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OVER A QUARTER CENTURY OF DEDICATION TO PROTECTING, PRESERVING AND PROMOTING EROTIC ART.
 

2005 IMAGE-OF-THE-YEAR


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Copyright 1987 - 2004 Tom of Finland

A Rare Treasure Could Have Been Yours
The winning bidder received the original artwork
with a letter of authenticity from the Foundation.

This image will be used in some of the Foundation's
promotional posters in 2005. The winner will also receive
one poster from each event where it appears,
making this an exceptionally collectible work.

The Image-of-the-Year will go on auction on
March 1, 2005.

Bids will be accepted until 11:59 PM,
November 30, 2005.

The winner will be determined on
December 1, 2005.

Bids may be presented by e-mail, telephone, mail, or
in person at the Foundation and some Foundation events.

Residents of California will be subject to California sales tax.

The Tom of Finland Foundation has selected this piece of art by their namesake artist, TOM OF FINLAND, as the image to represent the Foundation in print this calendar year.

To make this item an extra special addition to your collection, we will be including a copy of each posterwhere this artwork is used during the year.

The artwork will be displayed:

Please visit the Foundation's Calendar for dates and times.

This preliminary rough sketch is untitled and was executed in graphite in 1987. The intended display dimensions are roughly 8.5" x 10.25". It has been stored with a selection of other drawings by the artist and is now finally being released for the public to see and have an opportunity to own. It was one of many preliminary drawings that Tom created over the last three years of his drawing career. It was Tom's plan to take the work onto a finished drawing.

The Foundation is placing this piece in a on-going auction from now until November 30, 2005 — at which time the sale will be awarded to the highest bidder. The opening bid for this work is $3,000.00 and bids are accepted in $100.00 increments.

This drawing is being offered as the Image-of-the-Year for it reflects the classic Tom man in his appearance. This military man's demeanor presents a very welcoming smile! Tom’s method of working was to give himself time to create works in this prelim style and would sometimes work on several in one evening. He would then, at a later date, go back to them, and — if he still felt good about the initial creation — would go about with the final execution of the work.

At the time the Tom of Finland Foundation was being established, Touko Laaksonen (aka Tom of Finland) brought to America with him a large body of work including over 1,000 drawings. His business partner, Durk Dehner, was so impressed with the quality of what he saw that he convinced the artist to show them to Feature Gallery in New York with the hope of the gallery representing Tom. Soon after that, the work of Tom of Finland was being exhibited and sold until the artist's death in November of 1991. His work continues to sell — a finished drawing that may have had a price tag of $350 in 1978 can be seen on the market today for over $9,000.

The Foundation chose five hundred rough drawings, studies, and preliminary sketches that the artist brought over from Finland to keep as part of its Permanent Collection. From the remainder there are selected pieces that have been and are being released individually, on a periodic basis, for sale. These sales are handled by Cliff Benjamin's gallery, Western Project, located in the Culver City area of Los Angeles.

Bids are accepted at the address below.
by E-MAIL administration@TomOfFinlandFoundation.org

or  VOICE 213.250.1685 — FAX 213.481.2092

or  MAIL Tom of Finland Foundation
P.O. Box 26658
Los Angeles, CA 90026, U.S.A.

or IN PERSON at the Foundation (call for directions & appointment) and selected Foundation events during 2005.

TOM OF FINLAND FOUNDATION 2005


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