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Sun Aug 11 2013 16:54:34

Five Helpful Resources for Art Sellers

By: Julia Wilkinson

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Now that Amazon is offering a Fine Art category, there will be more places to buy and sell art online. If you currently sell art, or are thinking of getting started in it, here is a list of five great web sites and other tools to learn more about this fascinating and esoteric field.

- 1 Bills itself as "the world leader in art market information," and has a database of  27 million auction prices and indices, auction results and more than 520,000 artists. You can get a one-day trial of only $20.00 to "kick the tires" and see if this database is right for you; otherwise subscriptions start at $119.00 annually for the "smartphone plan."

If you want to "pay as you go" (my favorite way) to get artist bio and artwork price information, you can look into...

- 2 "The Artists' Bluebook" offers you a 24-hour access option of $13.50. This can be a great way to gather price and artist bio info quickly when researching art at, say, an estate sale. A monthly renewal plan is $24.95/mo., or you can get One Month Access for $29.50. Their database includes over 250,000 artists.

- 3  Davenport's Art Reference & Price Guide. This ginormous hardback is chock-full of world-renowned artists' basic biographical information and usually at least a few sales prices recent to the edition of the book. Can't afford the latest version, which weighs in at a hefty $195.00 new on Amazon? Consider buying an edition that's a few years old; it will likely have the lion's share of the information you need, unless you work mainly with only very recent art. At this writing, a 2003/4 edition was going for about $49 used on Amazon.

- 4  World Artist Directory. On their site, it says the name will be changing to "Artists2artists." Calls itself "The Net's Source for Accomplished Artists Worldwide." This site seems more geared toward artists helping other artists, but it can be interesting for art dealers as well.

- 5 A loupe and a flashlight. Yep, no network connection needed...and if you're in a dark basement, groping through a hoarder's belongings and trying to determine if that framed piece has brush strokes or computerized "dots of death," these tools can be invaluable. (No flashlight? The iPhone has a flashlight app...check it out!).

After all, why should Larry Gagosian have all the fun?

What resources would you add to this list? Do you buy or sell art, and will you be drawn to Amazon's new art department? Post a comment here!

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Mon Aug 12 13:32:40 2013

Thank you Julia.
Very helpful. Will be looking into those apps. Who knows how many times I passed up a masterpiece for $10.00   :-).

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