Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.
I have been an antiques collector, dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.
I will be pleased to help you.
Thank you for the information.
When assessing an artist's work, appraisers must look at sales of works by the same artist. Art gallery sales prices are private.
We must then go to auction sales prices which are public. When using comparable work by the same artist, medium, subject matter and size are factors to be considered.
Appraisers most often use price per square inch of previously sold comparable works by the same artist as a measure of value.
I found one of his paintings that was smaller than yours that sold at a 2015 auction for $40 + buyers premium of 20%. This means the buyer paid $48 for the 16x23.5" painting.
The auction house had estimate a bidder's win at $60-80 plus 20% premium.
Using the standard method of assessment described above, your 17.75x36.5" Hamm painting would sell at auction for $68 plus 20% buyers premium.
Retail pricing could be as much as 10X higher. Retail prices compared to auction prices vary widely depending on location and the tastes of the retail art gallery owner.
I truly wish I had better news for you. There is obviously very little demand for W. Howard Hamm paintings.
If you wish to sell, these are my suggestions -
The internet has your widest pool of buyers. To sell close to retail try the following -
Plus try ads on sites such as
Some like Etsy.com where you can set up your store for free and the selling fees are small - 20 cents to list an item plus 3.5% of the final price.
Or list with no fees whatsoever:
A private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of retail value.
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