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What should the price range be Gomez painting of A Bite of

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What should the price range be for Mario Gomez painting of A Bite of Hope, 20.5″ x 33.5″ oil on canvas
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Nora replied 11 months ago.


Did you purchase this painting direct from one of his galleries?


Customer: replied 11 months ago.
I am considering purchasing directly from a Gallery in San Francisco but have no idea what a reasonable price is and/or whether I should haggle over the price. Do you counter offer or is it more like you either accept the price or not. Thanks Matt
Expert:  Nora replied 11 months ago.

Hi Matt,

Generally a primary gallery - meaning one selling the artist's work straight from the studio will ask the highest price for a painting. You can make an offer, however both the gallery and the artist would be splitting the take (hence assume it is essentially double the price of what the artist would ask, if the artist does not own the gallery and is being represented by a gallery). There is not yet an established auction record or re-sale market on him to gauge what the buying art market would pay. Usually, and almost always, the value of an artwork is not retained after purchase nor automatically increases over time. The art should be purchased for the enjoyment and pleasure of the work and not for investment purposes. As there are no auction records of past sales, the only 'value' is the price placed on it by the gallery, which is perceived value and not absolute value.

Please let me know if I can be of further assistance on this.


Customer: replied 11 months ago.
Thanks Nora. So the only way to judge the price is if you think it brings you that much value? Do you know anything about Mario Gomez as an artist? I think it is a lovely painting but not sure on the price of $6,000. Has Mario Gomez sold other paintings that would give an indication of value at auction?
Expert:  Nora replied 11 months ago.


Mario Gomez is a contemporary artist being represented by essentially a non-blue chip or mega art fair gallery (meaning not a high end gallery where the artist's sold have a slight potential for becoming investment pieces).

Yes, judging the price in contemporary art is based on if it brings you the value or pleasure and not based on a scale that it will automatically rise in value over time. 9.9 times out of 10, works sold through galleries do not retain their purchase price nor rise in value on the market.

No, there are not any transparent secondary sale records (aka auction records) to indicate or support a $6000 value. The majority of work that sells at a primary gallery of that calibre with a relatively unlisted artist re-sell for around 10% of the original purchase price, if they do re-sell.


Expert:  Nora replied 11 months ago.


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