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Marlin Linville's Arboretum oil painting is one of two Dallas scenes painted by the Texas artist for sale on eBay.
Marlin Linville's Arboretum oil painting is one of two Dallas scenes painted by the Texas artist for sale on eBay.

Marlin Linville's Arboretum oil painting is one of two Dallas scenes painted by the Texas artist for sale on eBay.

A Dallas fine art collector is using eBay to offload the work of noted Texas artist Marlin Linville, who died in 2001 after a long battle with cancer. The seller's getting rid of three of Linville's oil paintings, two of which have local ties: One's a scene from the Arboretum; the other depicts the azaleas along Turtle Creek. The missus, a former art-history major, tells me they're "in the style of Monet," showoff.

The opening bid for the former piece begins at $8,000; the latter is going for no less than $10,000. Both price tags seem about right: On the official Linville for-sale site -- maintained out of Austin, where Linville lived -- most of his larger canvases are listed as either residing in private collections, or they're going for $7,500 (and they're likely unframed). Oddly, on the official site, neither one of the eBay paintings are shown in the Texas collection. --Robert Wilonsky


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