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Jude's avatar

Why are Art Deco collectibles so ridiculously expensive (and in such high demand right now)

Asked by Jude (32095points) March 21st, 2011

Or, has it been that way for awhile (high demand part)?

There is a lot of beautiful stuff out there. :)

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Neizvestnaya's avatar

My mother wondered the same thing when she started collecting it in the 1970’s. I did see a drop in demand when all the rage turned to Craftsman style in the 90’s.

TexasDude's avatar

It’s been that way for a while.

The Art Deco aesthetic is making a comeback and reaching a wider, younger audience now, too, thanks to media such as the Bioshock videogames and the steampunk art movement, which includes some Art Deco elements.

Joker94's avatar

What @Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard said. BioShock and the Fallout series are kind of helping to revitalize it.

TexasDude's avatar

@Joker94, Fallout, yes! How could I forget Fallout?

Joker94's avatar

@Fiddle_Playing_Creole_Bastard Probably ‘cause BioShock stole most of it’s thunder XD

woodcutter's avatar

You answered your own question with your question. Anything that is in high demand is going to be pricey. That’s how it works. Capitalism…gotta love it.

Buttonstc's avatar

Another contributing factor to its longevity over time is rhat it’s clean lines and style elements translated to additional things as diverse as clothing fashion and car design.

Offhand I don’t recall any craftsman-style dresses or cars to cite just one brief example off the top of my head.

anartist's avatar

The pendulum swings. It will fall out of fashion again. Victoriana [especially Gothic] is considered ugly now and is relatively cheap. You couldn’t give away 1950s stuff 20 years ago but its value is rising sharply.

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