Last week, Terese Nielsen shared the story behind her Mother of Runes and announced the schedule for the auction of the original painting and sketch.


The auction for the painting will begin on Thursday, March 5th and end on Wednesday, March 11th.

The auction for the sketch will begin on Friday, March 13th and end on Thursday, March 19th.

The selected dates also coincide with Terese’s (March 11th) and her daughter Kristi’s birthday (March 13th).  Additionally, Kristi modeled for Terese when she was creating the reference materials for Mom (Mother of Runes), an extra connection to the piece in the Nielsen family.

To celebrate the birthdays and bring some additional hype (HYPE!) to the upcoming auctions, I reached out to Terese to create the Guessing Game for the Mother of Runes auction.

Here is the run down:

The Rules

  • The Guessing Game starts as soon as this article goes live (12:01 AM EST, Wed. March 4) and runs for 7 days, ending 7AM Wed, March 10.  This will ensure that all guesses are made before the final result of either auction is known.
  • Links to the Auction will be added to this article once they are available.  Check back here on March 5th and 13th.
  • Guesses must include the following information:
    • Full Name
    • Email Address
    • Combined Total Guess
    • Painting Auction Closing Guess
    • Sketch Auction Closing Guess
  • All Guesses must be in a pure number format.  No commas, dollar signs or decimals allowed.
    • Input just the number (ie 15000, etc.); anything else will be rejected.
  • Price is Right rules for Guesses: Closest to the total without going over.
  • 1 Guess per Person.  Duplicate entries will be removed.  Follow Wheaton’s Law.

The Prizes

Terese has been kind enough to create a sweet prize package for this Guessing Game.  The person that comes closest to the combined total selling price for both auction without going over will receive the following:

Mother of Runes Terese Nielsen Prize

  • Signed print of Mother of Runes
  • Signed Artist Proof of Mother of Runes
  • Sketch on the back of Mother of Runes (content and complexity of Terese’s choosing)

In addition, anyone able to guess the exact closing amount of either the Painting or Sketch auctions will receive an Artist Proof from the OMA private collection.

The rules are set and the prizes are awesome.  

Let the Guessing Game begin!


Here are the guess we have received so far.  Get your guesses in before the deadline!