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Doris, Antiques Appraiser
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I have an original painting done by Hamm 1963, size is 17

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I have an original painting done by ***** ***** Hamm 1963, size is 17 3/4x 36 1/2 on hardboard, I knew him and we did several murals together in Bisbee, Az. in early 60's, I know he started Old Tuson, he was mostly known for his graphic art, active in Kansas before 1945, can only find one painting on internet that sold at auction think name was something about dark night but can not find any value or anything else sold by him, I know he wrote several books of poems, and is listed in Biographical Dictionary of Kansas Artists( active before 1945) complied by Susan V. Craig, Art and Architecture Librarian at University of Kansas, he moved out west because of an illness and didn't really paint much after that he established several zoo's, one in Cochise Co., Az. and he died several years ago. I would like to sell this one painting that I described above, which is a desert type setting with mountains in background and one lg. twisted type tree as main focal point. Any help would be greatly appreciated in this matter. Ga.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Antiques
Expert:  Doris replied 1 year 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.

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 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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Expert:  Doris replied 1 year ago.

Here is a snipping the painting that sold and its results.

Please do not forget the positive.

Kind regards,


Expert:  Doris replied 1 year 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?

Let me know,
Kind regards,