Thomas Kinkade paintings, reproductions selling at a fast clip
"Phones are just ringing nonstop. We have five lines and they're constantly lit up. People are waiting in line to buy paintings," Nathan Ross, a Kinkade art dealer, tells the Associated Press. "It's just been a real juggling match to make sure everyone gets taken care of."
The sudden windfall in sales would have been a welcome change to Kinkade, who filed for bankruptcy in 2010 and was making payments on a $3 million court award to two former Kinkade gallery owners.
Pieces with Kinkade's signature are in high demand, selling for approximately $8,000 to $15,000 each. One original painting is selling for $150,000 -- Ross raised the price after Kinkade's death because of the uptick in interest.
The Washington Post compiled some helpful hints if you're in the market for a Kinkade work. Pieces actually painted by the artist are rare -- most sold in his signature galleries are mass-produced reproductions.