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The artist is Carl Heyden of Germany and dating 1845-1933. The style and subject matter are his.
To value your painting, I need to know the size, not including the frame. PLEASE DO NOT REMOVE FROM THE FRAME.
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When assessing an artist's work, appraisers must look at completed 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.
Using this widely accepted standard of assessment, I was able to determine an estimated auction value of $2603 for your Carl (Karl) Heyden painting assuming good condition and depending on sale geographic location.
As for retail value, I have seen art sell for 4 to 5 times auction values depending on the tastes of the art gallery owner as well as location of the gallery.
In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.
Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.
If you wish to sell, these are my suggestions -
The internet has your widest pool of buyers. To sell close to estimated retail try the following -
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:
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I realize the signature is blurred but the style and subject matter match Carl Heyden. I have books that list known artist. Some are 5-6" thick. The only Heyden that works is this one.
See this painting by him.
I am certain he is the artist.
I'm just following up with you to see how everything is going. Did my answer help or do you have more questions about your item that would help?