What is my Collectible Worth? What is the opinion of an expert worth?

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What is your collectible worth? OK, time for a teaching moment regarding several lessons. On this project and with this client, I consulted with her (a valuable service) on what her purposes or objectives were with the artwork (she wants to sell it)… but there was a ripple in the paper. Her opinion is that it should bring about $50,000 at auction but she can’t see getting the best price with the warp in the paper. I told her that I would have to take it out of its plexiglass frame in order to determine what the problem is. That seemed OK as she was also open to putting a new frame on it since this old plexiglass box frame was coming apart at the seams. I picked up the artwork at her house (valuable service).

When I took the artwork out of the frame at our lab, I found out that ripples in the paper would occur because the artwork was not mounted down to a solid support or a backing board. In other words, it was in virgin condition as the artist provided it to the art gallery. The artist and the art gallery had also decided on the framing which was designed, specific, and was kind of cool. Just the same, I got an estimate to have a new plexiglass box frame made, and I could not find anyone who would do it exactly like the old frame, nor with the more robust materials of the old frame. I also found out that a new cheaper quality frame, which was not as stylish, would cost quite a bit of money.

So, over the phone, I consulted again with the client about the value of letting me repair the original frame, and to not mount the artwork to remove ripples, because with the artwork in original vintage, virgin condition, and the original vintage frame, as chosen by the artist and the gallery, that this combination would make it highly desirable at auction, and might even result in a premium or higher price because of its completely original nature. so I fixed the plexiglass box frame and reinstalled the artwork, unmounted with ripples back into the frame. Then we hand delivered it back to the residence of the owner, here was her response…

I reminded her over the phone that we had gone over these details as they came up, and that every step along the way we had made decisions that would be to her advantage with the resale of the artwork. While I am not an appraiser, I told her, mounting the artwork to a board to remove the ripples and not using the original frame could have impacted the sale at auction by at least 50% less.… which was only a guess.

Her response? “I am not going to believe that ripples or distortions occur in paper just because the weather changes! What do you think I am, stupid?” And then she hung up on me.

Well, there’s no answer to that last question that’s going to calm her down or change her mind so…

But if her estimate of $50,000 is truly the amount that this artwork could bring at auction, then I may have saved her $15-$20,000 reduction in the sales price.  There are lots of reasons why something sells for more or less at an auction, but very often the condition of the artwork is a factor that can cause the auction sales to be exciting… or to fall flat.

I think I’ll end this lesson right here… otherwise…

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About Scott M. Haskins

Scott Haskins has been in professional art conservation since 1975, specializing in the conservation/restoration of easel paintings, murals and art on paper. FACL, Inc. is known nationally for doing A+ work no matter the size or difficulty of the project. We are happy to do a quick cleaning on a family heirloom. Our client list and resume is also full of very satisfied clients of large, difficult/complicated projects at remote locations. Excellent services are also available as an Expert Witness/Legal Testimony in art related matters. Consultation on art related projects occur regularly including extensive insurance evaluations for insured or insurer. Services are offered worldwide. Scott M. Haskins is also author of the "Save Your Stuff" series, educational information, materials and supplies to help people protect and save their treasured family heirlooms and collectibles at home and office. He can be reached at 805 564 3438. Video and written testimonials at https://www.fineartconservationlab.com/testimonials/
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12 Responses to What is my Collectible Worth? What is the opinion of an expert worth?

  1. Barry Tesfay says:

    Scott, your post on art restoration provides valuable insights into the intricacies of balancing authenticity and market value. The client’s skepticism about paper distortions is obviously all about her level of education. The syndication of your article says volumes about your authoritative standing. Educating readers about the impact of restoration choices on auction sales demonstrates transparency and expertise is SO VALUABLE. Thanks so much.

  2. Jake Kenson says:

    Wow, your expertise in art restoration is evident in your thoughtful approach to preserving both the original vintage condition and potential resale value. The client’s skepticism about paper distortions is all about the importance of communication in your field. Your choosing between restoration options (chrging her for work) and educating clients about potential auction impacts (which meant less $ for you) showcases your professionalism, well done. An informative and well-presented post on the nuances of expanded expertise in professional art restoration.

    • Thanks for your comment Jake. In the end, I have to be able to live with myself… And I’d rather not have a lot of long-term baggage. The reason I’ve posted about it is because I believe there’s something for us all to learn and think about from this example.

  3. Vitali Vlad says:

    Scott, the vintage condition and market value issues of your article are very interesting, as a collector. I can see why your articles get syndicated. Your decision to educate readers about the impact of restoration choices on auction sales demonstrates a commitment to transparency. Well done.

  4. Gunther Keller says:

    Wow, original condition and resale value.Intersting discussion for a collector. I never thought it was such an issue to be aware of. Clear communication, though well intended won’t help a person who is not listening, obviously. But your point is well-articulated and its an informative post. Thanks

    • Hi Gunther, thanks for your comment. Communication is all about people skills and seeking to understand the other person. But as alert as one might be about the needs of the other person, there’s a lot of hidden “issues” that can get in the way… And we have to give people “space” to be stupid.

  5. Archie Michaels says:

    Your client’s lack of understanding about the distortions in the paper seem weird. Isn’t that something everybody knows along with the fact that wood cracks and arms with humid changes?! It was a good example of people not following good advice to their detriment.

  6. Alexa Wilkins says:

    Your expertise in your field is pretty evident in this story. But, more importantly, your delicate balance between preserving the artwork’s original vintage condition and considering resale value for the client’s possession is a testament to your professionalism. The client’s skepticism about paper distortions in changing weather doesn’t seem like that would be a belief or something a collector would say… but then again, who can predict what people are going to say?

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