Hello and welcome! My name is Doris.I have been an antiques and art collector as well as dealer and appraiser for over 56 years.I will be pleased to help you.
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Sybil was actually Shirley Ardell Mason of Dodge City, Minnesota. Her life spanned 1923-1998.
She was afflicted with Multiple Personality Disorder having 15 distinctly different personalities. For her story see the following web site
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 method of assessment, I was able to determine an auction value of $200 for the larger floral and $140 for the little girls. Both values assume good condition and depend 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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If you read the short biography of Sybil, you will see she had 15 different personalities.
Her paintings vary widely in styles where she was using her different personalities.
She only signed the paintings she had done if she recognized them as one of hers; hence, no signatures on some.
You are fortunate that she signed yours.
Ms Mason is the only listed artist that signed her name "Sybil."
If you would like to have your paintings evaluated in person. I possibly can recommend
a certified appraiser near you if you tell me a large city near you.
Please know these appraisers usually charge at least $300 per item.
Let me know.