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Doris - dfm925, Pres, Owner, Nashville Appraisals Corporation
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I have 4 pictures that I believe are Chalk drawings by

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I have 4 pictures that I believe are Chalk drawings by Illinois artist George Colin. Do you know what they are worth. They r large. 3 are about 30 x 20 or so and the third is about 40 x 28 or 30. They are all of rural scenes, farms, and one is on what looks like a cotton farm with people picking the cotton. All of them are very brightly colored.
Submitted: 5 months ago.
Category: Appraisals
Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 5 months ago.

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.

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Kind regards,

Doris

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 5 months ago.

George Colin

http://www.ben.edu/springfield/news/2012/george-colin.cfm

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 estimated auction value of $224 for the 30x20" and $448 for the 40x30" chalk drawings by George Colin.

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.

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

https://www.artbrokerage.com/help/selling-art

http://www.rubylane.com/art

http://www.askart.com/Ads_Individual.aspx

https://www.artnet.com/auctions/all-artworks/?utm_campaign=bannerad&utm_source=080514auctionsevergreen&utm_medium=link

http://www.artvalue.com

http://www.artprice.com/marketplace/sell-an-artwork

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:

http://forum.findartinfo.com/default.asp?CAT_ID=2

In general, a private seller to a dealer or at auction can expect 30-60% of estimated retail value.

You can set the retail price at what you see others are selling for in retail shops online or in the retail shops around you.

Insurance replacement values are usually about 10% more than retail values.

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Expert:  Doris - dfm925 replied 5 months ago.

Hi there!

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?

Kind regards,
Doris

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