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How to Sell Old Artwork: A Step-by-Step Guide

How to Sell Old Artwork: A Step-by-Step Guide

Art has been a way for humans to express themselves and share their stories for centuries. As such, countless pieces of art have been created throughout history, ranging from classic paintings to modern sculptures. If you have old artwork that you no longer want, you may be wondering how to sell it. 

There are several steps you can take to ensure that you get the best price for your artwork and that the selling process goes smoothly.

Step 1: Clean up your artwork 

The first step in selling your old artwork is to clean it up as much as possible. If it's a painting or drawing, gently wipe off any dust or debris with a soft cloth or brush. If there are any smudges or stains, you may want to consider taking it to a professional conservator for cleaning.

If the artwork is framed, check the condition of the frame. If it's chipped or damaged, you may want to consider replacing it. A well-presented piece of artwork is more likely to attract buyers and command a higher price.

Step 2: Research the current market 

Before setting a price for your artwork, it's important to research the current market for selling art. When researching, look for similar pieces of artwork and see what they are selling for. You may also want to consider the artist's reputation and the artwork's provenance. Once you have a good idea of what similar pieces are selling for, you can set a fair price for your own artwork.

Step 3: Find a buyer 

Now that you know a fair price for your artwork, you can find a buyer. Just like you researched the market for selling art, you need to do your homework when it comes to finding the right buyer. Take into consideration the buyer’s reputation and knowledge when it comes to purchasing artwork. 

At National Rarities, our skilled estate specialists have years of experience in a wide variety of backgrounds, including artwork. Plus, we have always been invested in serving our customers with integrity. We’ll offer an honest and fair price for your art.

Step 4: Tell us about your piece

Now that you’ve decided on a buyer, you should share any information about how you acquired the artwork. Be sure to tell us where and when the piece was purchased. This will help us understand the history and significance of the work.

If you have any provenance information, such as documentation of previous owners or exhibitions, be sure to include that as well. This can add to the value of the artwork.

Step 5: Prepare documents 

When selling artwork, it's essential to have all the necessary paperwork ready. This includes receipts, bills of sale, and any other documentation related to the purchase or sale of the artwork.

If the artwork is of significant value, you may also want to consider obtaining a certificate of authenticity from a reputable art appraiser.

Step 6: Ship your artwork safely

Carefully packaging your artwork is essential for its protection during shipping and transit. This includes using appropriate materials such as bubble wrap, packing peanuts and sturdy boxes. 

It's important to label the package as "fragile" to alert the shipping carrier to handle it with care. Additionally, arranging for tracking services can provide peace of mind for both the seller and buyer, ensuring that the artwork arrives at its destination on time and in good condition. Taking these steps to ship your artwork safely can help avoid any damages or disputes during the shipping process.

Bring your old artwork to National Rarities

With these steps, you can ensure that the process of selling your old artwork is smooth and fruitful. If you have any questions or concerns about selling your pieces, don't hesitate to reach out to National Rarities. Our experienced team is always here to answer any questions you may have and to provide expert advice on selling your artwork.