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Q: Value of an reproduction of a Rembrandt painting ( Answered,   0 Comments )
Subject: Value of an reproduction of a Rembrandt painting
Category: Arts and Entertainment > Visual Arts
Asked by: graystatefan-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 23 Aug 2003 20:04 PDT
Expires: 22 Sep 2003 20:04 PDT
Question ID: 248088
We just bought what appears to be a painted reproduction of
Rembrandt's "The Student". The painting is at least 25 years old,
framed and is about 70x62inches in size, it's in excellent condition.
How do I find out how much it's worth? We paid $400 US today when we
got it from a Catholic convent that is closing. What information do I
need to have to get an accurate price. There are no identifying
obvious marks on the frame, and I haven't had the guts to take the
backing paper off the frame yet to look for more info. Should I
attempt this myself or take it to a

Clarification of Question by graystatefan-ga on 24 Aug 2003 12:22 PDT
Oops! My spouse typed the original question, the accurate dimensions
are 48x60inches. Sorry.
Subject: Re: Value of an reproduction of a Rembrandt painting
Answered By: missy-ga on 24 Aug 2003 19:10 PDT
Hello graystatefan!

I looked around to see what current pricing is on reproductions of
this painting.  Different sites offer different dimensions, and the
prices vary only slightly:

48x72 - $360 (largest dimension)

28x32 - $309 (only size)

Your painting may be worth more than this - or considerably less - but
the larger size does currently sell for about what you paid for yours.

The best way to get a true valuation of your painting is to get it
appraised - either in person, by a reputable appraiser or art dealer,
or online by an accredited appraisal company.  In order to get the
most accurate appraisal possible, you'll need to provide the appraiser
with as much information about the piece as you can:

-- approximate date the painting was done
-- name of the artist (if known)
-- medium, if known (for example:  oil on canvas, acrylic on canvas)
-- how the painting came into the possession of its previous owners
(if known)
-- how long they owned it (if known)
-- any identifying marks 

For an online appraisal, you'll need a full description of the piece,
as well as several high resolution photos (digital or scanned) of the
piece itself and close-ups of any unusual or distinguishing markings.

If you can't provide any of that information, don't worry.  Part of
the appraisal process includes finding some of it out for you!  It's
just faster if you already have some of the information available to
work with.

Before looking for an appraiser, it may well be worth your while to
take your piece to the local art museum first.  Most art museums will
offer an unofficial appraisal and referrals to accredited and
reputable appraisers in your area.  Since appraisals can be costly, a
consultation with your local museum will help you decide if you'd like
to pursue the matter further.

There are a number of online appraisal services available, with
varying degrees of completeness and varying costs.

Perhaps best known among the online appraisers is What'sItWorthToYou,
which offers basic appraisals, "second opinion" appraisals, and a
"deluxe" appraisal which includes a full report of the sources used to
research your piece, and a certificate for both the fair market and
replacement values of your piece.  Appraisals start at $9.95 for a
basic appraisal.


The Collector's Channel, in conjunction with eBay, offers the Ask The
Appraiser service for $19.95.  A high quality photograph is required,
as well as a complete item description.  ATA appraswers are members of
the Online Appraisers Association:

Ask The Appraiser

Dr. Lori Verdarame, director of Masterpiece Galleries and member of
the Pennsylvania Antiques Appraisers' Association, offers both online
and traditional certified appraisals.  Online appraisals are $60 and
require 30 days to fully research and complete.  Traditional
appraisals are billed at $125 per hour, upon customer approval of an
advance quote.

Masterpiece Galleries
P.O. Box 381
Doylestown, PA 18901
(888) 431 - 1010

Dr. J. Darragh M. Elliot, of Maynard Elliot Inc., offers "temporary
online appraisals" if you ask for a free quote.  He requires that you
submit a photo, full description and a copy of the invoice or receipt
for the piece, after which he will send a temporary appraisal and an
estimate for a fully researched, traditional appraisal.  A temporary
appraisal may help you decide whether pursuing a full appraisal is
worth your while:

Maynard Elliott Inc.
334 Bradstrom Circle
Unit 101 - C
Naples, Florida 34113

Charles Sherman, of Fine Art Appraisal, offers verbal appraisals over
the telephone for $49 and written appraisals for $99: 
146 N. Hamilton Dr. #E 
Beverly Hills, CA 90211
800 410 6977

Telepraisals, a full service internet appraisal company, can provide a
photo based estimate for $35 or a full appraisal for a minimum of $85
(upon customer approval of advance quotation):

Telepraisal, Inc.
P.O. Box 20686
NY, NY 10009
800 645-6002
212 614-9090
Fax 212 780-9539

The following resources may also be of interest to you:

How to be an Art Detective

How to Find an Art Appraiser

Chicago Appraisers Association

I hope you find this information helpful!  If you need further
assistance, please just ask for clarification.  I'll be happy to help.

Congratulations on your purchase, I hope you find that it's worth more
than you paid for it!


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