Ross Shellenberger Obituary:
Birth: Aug. 6, 1936
Death: Sep. 9, 2014
"Ross E. Shellenberger, 78, passed away Tues. Sept. 9, 2014 at his home in Center Point, IA . He was born Aug. 6, 1936 in Chicago and moved to Libertyville when he was 10 years old. He was a 1954 graduate of LHS and received his Masters Degree in Fine Arts from Northern Illinois University. He was the art teacher at Highland School and Libertyville High School for a total of 37 years. He was extremely proud of his former students and their success in the arts. Ross enjoyed singing and was a member of his church choir and a group called the Vocalaires. He also enjoyed hunting and fishing, operating a charter boat on Lake Michigan for 27 years. Ross was a magnificent artist, loved his family and his dear friends."
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.
Using this standard method, I was able to determine an estimated auction value of $220-240 for you Shallenberger watercolor.
This means a retail art gallery would charge $480-520 for your watercolor assuming excellent condition.
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I suggest the you try artbrokerage.com selling
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Some like Etsy.com where you can set up your store for free and the selling fees are small or not existent.
A private seller to a dealer can expect 30-60% of retail value.
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