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Art Price Guides 2003

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Dear Chatelaine's Antiques,
I have two prints depicting Native American children, Singing Winds and Johnny No Shoes. I can't find any information on the artist or the pictures. Would you happen to know any information concerning these subjects?
SueAnn M., Mississippi

Dear SueAnn,
You've got two nice pieces here, and I'm sure they look absolutely wonderful on your wall. Unfortunately, I can't give you much information, because they're not by a listed artist. "Listed artist," simply means that his or her work has been sold at an auction.

The primary market for art is in galleries. That's where an up-and-coming artist's fame and recognition begins. Almost all artists are first sold in galleries even Picasso.

Auction houses, on the other hand, are much more cautious. They'll only sell an artist's work after he or she has shown to have broad appeal.

 Several publications gather data and list artists who sell at auctions. These volumes include Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide and Art Sales Index.

This all means you could go to a gallery in Maine, for instance, and pay $7,000 for a painting by a local artist. If that artist is not listed in one of those price guides, you're not going to find much information about him or her.

 It doesn't mean the artist isn't talented. It doesn't mean it's not a beautiful piece, and it doesn't mean your painting's not worth what you paid. It simply means that the artist doesn't have enough of a following to be sold at auction.


Davenport Art Reference & Price Guide 2003

Davenport's Art Reference & Price Guide, 1999-2000
by R. Davenport

Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide 2001-2002
by Raymond Davenport

Canadian Art Sales Index: 1999-2000 Season
by Anthony Westbridge

The Art Sales Index 1998-99
by Duncan Hislop

Art Sales Index CD ROM 1980-89

Mayer 1998 International Auction Records: 120,000 Auction Prices: Prints, Drawings, Watercolors, Paintings, Sculpture

Mayer International Auction Records 1994: January 1 Through December 31, 1993

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