Is this painting worth anything?
Water color on board
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Is the piece under glass?
What is the signature?
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The artist is unknown/unlisted. This means he/she has never been recognized nationally or internationally nor has he/she had a painting part of a major exhibition.
As a painting by an unlisted artist, it would have an estimated retail value of $550-650 assuming good condition and depending on sale location.
If you wish to sell, the internet offers the widest selection of buyers.
Online auctions like ebay often result in wholesale prices. The best sites for this would be
Etsy.com - small fees - 20 cents to list plus 3.5% final price.Artfire.comBonanza.com
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In general, a private seller to a dealer, via consignment or at auction can expect 30-50% of estimated retail value.
Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.
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Sorry, I sent the wrong signatuee..this is the correct one.. Carol '55
Let me redo my research.
The artist that signed paintings "Carol" is listed by only the single name. My authoritative references do not give another part of the name.
He/she is simply described as a 20thC American artist.
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 assessment method, I was able to determine an estimated auction value of $150-200 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.
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: