I am in the process of researching the best way to discover and authenticate a possible Jackson Pollock painting. The painting has excellent provenance to 1960 but then the trail goes cold. As you probably know the "experts" no longer authenticate such pieces because of law suites against them after the results do not meet the expectations of the owner of the piece. Have you got any ideas as to how one might get some sort of examination which will result in a definitive answer whether it is positive or negative?
The painting is 9" x 27" and appears to be oil on paper.
Answer Dear Mike,
You did not mention if the painting was signed, (usually on the back). Either way I would market the painting with your existing provenance to the major auction houses. If they believe it can be authenticated they will take the lead. They have access to records that you or I do not. Eventually you will need their "buy in" to sell at authenticated Pollock prices. Christie's and Sotheby's have sold the majority of his paintings. They will have experts in Pollock who can review your painting and history. If you run in to a roadblock do research on the latest methods in painting identification. It is very expensive. Hopefully some day all major artist's paint "dna" and their fingerprints will be available for research without paying the high prices currently asked.
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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