Artwork Fit for a King: Jeff Scott's Selling His Elvis Collection at Low, Low Prices
|Jeff Scott's Object Of Authority|
At the same time, two other home-away-from-homes, in Austin and Memphis, likewise shut down, and rather than seek new venues in which to show and sell, Scott thought it best to take his art directly to the customers. If nothing else, it cuts out the commissions and allows collectors to buy items for, well, let's say quarters on the dollar. The piece titled TV With a Bullet Hole, which does indeed feature Elvis's infamous shot-out television set and once sold for $10,000, will be available for $3,500; and Visionary, which graced the book's cover and is one of the larger pieces in the collection, has been marked down to the low, low price of $1,000.
"It's where the economy is: Customers don't have to pay the gallery fee, and this way, the artist can stay afloat. Frankly, it's what I've been doing the last three, four months, and business has been thriving," Scott tells Unfair Park. "People will spend money if they can see value in this economy."
|Elvis's Gold Bedside Telephone|
It's the Elvis work for which he's best known, a result of his being given exclusive access to "every single thing he had in his life, except his bedroom," Scott says. The idea was, if Scott could turn everyday items into art, perhaps he could "use them as a window into the private world people don't see, which reflects Elvis. So I've taken the badge and his pistol and driver's license and allowed us to connect with him as a human being, and I've been fortunate to show in some major museums."
And now, for those who can afford to spend a little less than a whole lot, that work can hang in the house -- that's a nice spot, above the couch there. Says Scott, nothing will sell for more than $3,500, and there are deals to be had.
"They're not meant to be in the studio," Scott says. "They're meant to be in people's homes."