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Value/Sell Original Paintings?

Discussion in 'off topic' started by Gerard124, Oct 12, 2019.

  1. Gerard124

    Gerard124 pfm Member

    I have a set of 3 original paintings by local artist Chris Sims (deceased) who used to give my son art lessons.

    They are framed acrylics of Manchester City footballers Colin Bell, Mike Summerbee (includes Autograph) & Francis Lee. If I recall correctly the paintings were featured in an event at the new Manchester City ground and I'm pretty sure I have an article stashed away from Lancashire Life magazine about them.

    I have no idea of best way to value/sell them?
  2. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    Probably find an auction house somewhere near Manchester
  3. philiphifi

    philiphifi pfm Member

    Lots road in Chelsea
  4. Rug Doc

    Rug Doc pfm Member

    As they are so specific to Manchester City, you should do as Woodface suggests and take them locally.

    All auction auction houses now use a web based solution called the saleroom.com so the audience is worldwide.
  5. BTC3

    BTC3 pfm Member

    I’d also have a look online to see if there are records of any other works by the same artist being sold to get an idea of value before approaching an auctioneer.
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  6. Gerard124

    Gerard124 pfm Member

  7. canonman

    canonman pfm Member

  8. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    I would keep you expectations low, very narrow market.
  9. gintonic

    gintonic 50 shades of grey pussy cats

    car boot £1.59 each
  10. Sue Pertwee-Tyr

    Sue Pertwee-Tyr pfm Member

    City supporters, better make that 99p ;)
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  11. ks.234

    ks.234 pfm Member

    eBay. if they're worth anything, someone will take an interest
  12. david ellwood

    david ellwood Kirabosi Kognoscente

    He's very good at painting bricks
  13. BTC3

    BTC3 pfm Member

    @Gerard124 this website has some auction estimates largely in the £80-120 range, which I seem to remember is code for something like “we haven’t a clue if they’re going to sell”.

    If you have the space for, and like, them, I’d keep them, otherwise, eBay and/or an art dealer/auctioneer near you.
  14. Rockmeister

    Rockmeister pfm Member

    It depends on how famous he is and how local that 'fame'. I buy and sell Art a fair bit at auction.
    Step 1. Google his name. If you get hits, you can find sold work and price it.
    2. IF it's very well known, then contact a 'good' auction house and just take them for a valuation meeting with your research. A big house produces a pre auction on line catalogue and has an active on line live sale at auction time.
    3. If he isn't famous, I'd take them on a Saturday to City's ground, prop them on a railing and ticket them the price you want. A VERY good photorealistic painting about A1 in size might go for £150 +? A2, maybe £70-£100??
    All that will happen in a local auction is them going for 30-70 each (ish) unless you strike lucky and there are 2 City fans with a bulging wallet wanting to bid.

    If BTC's link is him, they look fine, so opt 4, why not phone city themselves and mention the press event. Do they want them?
  15. lordsummit

    lordsummit Moderator

    I think I remember those, I won’t be the only City fan who does as well. Were they in the original City Social as well?
    Maybe try the Blue Moon Forum?
  16. Woodface

    Woodface pfm Member

    My lay gran bought some original paintings by a local Scarborough artist for about £180 each in the late 70s early 80s. Quite a bit of money back then, when we wound up her estate they were worth less than she paid.

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