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I am trying to help a friend with her mother's estate.  Her mother left her a note that this painting may be valuable.  If so, she'll probably want to sell it.  Where do I go from here?  Can you give me a range of value of this artist's work? Who does she take it to for sale purposes?

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Dear Catherine,

It is an exquisite painting. His work has mainly been sold at auction in Europe. I have not found a market for his work here in the U.S. I cannot give you a value of your friends specific painting; but his paintings have sold at auction in the $2000 range for work the size of this painting. This does not give a value that could be realized if the right buyer is found. I located a gallery in South Africa that carries his work. You may want to contact them to find out the estimated value and options for selling.

http://micheldegallard.everard-read-capetown.co.za/?m=1

If your friend wants to sell in the U.S.; she can contact one of the major auction houses for an estimate on a future auction. These would be Christies, Sothebys, Swann, Butterfields, etc.

I hope this information is helpful.

Kind regards,
Dolly

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Dolly D Headley

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I can assist with identification, acquisition, sell representation, and care of fine art prints and original paintings. Some of my artist specialties include Henri Toulouse Lautrec, California Artists, and the Modern Masters. I can also assist with information on getting professional appraisals and authentication.

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Dolly D. Headley, owner of Headley Fine Art, LLC, has provided consultative art services to retail gallery clients in Sausalito, CA, and at www.headleyfineart.com since 1998. With over 14 years experience as a Senior Art Consultant, Gallery Director, and an extensive art research library; Ms. Headley has provided hundreds of people with her high quality personalized consultation services and solid guarantee of satisfaction. Dolly is a volunteer at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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Member of the Association of Online Appraisers.

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The Fine Art Collectors News

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Bachelor of Science; Self taught with thousands of hours research and retail gallery consulting. Personalized mentorship from various experts in the industry.

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