Kinkade Paintings Selling for $150K

One gallerist sold more in a day than he sells in 2 weeks
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Apr 9, 2012 7:41 PM CDT
Kinkade Paintings Selling for $150K
This undated photo provided by The Thomas Kinkade Company via PR Newswire shows Thomas Kinkade's New Studio Masterwork, "Indy Excitement, 100 Years of Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway."   (Anonymous)

Galleries that sell the work of Thomas Kinkade are reporting a surge in sales following the popular painter's death at age 54—a surge so big that outlets across the country say they're calling in extra help to handle unprecedented demand from customers placing orders in person, on the phone, and online.

At Kinkade's original gallery in his hometown of Placerville, Calif., co-owner Nathan Ross says one Kinkade original sold over the weekend for $150,000. John Vassallo, who owns five Kinkade galleries in New York and New Jersey, says sales on Saturday reached half his typical sales for the entire month of December. As for the cause of Kinkade's death, an autopsy was performed today, but results are being withheld pending further testing. (More Thomas Kinkade stories.)

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