and get it when you find it. At a recent estate sale, most of the pickers were looking for old toys and stuff like that. Not much art. However, there was one nice piece that hung over the basement fireplace in a place of honor. At $40, it was WAY too pricey for that crowd and hung there for maybe two hours after the sale opened. Some guys get up at four in the morning to be first in line inside at these sales. But I'm sometimes amused at what's left by the time I roll in way later in some cases.
This is a mid-20th Century watercolor by Jacques Blein. He was a French graphic artist active in the 1930s to 1950s who produced some pretty nice travel posters for France as well as drawing great graphics for Essolube for its classic 1930s french magazine ad campaign. The watercolor is very nice with bright colors, nice condition and interesting industrial/nautical subject matter of a shipyard.