Art Purchases on Board

Have you ever purchased art on board a ship?  I see many passengers doing so but I never found any that I liked or had room for in my condo.  On our Transatlantic to Southampton from Miami on Princess, my first cruise on Princess, my husband saw a 3D signed piece on the Beatles crossing Abby Road that he wanted.  I did purchase it.  It is not actually "art" but I purchased it for him at an art auction for a "good" price.  It has a special meaning for us because my daughter lives close to Abbey Road & we watch a Cam from there every morning on our computers.  Then we know what the weather is like there.  We also photographed ourselves crossing Abby Rd.  Lucky for us, drivers expect tourists to do this & don't run them over.  In fact, there is a entrepreneur photographer on site who will take your photo if you left your camera or phone home.   What fun.  Do this on your next visit to London.

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I have looked at that webcam before ,it is fun to watch , when it comes to buying art on the ship, not for me.

Honestly, ship artwork doesn't appeal to me at all. I see what people are purchasing and I wonder where they will hang it. Much of it is too garish for me. I live by the ocean and I like mostly beach scenes. If I found a nice one I might consider a purchase. The shipping is a lot so I think I could probably buy cheaper at home where I can take it with me. I guess beauty is truly in the eyes of the holder. I never would have bought the Beatles piece but this was a goof for my husband who I know really wanted it. He loves their music still. I have to admit that looking at the piece hung in a guest bedroom does bring a smile to my face every single time I see it.

One issue I have encountered is that there are some original pieces, but on the last cruise there were prints for sale. I prefer originals by local artists but have considered one or two on the cruises that I have been outbid for.

I always wondered the same thing, went to the art auction last time and learned my taste is quite different than lots of other peoples :) But we did find some things we liked, but we didn't purchase on board.

We've bought plenty. Some are original oils. We only buy what we like, but we stopped several cruises ago.

I won’t say we never will, but we haven’t ever purchased art aboard a ship yet. We have purchased a few things in ports over the years though. We like things that have a “story” to go along with it. So something that depicts a unique aspect of a destination we've visited or a specific location we enjoyed is good. Being done by a local artist is important and if we actually meet the artist it’s great! We don’t keep track of the artists though, so we’ll never know if we've got something valuable, but as long as we like it that’s what matters.

I guess that no one can buy too often because after awhile you run out of space. I will be curious to see if HAL has the same mix as the other cruise lines that I have been on more recently. I would presume so. I'm glad that some of you found pieces to enjoy. You have to search for the gems. Thanks everyone for replying. Anyone else out there want to put in their 2 cents?

I will certainly look for art on our Grand Journey with HAL. Will let you all know here if I find and purchase anything. Gloria

I was searching for threads on the cruise ship art auction phenomena because honestly - we don't get it. I estimate that we walk through the movable galleries a hundred times while on a voyage. If I find a single thing that I might hang in my home, it is the exception. As Glomarrone noted, the works shown are much too garish for our tastes plus our preference is for large-scale photography. If we end up moving to Florida at some point, I might be interested in somethings by Romero Britto but they would not quite fit in our current home. As johngold stated, many of the works are I see are "prints" not originals. I've also seen this hand-embellished stuff which honestly turns me off as more of a sales ploy than of adding any real value to the work itself.

For those who are interested and purchase art on board, I respectfully ask why? Park West hype aside, do you feel as though you are making an informed purchase of something that is going to gain value? Are you buying because you love something and it fits into your home/business? I'm sincerely interested because we find ourselves shaking our heads that this art is really a good value.

Many thanks for your responses!

I have purchased at the auctions before, but I know the artist that I purchased. Some have been to hang in the house others for pure investment. Some of them I have held for 10 years and sold after the artist passed away and the prices have gone up.

Prints can be valuable depending on the artist, the subject, # of prints made and the # of the print. Stuff like Kinkade to me more poster art, to much of it out and to common. You never get your $ back on that kind of stuff.

On one of my last trips I saw a Peter Max that I liked at a good price but no wall space left in the house to hang it. One time I was tracked down by a lady (interior decorator) because I purchased a painting she wanted for a clients home. She missed that part of the auction and wanted to buy it off me for more then I paid for it.

The auctions can be fun and informative even if you don't buy, stop in look and get free Champagne.


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