Romare Bearden, Snail Mail Style

An email can get lost in your inbox, but a hand-written letter can last forever. And, you might want to save the envelope, too, if it has one of the new stamps commemorating Romare Bearden’s centennial that the U.S. Postal Service is releasing today.

Romare Bearden, Untitled (Scales of Justice), collage of mixed colored papers, circa 1976. Estimate: $40,000 to $60,000.

The issuing of these commemorative stamps, which come in four different designs, each with an iconic Bearden collage, coincides with the 100th anniversary of Bearden’s birth. Very few visual artists have received such an honor from the Postal Service, and there will be a launch celebration at the New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture today

Swann has been commemorating the pioneering African-American artist’s centennial all year, and has highlighted significant works by Bearden in the February 17th auction, and upcoming October 6th African-American Fine Art auction.
The Bearden stamps are “Forever” stamps, meaning they will remain valid for the full first-class postage regardless of any rate increases. And, with the art of a 20th century American master like Bearden on them, they’re already worth more than a mere 44 cents each.