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An unsigned original high quality painting from circa 20th century , unknown provenance.

  • Andres G 
  • 3 min read

This is your appraisal report, it has the following sections: Description and History, Appraisal Value (US$), How to sell it, and About the Valuation method. 

Description and history

This is one of the most difficult cases, an original painting that is unsigned and most likely, valuable. Let’s start with the medium. The painting is clearly an oil on canvas. The wooden structure construction is modern, so at least, this painting was made in the 20th century. 

Now the possible artists. First, our AI algorithm is unable to find any match, here are the results:

So it is an original painting. In case it was a reproduction, we should see a match here. The painting is unsigned on the back and on the front, so it is impossible to know the artist’s name. Sadly, this is quite common in the art world. In this case, I can value the painting based upon the style, quality and type of painting. Without provenance, and a signature, it is literally impossible to find the artist or attribute this painting to a known artist.

A portrait painting always have less value than any other (as long as the character is unknown). So this is detrimental in its valuation. However, the quality of the painting is high, the frame is beautiful and I find it a very interesting painting.

Appraisal Value ($)

– 1,000-1,400$

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How to sell it

Art pieces are difficult to sell, you will need some time to find a buyer, so be patient!

To sell the items, I would recommend doing so through the internet. You have plenty of options, for instance:

– Ebay, Craiglist, Etsy, Facebook ads, Amazon marktplace

I would probably go ahead and take a couple of good pictures, like described here:

Then I would use the provided description as a text to the ad, and an attractive ad title will make it.

There isn’t any special difference between selling it on Etsy, FB or Amazon. I would recommend to upload the same ad to at least two or three platforms. It will ensure a high visibility of the ad.

The asking price can be close to the value, it depends upon how fast you want to sell. In general, an agressive strategy of 20% price cut will work great, however it depends upon your specific location.

About the valuation method

To value this item I have considered the results from past auction sales. Keep in mind that the final price can be different from asking prices that you can find on the internet. You can see ads on the internet with different asking prices. However, a very high asking price doesn’t normally find cash from a buyer. 

That’s why our method comprises searching and comparing similar past sale results that had a buyer. That’s why we can provide an accurate estimation of this item.

For art pieces, remember that it isn’t the same a print, a limited edition print or an original art piece. If the artist can’t be identified, the value assigned corresponds to the quality and potential interest of the market for the painting. 

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