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Category: Antiques
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I purchased an oil on canvas in an antique store and the

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I purchased an oil on canvas in an antique store and the only signature is Alex in red. Was wondering if there is any venue in which I might determine who is the artist?
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 11 months ago.

Hi

You have a vintage original painting of a stylized European city street scene that dates to the 3rd quarter of the 20th century, 1950’s - 1970’s.

It is by what is known as an unlisted artist, meaning one that does not sell at auction for fine art collector and investor purposes, but a painting that is more intended for decorative framed original wall art for the home, hotel or lobby setting. Oftentimes, the artist’s name that is on the painting is fictitious and they painted in factory settings in Mexico and China. They were sold in decorator shops, furniture show room stores and department store furniture sections.

Your vintage framed oil painting could sell for $100 - $300 on today’s market. They do get offered for higher on online auction sites, but the realistic sales prices are lower than asking price. The suggested insurance, or replacement value is $400.

~Nora

Expert:  Nora replied 11 months ago.

Hello,

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Nora