Fine Art/Original Renoir Etching
Hello, I recently purchase 2 Renoir Etchings on a cruise ship ($1000each). They are embossed with the Vollard Estate stamp and they are framed. I was told no more prints are being made. I have recently seen the same etchings on one website for $275 and another website for $2000. Why is there such a large variance in price? I think I was ripped off! thanks
Cruise ships are famous for selling art without correct documentation or explanation of what the works are, and sometimes are a complete rip off. This article details some of the issues in a somewhat comical way http://fineartregistry.com/articles/far_art/art-auction-cruises.php
Nonetheless, this does not mean that you certainly got ripped off. $1000 is an understandable price for a Renoir etching RESTRIKE. Restrikes are usually made after the artist has died. Here are some examples http://www.georgetownframeshoppe.com/pierre_auguste_renoir3.html
An original Renoir etching usually runs about $5,000 and up http://www.masterworksfineart.com/inventory/renoir
As for why there is such a fluctuation in the pricing that you are seeing, it is because people commit fraud and sell fake works of art, or simply don't know what they are selling. You should always deal with a professional in the field, such as a fine art dealer with expertise in the artists you are interested in. Feel free to send me images of the works.