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Dogs Playing Poker:  Art Dealers Les & Sue Fox launch their latest Fun Project.

Everyone recognizes the iconic "Dogs Playing Poker" image of 7 humanized (anthropomorphized) dogs sitting at a poker table.  But hardly anyone knows the American Artist who created this timeless work of art.  (Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, 1844-1934.)  By the way, the actual name of the painting is "A Friend In Need."  People just call it "Dogs Playing Poker."  (Sample pages below.)

     128 Pages. 8x10. Profusely Illustrated. 

The image on the front cover of our book is actually one of 16 dog paintings commissioned by the Brown & Bigelow advertising company in 1903.  You'll find everything in our book.  Including the artist's life story (Coolidge married his 29 year old secretary at age 65 in 1909), other Famous Dogs In Art (like Blue Dog, and Picasso's Afghan which sold for $11 million at auction in 2012), as well as profiles of the real-life breeds pictured in Coolidge's paintings, notably St. Bernards and English Bulldogs.  Oh, and did we mention that an original Coolidge Dogs Playing Poker painting sold at Sotheby's in November, 2015 for $658,000? Yup! It's all in the book, as well as on our brand new Limited Edition art prints which are included in all of our Kickstarter Rewards. 

One of the reasons we decided to publish this extensively researched book, the very first book about Coolidge and his Poker Dogs, is to track down original paintings for a major art exhibition at a museum. These paintings have never been seen by the general public.  While some "art critics" poo-poo Coolidge's work as silly, we think he is one of the greatest dog painters of all time.  Hey, if you think Dogs Playing Poker isn't "real art," how about pictures of a Campbell's Soup Can? Or Jackson Pollock's drip paintings?  As experts in 19th and 20th century art, our book will entertain you, and convince you that the paintings of the imaginative and talented Cassius M. Coolidge are brilliant, inspired and entertaining.  Plus, don't forget that Dogs Playing Poker was Sam Malone's favorite work of art on the TV Show "Cheers"! 

Sold For $658,000 At Sotheby's in 2015
Sold For $658,000 At Sotheby's in 2015

 

 

Picasso's Afghan
Picasso's Afghan

 

 

Dogs Playing Poker Series - Sample Page
Dogs Playing Poker Series - Sample Page

 

Fan Club Membership Card
Fan Club Membership Card

 

Risks and challenges

Les and Sue Fox, authors of "Dogs Playing Poker," have self-published many Pop Culture books since 1977. Books about Silver Dollars, Gold Coins, Elvis, Beanie Babies and most recently "The Art Hunters Handbook: How To Buy Art For $5 and Sell It For $1,000,000." (True story.) Our books are printed in the U.S.A. by a family business that's been around for a century. We personally supervise every aspect of production and distribution. What could go wrong with this project? We could get hit by a meteor the day before it's released! But seriously, folks, I can't think of any risks or challenges that we can't handle.

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    1 Book + 2 Limited Edition 8x10 Art Prints. (Each print is different. Brand new edition, full color, high quality, ready to frame.) Free shipping. Membership in The Dogs Playing Poker Fan Club. Your name will be listed on the Fan Club website as a "Loyal Supporter."

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    2 Books + 5 Limited Edition 8x10 Art Prints. (Each print is different. Brand new edition, full color, high quality, ready to frame.) Free shipping. Membership in The Dogs Playing Poker Fan Club. Your name will be listed on the Fan Club website as a "Loyal Supporter."

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    5 Books + Complete Set of 10 Limited Edition 8x10 Art Prints. (Each print is different. Brand new edition, full color, high quality, ready to frame.) Free shipping. Membership in The Dogs Playing Poker Fan Club.) Your name will be listed on the Fan Club website as a "Loyal Supporter."

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    12 Books + 30 Limited Edition 8x10 Art Prints. (3 Sets of 10 Different prints. Brand new edition, full color, high quality, ready to frame.) Free shipping. Membership in The Dogs Playing Poker Fan Club. Your name will be listed on the Fan Club website as a "Loyal Supporter." Your name will also be acknowledged in the D.P.P. book!

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    36 Books + 100 Limited Edition 8x10 Art Prints. (10 Sets of 10 Different prints. Brand new edition, full color, high quality, ready to frame.) Free shipping. Membership in The Dogs Playing Poker Fan Club. Your name will be listed on the Fan Club website as a "Loyal Supporter." Your name will also be acknowledged in the D.P.P. book along with a photo of you and your dog! Or, you and a second person. You will need to email us your name and an image. Fun!

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