The Collectors Cabinet: No. 4

Compiled by Billie Jenkins

Collector of the Week
Chuck Keefe first took an interest in Bettie Page when he purchased 300 pin up magazines belonging to a newly deceased member of Hells Angels for ‘about twenty bucks'; an exciting but dark start to a collection with similar qualities. He managed to secure a deal with Paula Klaw, the photographer who had worked most extensively with Betty. Years earlier Klaw had been ordered by courts to destroy all the negatives she possessed of Page in a huge public legal battle, but had secretly kept about 25% of the collection, which she began selling to private customers. Keefe paid double to cost for the entire collection on the  premise that they were all signed by the artist and no copies were made during his lifetime. After spending over thirty years procuring these separate features for his images he now owns ‘the only Bettie Page photos in the world autographed by Paula Klaw, with the signature of Bettie Page’. Not one to keep the collection behind closed book covers Keefe has begun colouring some of the stills. Adding another layer of imagery and story to the works, making them pieces of art in their own right. Here we give you some examples.

Collectors cabinet

Collectors cabinet

Collectors cabinet

Collectors cabinet

A Little Stranger
MOBA is an institution which houses over 600 pieces of artwork. Why haven’t I heard of such an excitingly large collection if that is the ace you ask? Well, MOBA stands for the museum of bad art, and states it is dedicated to bad art in all its forms. Highlights include these two stunners.

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