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Q: Selling Gary Bukovnik Watercolor Paintings ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: Selling Gary Bukovnik Watercolor Paintings
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: 1207ga-ga
List Price: $20.00
Posted: 28 Jul 2005 08:58 PDT
Expires: 27 Aug 2005 08:58 PDT
Question ID: 548977
Who do I contact that will sell my signed Gary Bukovnik Watercolor
paintings for me? Dated 1984/85

Request for Question Clarification by nenna-ga on 28 Jul 2005 09:42 PDT
What city/state are you located in?


Clarification of Question by 1207ga-ga on 28 Jul 2005 10:15 PDT
I am unabel to find anyone that sells art for a private individuals. I
would prefer not to use Ebay. Gary Bukovonic is a renowned contemp.
watercolor artist in San Francisco, Ca. Paintings worth at least
$750.00 each.
I am an privated individual that wants to find  someone who sells for
indivuals, thus doing the sale or walks you through selling.  Such as,
how do I sell and how to ship, etc. Teach the novice or do it for me?
I expect fees.
Subject: Re: Selling Gary Bukovnik Watercolor Paintings
Answered By: nenna-ga on 28 Jul 2005 11:31 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Good afternoon 1207ga.  

As youalready know, Bukovnik?s work is highly collectible.  There are
a number of public and private collections around the US, including
the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Chicago Museum of Art,
the Smithsonian Institute, the Fine Arts Museum in San Francisco,
Neiman Marcus, Bank of America and other institutions.

One of his water colors was purchased from a San Francisco art gallery
in 1982 for $360.00.  The estimated value today??  $20,000.00 to

Picture:  ( )

The appraisal to this piece was done by Debra Freer.  She is a
professional appraiser of fine art and antiques, a published author,
and historian, specializing in paintings, watercolors, prints,
sculpture, photographs, decorative arts, and historical
manuscripts/documents. She is also an accredited member of the
International society of Appraisers (ISA).

You can reach her at 404-321-6369 or at with any questions.

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Have you possibly thought of selling on consignment?  Here is a great
article that answers the question:

?Q: I inherited several old paintings that I want to sell. I was
thinking about selling them to a gallery for cash, but a friend
suggested that I could make more money by consigning them. He said
that when I consign them, I don't get paid until they sell, but I get
more money when they do. Will I make more money by consigning the
paintings and, if so, what do I need to know about consigning??

Source:  Art Sales Help
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Two of the most well known ?auction houses? that could help you with
selling your paintings would be Sotheby?s & Christie?s, both with
solid reputations.

Sotheby?s  provides efficient and confidential advice and assistance
for all appraisal and auction services, primarily focused on
appraisals  and  auction estimates.  Depending on the location of the
property, Sotheby's will offer an initial walk-through or a
preliminary review of property listings and photographs (if
available), in order to determine the scope of the collection and to
identify the appropriate staff to work with you. They will then
conduct the appraisal or arrive at auction estimates.

A completed appraisal will include detailed property descriptions and
itemized values in a bound document with an affidavit and summary
page.   The appraisal fee is based on the volume and nature of the
property, as well as the amount of time and number of specialists
required. Sotheby's will refund the fee pro rata should you consign
any of the property to them for sale.

In the event that a sale is considered, they would provide auction
estimates, an in-depth proposal for sale, and a comprehensive
marketing plan, depending upon the property's value. When sales are
underway, the group works closely with the appropriate specialist
departments to ensure that clients' needs are met promptly and

You can view their auction estimate and request form and its instructions at:

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You can reach them via telephone at:  (541)312 5682

or by mailing them at:

1334 York Avenue
New York, NY 10021 
They also have auction houses around the world.  You can view these locations at:

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Christie?s has several locations throughout the world as well.  If you
are considering a sale of your property at Christie's, please contact
one of their locations near you via their website at:

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Christie?s also works on consignment and is always accepting new
items.  You can contact them at if you need more
information.  To see how seller?s commission works, please visit their
website at:

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Christie?s auction house can give you an auction estimate as well. 
Print out the Auction Estimate Request form and mail the completed
form with a clear color photograph to:

Christie's Auction Estimates Service
20 Rockefeller Plaza
New York, NY 10020

This form can be found at:

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?Please fill out an individual Auction Estimate Request form for each
item.  Photographs and other materials submitted will not be

Additionally, you can make a request via email.  Include the
information requested in the Auction Estimate Request form and attach
a clear jpeg image. Send a separate email for each item to

I do not think Sotheby?s nor Christies have sold a Bukovnik
watercolor, however, they may be able to recommend someone to you who
has had some experience with the artist if they are unable or
unwilling to sell it for you.

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Ruby Lane is another place to consider.  It is not an auction house,
but rather an online store that you can sell your paintings at. 
Unlike Ebay, which sells everything from stickers to ?my dead
grandfather?s cane which is haunted by his ghost? to advertising
rights on a person?s forehead, Rubylane is one of the Internet's
largest sites for antiques, collectibles, fine art and artisans.  It
is home to shops from all over the world, and indexes an inventory of
thousands of items in 2,000 categories.

