The internet and in particular, online shopping, has opened up a whole new way of viewing the art world. With many reputable art auction houses now joining the ranks of exclusive online art auctions, and private collectors taking to the web for its convenience, selling art has never been easier. If you find yourself in the position of having a few artworks by renowned artists, like Gregoire Boonzaire, JH Pierneef, or other South African old Masters, you are in a very fortunate position indeed. Auction houses are more keen to take on works from artists of this ilk, and finding a new home for your collection just got a whole lot easier.
The nitty gritty
Taking out a free ad in some local paper just won’t cut it when you’re looking for a worthy buyer for your artworks. This method might be quick and easy, but it can be filled with headaches when it comes down to validating a buyer. No, it would be best to side-step the chancers and fraudsters and go right to the gold—established, and reputable auction houses—because this isn’t just about getting cash for art.
You can do a simple online search to find auction houses that specialize in works similar to what you’re looking to sell. You can approach all of them, or just one to begin with, and find out if they’d be interested. Many auction houses are willing to give you an estimate on your art if you ask. In this way, you will know beforehand what you’re likely to walk away with after the pieces have been sold.
Usually an auction house will request authentication of the pieces, after which the process becomes rather convenient for the seller. When an auction house takes on a collection, they will often provide services of appraisal or valuation, they will manage the entire auction process, and close the sale transaction for you. What could be a simpler way of selling art online?
Feb 1, 2017