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Mail-Art and Money

"Mail-Art and Money don't Mix" is what Lon Spiegelman wrote in the 80-ies. Are these views still shared by the current generation of mail-artists?

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Samples of Mail-Art for sale

Started by Ruud Janssen. Last reply by Ruud Janssen Apr 28, 2017. 4 Replies

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Cavellini for sale via Catawiki. What do you think?

Started by Heleen de Vaan. Last reply by Richard Canard Jan 30, 2017. 4 Replies

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Comment by Bradford on December 29, 2019 at 11:11pm

The piece Jennifer Wallace posted here is actually in line monetarily with other such items in the philatelic field.

The L'Art Tampon book is also available at $135.00, but with only $7.00 shipping (instead of $28) from the same seller that I posted earlier.

Comment by Jennifer Wallace on December 29, 2019 at 10:42pm

On Ebay at the moment.

Fluxus / Mail Art. Horst Tress: Hommage an Thorwaldsen, 1977.

https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Fluxus-Mail-Art-Horst-Tress-Hommage-an-T...

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on December 29, 2019 at 10:40pm

On one hand it makes me greedy (I'd love to have the original rubber stamp), on the other hand I don't have the money (and if I had, I'd prefer to spend it on stamps and art supplies (to create and send more mail art), and on the other other hand, 'for sale' items like these ask to be copied by hand and send (for free) to mail art lovers :-)

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on December 29, 2019 at 10:36pm

Thanks for sharing, Bradford! So to see that seller offers more mail art items for sale. And asks (to my opinion) exorbitant high prizes.

Comment by Bradford on December 29, 2019 at 10:18pm

Comment by Bradford on December 29, 2019 at 10:13pm

FOR SALE ($60 Buy-It-Now, $7 shipping from Cincinnati, OH):

Addressed to Carlo Pittore

Posted 2008 06 16 from JAPAN

"Unwrapping Manifest 78" by Calin Belesco, Timișoara, ROMANIA.

I asked the eBay seller a question and received a reply as follows:

Q: Is there anything to indicate that this was part of the Lunkwheel Steamgasser project/call?
Thank You.

A: Nothing that I see on the work indicates that it is...

https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/e11051.m43.l1123/7?euid=34d1c50b00c7...

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on November 21, 2019 at 8:42pm

Comment by maha on December 22, 2018 at 3:29pm

national postal museum library,smithsonian  institution libraries, 

www.sil.si.edu/imagegalaxy

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Comment by Toni Hanner -- tonipoet on January 30, 2017 at 8:17am

For me personally, mixing money and mail art would take all the enjoyment out of it. Mail art to me is a lot of things: communication, a private pleasure, but never a product, never the result of work which should be paid for. It's play, above all. I have purchased pieces of "outsider" art and even zines, when the price is basically just to help with printing and mailing costs, but I would never pay for a mail art "trade" with anything other than mail art!

Comment by Heleen de Vaan on March 4, 2016 at 10:00am
Thank you, Ruud, for your comments.
Hm, a zine or book for 20 dollars... I must confess that last year I found a zine by Ennio (Elefantus) for sale on the internet and I was confused: mail art for sale strikes against my principles.
However, the price was reasonable (10 dollars) and as this was a zine from long ago, before I got to know Elefantus, I bought it. And I must confess that I am happy to have this zine in my home, as Elefantus was a dear mail artist and the zine is interesting. Although still it feels different from other mail art things: both regular books on mail art that I've bought, and all real mail art that I received, addressed to me.
 

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