You can view their website at:


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SHIPPING:  The best way to transport an irreplaceable work of art is
to pack it securely and deliver it yourself.   Shipping by common
carrier always involves some risk. Objects may be exposed to crushing,
shock, vibrations, or drastic changes in temperature and humidity.  
However, if you insist on sending by mail, below are ways in which to
do so.

     1.  U. S. Postal Service Registered Mail: This is the recommended
way to ship art of moderate size and value. Packages traveling by
Registered Mail are limited to 70 pounds and 108 inches. Size is
determined by adding length (the longest dimension) to the girth (2
times the width plus 2 times the height). The U. S. Postal Service
requires that all seams on Registered Mail packages be sealed with
brown paper packing tape.

     2.  Air Freight or Air Express: These companies are recommended
for crates that are too large or too heavy to go by Registered Mail,
however, they are expensive.  Some companies offer door-to-door
service. See Yellow Pages for different air cargo companies and call
them for rates and size limitations.   Another shipping company you
might try is Transit Systems, Inc.


     3.  Fine Arts Shipping Services (see Yellow Pages or call the
nearest large museum): Most offer door- to-door trucking with special
handling for valuable or irreplaceable objects. Some offer packing and
crating service. Fine arts shippers are very reliable and but usually

     4.  UPS and Federal Express: These carriers will not knowingly
accept art objects, unique items, or irreplaceable artifacts.

TIP:  Shipping on Monday or Tuesday of a week when there are no
holidays is recommended. This decreases the risk of the package being
left unattended or outdoors over a weekend. If possible, do not ship
during extremely cold, very humid or stormy periods.

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PACKAGING:  If the objects are framed and it is safe to do so, remove
them from the frames. Then pack as follows:

     1.  Wrap each object in a clean smooth acid-free paper such as
tissue paper. You can buy acid-free papers at most hobby stores. 
Place a stiff, non-acidic paper or cardboard behind especially fragile
objects to support them.

     2.  After being wrapped, the objects should be placed between
stiff boards and secured to one of the boards with envelope corners.
The boards should be taped together and wrapped in a sturdy paper.  
Use of non-breathing, impermeable material may not be wise. If the
package is subjected to abrupt temperature drops, condensation can
form inside the package.

     3.  Place the wrapped object in the shipping container.  Each
object should be wrapped and packed so it does not slide around in the
container. Padding helps absorb shocks and keeps objects from
shifting. It may also provide thermal insulation and a humidity

Filling the crate with plastic "peanuts" provides a cushion.  Packing
with "bubble wrap" is another option, but, because bubble wrap is a
sheet that does not breathe, it should not be sealed around the
object. In addition, bubble wrap can stain.

     4.  Enclose a packing list of all objects as well as your name,
address, phone number and any special instructions.

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Request for Answer Clarification by 1207ga-ga on 28 Jul 2005 12:40 PDT
I live in Palm Springs Ca. 
This is extremely Helpful.Your research will most likely 
afford me very needed surgery. 
Thank you very much,
Fred C.

Clarification of Answer by nenna-ga on 28 Jul 2005 13:31 PDT
Here is a listing of some art gallereis in Palm Springs.  If you have
not yet contacted them about consigning your pieces, you might want to
do so.

Adagio Galleries 
193 South Palm Canyon Drive 
Palm Springs, California 92262
Toll Free: 1.800.288.2230 

Adagio Galleries was established in 1980 and is honored to be
celebrating it's silver anniversary after 25 years in business. Today,
Adagio Galleries enthusiastically boasts of two floors and 9000 square
feet of exhibition space displaying stunningly beautiful pieces of
more than sixteen highly acclaimed artists and sculptors. We are now
the leading art gallery specializing in Southwest art on the west

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J. Behman Gallery & Desert Fine Arts Academy 
1000 North Palm Canyon
Palm Springs, California 92262 
Phone: 760.320.6806

J. Behman Gallery is the gallery for collectors looking for innovative
contemporary art! Behman Gallery is a contemporary art showroom that
prides itself on exposing upcoming artists.

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Thomas Gallery 
400 North Palm Canyon
Palm Springs, California 92262 
Phone: 760.327.4885

Paintings, watercolors, photography and graphics, Thomas Gallery
features late modern and contemporary art from 1945 to the present.
Located on Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs' growing "Gallery Row",
this unique gallery exhibits distinctive pieces drawn from private
estates and collections as well as fresh new work by emerging artists.

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Desert Art Center
550 North Palm Canyon Drive
Palm Springs, CA

Montana St. Martin Gallery
2901 North Palm Canyon Drive at Tramway Road
Palm Springs, CA

Additionally, City Search lists some more galleries around the Palm Springs area:


Good luck to you with the sale and the surgery.  I wish you a speedy recovery!!

1207ga-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $20.00
Outstanding! I have evry thing I need and information I most likely
could have never found. Extremly please. Thanks and Google

Subject: Re: Selling Gary Bukovnik Watercolor Paintings
From: nenna-ga on 28 Jul 2005 14:06 PDT
I am so happy to have been able to help you and I thank you ever so
much for the generous tip, rating & comment.  If you need additional
help, please do not hesitate to ask and again, good luck to you and
your health!


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