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DrDon June 28th, 2007 07:09 PM

Cruise Art Auctions
Last year on the Carnmival Pride there was an "art auction" offered. Looked like it was a permanent activity on the ship. Does anyone have information about this "great deal"? They were very pushy and I have learned that if something sounds to good to be true, it usually is!
Experience? Advice?

CA Cruiser June 28th, 2007 07:59 PM

We have bought many pieces on both Carnival and RCI thru Park West Gallery. We are very satisfied with all of them and we never experienced a pushy sales person or art dealer. We enjoyed the auctions.

Ron n Jon June 29th, 2007 08:39 AM

As most seasoned cruisemates know, an art action is not really an auction at all. It is a sale of both original art and prints of same, the price for which is set and can be purchased without the free bubbly. We enquired after a piece and were given the prices for and option of purchasing the original or a print.

But to drum up enthusiasm for the process, an auction atmosphere is utilized. Once a price is “established� duplicates of the item are then offered for sale at the� winning� price. We have been told, and have seen for ourselves, that identical items can be purchased on line at a substantially lower price. But where’s the fun in that?

Unfortunately, there has been a sailing or two where the art auction became a highlight of the trip. Otherwise, their appreciative value is rendering the sun deck with more available lounge chairs…

storkdoc July 21st, 2007 01:08 PM

It's very easy to overpay for pieces at these auctions. Just go to ebay and do a search on "park west." up will come dozens of pieces purchased at sea, and the bids will be only 1/2 to 1/3 of the price paid.

park west pushes peter max. they tout him as an investment.

i've bought an erte at a reasonable valuation, though, and i'm happy with it.

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