How Do You Find the Price of Paintings Using an Art Price Guide?


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To find the price of paintings using an art price guide, look up an artist or piece in the guide. Price information varies depending on the guide, but art price guides typically include price estimates, previous sale information or current sale information. Art price guides are available in book, CD and online formats as of 2016.

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One art price guide, the Gordon's Print Price Annual, is available as both a book and an online database. Customers can purchase the book or a subscription to access the database. The guide is available on GordonsArt.com.

An online art price guide is available on ArtValue.com. To use the guide, visit the site's homepage and perform a search for a piece. Click on the piece on the search results. The site includes a price estimate and recent sales information, along with other details about the piece.

The accuracy of art price guides vary, as different guides may contain different information. For those who aren't experienced with evaluating art prices, it's usually a good idea to consult a professional art appraiser before making any buying or selling decisions regarding artwork. Mistakes or misinterpretations are common among those inexperienced with art price guides, and a professional appraisal can save buyers and sellers alike a significant amount of money.

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