Selling Limited Edition Works on Paper or Canvas
Thank you for visiting our site. I'd be delighted to help you in selling your fine art. We offer a consignment service where you keep the art in your possession and we will list it on our website for no charge. This in no way is an exclusive arrangement with us which allows you to sell the artwork yourself or elsewhere. In a way it’s a no risk opportunity.
We do ask however is that if you do list the work with us and you sell it elsewhere you let us know. We presently average over 1,000,000 hits monthly on our site so we get a good share of potential buyers that will certainly see your artwork.
Only when your piece sells through us do we have an 20% charge of the price or a $250 minimum commission. We will notify you of all offers.
To get started and your artwork available to our client base and on-line and you simply need to SEND US AN EMAIL and let us know what your net asking price (what you want me to write you a check for) is for your artwork, the artist name, title, number associated with and an image of your artwork, whether your artwork is framed/unframed, and away we go. In addition a phone number is very, very useful in case our emails to you bounce and we have a client interested in your artwork.
Every client has different motivations for selling and as such we don't offer pricing on the piece's consignees sell. It is always our goal to get out at least what a client has into a piece however that isn't always possible. You might consider looking at the Completed Items section of eBay to see what prices pieces are selling at. You might also consider doing a Google/Yahoo search for the artist and title with both in quotes. Should you want a formal appraisal to help you please view the information at www.herndonfineart.com/nia_appraisal_services.htm.
I will only list artwork on-line once a net asking price is provided. When your artwork sells you will need to ship it to our location, in almost all cases unframed (UNLESS THE ARTWORK IS ON CANVAS or 3-DIMENSIONAL), as we need to verify the artworks' authenticity and condition, so please include your shipping costs in your net asking price.
PLEASE NOTE: I WILL NOT sell artwork that isn't in a condition I would accept into my own collection. We will ONLY sell or buy artwork which is in great condition with no scratches, dents, waves, tears, creases, etc. Bigger concerns for works on paper are paper loss (where the paper has been torn away caused by incorrect handling during framing); mat burn or browning of the edges of paper (caused by use of acidic matboards); browning/discoloration around the image (caused by inappropriate use of glazing); yellowing or fading of the artwork (caused by inappropriate use of glazing); foxing (these are brown spotting which is often caused by mildew). Bigger concerns for works on canvas are holes in the canvas, tears caused during stretching.
Regarding payment once the piece is sold - for over 30 years we've pretty much used the same procedure. Checks are cut after the artwork is received and verified as being authenticate and in great condition.
Artwork which is not in great condition will need to be restored prior to shipping to us or our restorers can make the necessary repairs. Failure to have the artwork restored to excellent condition will result in us returning the artwork to you at your expense. In addition we will charge any cost accrued to us for the initial shipment to us. Feel free to call me if you have any questions.
Should a piece require restoration I will immediately email you photos
for your consultation. Should you agree to have the piece restored it is
shipped to our curator in LA for an estimate of costs. Once that number
comes in I'll pass this information on to you for your approval. Should you
agree restoration will begin, not the piece is returned to me and I get a
credit card number from you to return the artwork to you. Once restoration
is completed and the artwork returned to me I cut a check to the curator,
run the credit card of the buyer and cut a check to you minus the costs
which are itemized on your Bill Statement.
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Every client has different motivations for selling and as such we don't offer pricing on the pieces clients sell
If you are looking for the value of your limited edition artwork -- we have a $50 charge for certificates of value if you provide the title, the number of your piece, and an image of your artwork. Original one-of-a-kind pieces require a formal appraisal. Please see our Appraisal Services page.
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