Answered By: Erica Nicol
Last Updated: Nov 19, 2015     Views: 216

Thank you for your question.  It can be difficult to establish fixed worth for paintings.  WSU Libraries staff members may not offer monetary estimates of value. You might consider consulting price guides for current auctions sales. Your local public library may have a selection of these, such as Art Sales Index, Davenport's Art Reference and Price Guide, ADEC: International Art Prices, etc. 

You might want to contact a reputable print dealer in your area or a local auction house.  Recommended dealers are registered with the IFPDA:

In addition, you might consider hiring the services of a certified appraiser in your geographic region to evaluate the work for you.  Such a professional would, for a fee, research your painting and provide you with a written estimate of its worth.  To find a certified appraiser in your geographic region with an expertise in the type of artwork you own.  The following organizations could assist you with finding such a professional in your geographic region:

American Society of Appraisers
11107 Sunset Hills Road, Suite 310
Reston, VA 20190
(703) 478-2228 or 1-800-ASA-VALU

Appraisers Association of America
386 Park Avenue South, Suite 2000
New York NY 10016
(212) 889-5404

International Society of Appraisers
303 West Madison Street, Suite 2650
Chicago, IL 60606
(312) 981-6778

And lastly, you could seek guidance from local museums or auction houses in your region.  I hope this information is helpful.

With thanks to "Answers @ Georgetown Library"


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