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: ( http://www.wpba.org/antiques/images/bukovikwatercolor.jpg )
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
( http://www.artbusiness.com/consignart.html )
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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
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:
( http://search.sothebys.com/about/contact/as_estreq.html )
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:
( http://search.sothebys.com/jsps/live/office/OfficeLanding.jsp )
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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:
( http://www.christies.com/locations/overview.asp )
Christie?s also works on consignment and is always accepting new
items. You can contact them at email@example.com if you need more
information. To see how seller?s commission works, please visit their
( http://www.christies.com/howtosell/termsofsale.asp )
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:
( http://www.christies.com/consignments/estimate_request.pdf )
?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
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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