Rick Harrison, who owns Gold & Silver Pawn shop in Las Vegas — of Pawn Stars fame — corresponded with me via email about the market for certain religious art objects for a piece I wrote for the Washington Post blog On Faith.
Here are some quotes:
“Religious items are very popular and come through the shop quite often,” Harrison said in a follow up interview after the visit. “Most of the pre-20th century items do well. We have had some flops.”
Asked whether the abundance of Chagall works in the shop pointed to a large clientele interested in the works or buyer’s remorse from collectors hoping to unload their Chagall collections, Harrison said there is a great deal of interest in the works of the Jewish artist, who was born in Vitebsk in 1887.
“Chagall was not only a great artist; he was a great businessman as well,” Harrison said. “He printed a lot of his works.”