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What is my art worth?

What is my art worth Step 1 : Do you have an original artwork?
If you are certain you have an original oil, watercolor, or sculpture- or a signed and/or numbered work by the artist, please proceed to Step 2. 
If you are unsure, we suggest you let a local frame shop or art gallery help you determine if you have an original work versus a reproduction. Otherwise, prints and reproductions are not an area where we can help.
What is my art worth Step 2 : Identify the artist.
Look for a legible signature or notation on the artwork, including the back, and bottom if a sculpture. If you are unable to determine the artist's name, but the quality of the work is very evident, you might provide photos (or jpgs) to dealers and auction houses carrying similar works.
What is my art worth Step 3 : Condition.
The condition of your artwork will make a significant difference to its value. Look for any rips, or signs of in-painting, or over-cleaning. Has the work been relined? Have the colors faded, or is there water damage? Often an ideal situation is when an artwork has never been touched up, even though it might need cleaning badly. You may need advice from a restorer to determine what condition your art is in, especially if it is an older work.
What is my art worth Step 4: Provenance.
Knowing the lineage of ownership and exhibitions may add to the value of your artwork, but it is rare to find older works of art with a complete history of ownership.
What is my art worth Step 5 : If you find your artist listed on AskART
(If not, please try back in the future, as our site grows daily)
A. Look at the "Quick Facts" to find a broad overview about your artist.
B. Look at the "Biography"  link for background information about your artist.
C. Look for Auction History or Auctions Upcoming information for your artist.

These queries are provided for Subscriber members (learn details) and can yield valuable insights. Our data covers the past 18 years with the prices your artist may have obtained at auction, including presale estimates, sizes, titles, and images of the artworks. Note: some artists may not have any historical or upcoming auction records, so please pay attention to our menu for each artist before assuming we have data.
D. Look for the dealers and their "For Sale" or "Wanted" ads and consider contacting them.
E. Look at the list of "Museums" that might list your artist, for a sense of where he/she might stand in importance in the museum art world.
F. Look for the "Books" and "Magazines" that included your artist. The more listed, the better.
What is my art worth Step 6 : Conclusion.
From the steps above, hopefully you have learned to appreciate and enjoy your artwork even more. In addition, our records can provide the first step in the process of determining the value of your artwork. However, please be aware that your own research may not be a substitute for the type of formal analysis and appraisal that can come from contracting a qualified professional appraisal service. In addition, you should know that appraisal results will vary according to the intended purpose of the appraisal. The two most common purposes for appraisal are “Fair Market Value” (the value typically applied to the donation of an artwork to a qualifying non-profit art institution), and “Replacement Value” (which is typically required for insurance purposes). But there are various other types of appraisal purposes, each with their own appropriate corresponding methodologies. Only a written report prepared by a qualified professional appraiser may serve as a legal document. Therefore, while your own research initiative on AskART is admirable and encouraged, AskART cannot be held responsible for, nor can it validate, the conclusions you or others may have derived.
If you decide to sell your artwork, you have many options including doing so directly through AskART's Classified ads for private parties (see details), or by contacting any of our dealers or auction houses that have listed their interest in your artist.


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