Here are five things to consider before you sell your fine art.
1. Do your homework with regard to your heirloom–research family provenance, retrieve any paperwork, and record everything you can find out about your work. Good photographic records are imperative.
2. Determine a fair price for your item through consultation with knowledgeable parties, or get a current appraisal from a firm different than the one you are considering selling to so there is no conflict of interest.
4. Decide your time frame. Do you need an immediate sale or can you wait
5. Remember additional costs– photography, professional restoration and/or cleaning, shipping, and insurance that will reduce your net sales figure unless you are making a direct sale to an art dealer.