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Frederick Dost - Fine Artist

About Frederick Dost

Learn more about Frederick Dost from Orlando, FL - United States.

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Total Sculptures to date: 58. Each piece is an original (no copies) and are in private collections. 15 are currently available. Florida 321-662-6374

'Where is your studio? What Galleries are you in? What's your Bio?

A Different Perspective on the Value of Art....

A wealthy man and his son loved to collect rare works of art. They had everything in their collection, from works of Picasso to Raphael.
They would often sit together and admire the great pieces.
When the Afghanistan war broke out, the son went to war. He was very courageous and died in battle while rescuing another soldier.
The father was notified and grieved deeply for his only son.
One evening six months later, just before Christmas, there was a knock at the father's door. A young man stood there with a large package in his
hands. He said, 'Sir, you don't know me, but I am the soldier for whom your son gave his life. He saved many lives that day, and he was
carrying me to safety when a bullet struck him in the heart; he died instantly. He often talked about you and your love for art.'
The young man held out a large package containing a painting. 'I know this isn't much. I'm not really a great artist, but I think your son would have wanted you to have this.' The father opened the package. it was a portrait of his son, painted by the young man. He stared in awe at the way the
soldier had captured the personality of his son in the painting. The father was so drawn to the eyes that his own welled-up with tears. He
thanked the young man and offered to pay him for the picture. 'oh, no, sir, I could never repay what your son did for me. It's a gift.'
The father hung the portrait over his mantle. Every time visitors came to his home, he took them to see the portrait of his son before
he showed them any of the other great works he had collected.
Several years later the father passed away. There was to be a great auction of his paintings. Many influential people gathered, excited over seeing
the great paintings and having an opportunity to purchase one for their collection.
At the platform sat the painting of the son. The auctioneer pounded his gavel. 'We will start the bidding with this picture of the son. Who
will bid for this picture?' There was silence. Then a voice in the room shouted, 'We want to see the famous paintings. Skip
this one!'
But the auctioneer persisted. 'Will somebody bid for this painting. Who will start the bidding? $100, $200?' Another voice angrily yelled, 'We didn't come to see this painting. We came to see the Van Goghs, the Rembrandts... Get on with the real bids!' But still the auctioneer continued, 'The son! The son! Who'll take the son?'
Finally, a voice came from the very back of the room. It was the long-time gardener of the man and his son. 'I'll give $10.- for the painting.' Being a man of limited means with a family to care for, it was all he could afford at that moment.
The auctioneer continued, 'We have $10, who will bid $20?'. Another voice yelled, 'Give it to him for $10, let's see the masters.'
$10 is the bid. Won't someone bid $20?' The crowd was becoming angry. They didn't want the picture of the son. They wanted the more worthy investments for their collections. The auctioneer pounded the gavel, 'going once, going twice, SOLD for ten dollars!' A man sitting in the second row shouted, 'now let's get on with the collection!'
The auctioneer laid down his gavel. 'I'm sorry, but the auction is over.' The crowd was silenced. 'What about the paintings?'
'I am sorry', the auctioneer said, ' when I was called to conduct this auction, I was told of a secret stipulation in the will. I was not allowed to reveal that stipulation until this time. Only the Painting of the son would be auctioned. Whoever bought that painting would inherit the entire estate, including the paintings. The man who took the painting of the son gets everything!'

Frederick Dost joined Pixels on June 15th, 2011.