Probably due to some condition issues—surface abrasions, toning, and fading—next week’s offering at Skinner is estimated at $25,000-35,000, but even that may be conservative because Smith is very popular among collectors. Just last week, her watercolor on board May I Have the Pleasure, created for Good Housekeeping in 1926, sold at Heritage Auctions for $87,500. In 2020, her 1920 watercolor for a GH cover, Saying Grace sold for $93,750, despite the fact that it had sold only three months prior for $82,500. In 2019, her Shh…Baby Sleeping, another GH cover illustration, sold for $137,500.
Antiquarian bookseller Ed Nudelman, who specializes in Smith and published a bibliography of her work, has several pieces related to her currently for sale. Smith’s letters, drawings, and first editions can be had for much less than her original paintings and are a great place for a collector to start.