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    October 4th, 2011 · 9:14 am @   -  159 Comments

    For art collectors there is nothing more infuriating than finding a piece of art that you’ve been looking for, only to find out that it’s a reproduction. Consulting a qualified appraiser is the surest way to determine whether or not your treasure is a reproduction.  However, here are a few quick ways to spot a typical reproduction:

    Identifying a Reproduction

    1.       Determine what material the art is painted (or printed) on. If it is cardboard, fiberboard, poster board or paper (usually gray-colored material that’s thin and stiff but lightweight as well), then the work is probably a reproduction.  Most original paintings are done on canvas, wood or masonite panel.

    2.      Hold the picture up to the light. Sometimes, reproductions will use canvas to replicate authenticity, and it can be difficult to tell the difference. When you hold it up to the light and look through the painting from behind, however, check to see how evenly the paint has been applied. On reproductions printed onto the canvas, the “paint” seems to be applied evenly, and there is no overlapping. True paintings, however, will have a base coat laid down with colors painted over it. If there is overlap, then the painting could very well could be an original.

    3.      Look closely at the back of the painting or original print for copyright information and locate any labels that would indicate if the painting is a lithograph, print series or edition.. If you see a copyright symbol and date in small letters, it’s a clear indication that you’re looking at a reproduction.  If the work is an original print or print series, in most cases the artist will have a signature and a number, such as 2/30.

    4.      Use the magnifying glass to examine the differences between the printing pattern on a reproduction versus an original. Reproductions will often be printed with a dot matrix pattern or parallel lines.  You will not see the dot matrix pattern on an original painting, of course–it was created with brushstrokes.

    5.      Check the brushstrokes and texture. Manufacturers sometimes add a clear coat to the top of the printing as well as mechanical brushstrokes, which often don’t match the painting. Real brushstrokes follow the flow of the piece.  A brushstroke will leave a thickness of paint on the canvas for oil and acrylic works, while a watercolor painting will leave an impression on the paper. Use a magnifying glass to see any evidence of texture. Texture will reveal that the painting is an original work.

    Determining the Worth of Prints and Reproductions

    Some pictures are reproductions, which mean that they are photographic copies of paintings, often of famous paintings from museums. These are sometimes called ‘art prints’ or ‘posters’. Some are of high quality and are almost identical to the original. The majority of reproductions of famous paintings have little value. This is partly because so many copies of this picture have been printed over the last 180 years. Some reproductions of paintings do have commercial value, particularly if they were published as limited editions. Supply and demand may mean that they increase in value.

    Some pictures are artists’ prints (sometimes called original prints), rather than reproductions. This means that the picture is not a copy of a painting. Artists’ prints are not one-off pictures, but a limited number of copies exists. Methods of making artists’ prints includes engraving, woodcut and etching. Artists’ prints are not necessarily worth more than photographic reproductions. Signed limited edition reproductions of paintings by famous artists can fetch considerable sums, while amateur artists’ prints may have no commercial value.

    Limited edition prints are produced in limited numbers; this scarcity of supply can make them sought after by buyers. Some prints are produced in editions of less than 50, while some are from editions of 200 or even more. The number in the edition is often written by hand in pencil underneath the picture, or it may be printed at the bottom of the picture and be hidden by the frame. Limited editions are usually signed by the artist, which can help increase their value, particularly if the artist is famous. Some prints which are not limited editions are valuable, while some limited editions are out of fashion and are not sought after by collectors. Old cinema posters, for example, were not published as limited editions but can be highly valuable (if they are advertising famous films, are visually appealing and are in good condition).

     

    The value of a reproduction can also depend on the type of reproduction or print, for example:

    The value or price of a lithograph depends on the quality of the artwork, the quality of the paper and how successfully the print was made. The reputation of the artist who produced the print has a bearing on the price and so does the reason the print was made. Many lithographs were produced in order to inform the general public of how things looked before the camera was invented, and many of these series of illustrations are now quite valuable.

    Serigraphs can be even more valuable due to the extensive process of creating this type of print. It can take a serigrapher up to 6 months to produce 1 run of as many as 500 serigraphs of the same image. The paints, sometimes over 100 colors, are applied in single applications. One paint color must then dry for at least 24 to 48 hours before the next color paint can be applied. Serigraphs are also produced in much smaller numbers than lithographs, and they are as costly to produce, and as close to the actual original painting as you can possibly get.  Andy Warhol was famous for his serigraphs.

    Giclee printing is a fairly new process believed to have been first used in the late 1980s or early 1990s on IRIS inkjet printers.  Not as laborious as printing serigraphs, prices for giclee prints averaged from $50 to $1,000 in 2010, depending on quality, size, paper used, framing and other factors.

     

    To determine the value or price of a print or reproduction it is advised to seek out a qualified, fine art appraiser.  At MIR Appraisal Services our qualified appraisers and researchers provide accurate valuations based on comprehensive research and examination.

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    1. Megan
      April 21, 2016

      So if a painting says copyright 1909 with artists name it automatically means its a reproduction?

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      • MIR Appraisal
        April 22, 2016

        Dear Megan,

        Thank you for your inquiry. To be honest, it depends on the artwork. Most reproductions are marked with a copyright, but some artists will also inscribe a copyright on their original artworks.

        If you would like, we would be happy to help you with your artwork. We have a number of service options that may be useful to you, depending on your artwork and your goals for an appraisal. I encourage you to call our office at 312.814.8510 or email us at info@mirappraisal.com to discuss the item and your needs in greater detail.

        Kind Regards,
        Grace

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    2. Cynthia mcguigan
      March 26, 2016

      I have a certificate of authenticity retained by Sarah Rowe the title of the Garden area of the Hotel Coronado the lithograph number is 184 of 500 she has signed it in her name and on the bottom in pencil the number of the painting I am trying to find out if this is worth any value. And she signed the painting

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      • MIR Appraisal
        March 28, 2016

        Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to help you with your lithograph. In order to properly assess the value of a piece of artwork, we always have to begin by examining it. I encourage you to call us at 312.814.8510 or email at info@mirappraisal.com, so that we can talk about our research process and services in more detail.

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      • Patti
        April 4, 2016

        I have a signed picture of D. Armstrong with number “67” . How can I find out what the value worth.

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        • MIR Appraisal
          April 5, 2016

          Dear Ms McGuigan,

          Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to help you with your print. In order to properly assess the piece, we always have to begin by examining it. I encourage you to call us at 312.814.8510 or email at info@mirappraisal.com, so that we can talk about our research process and services in more detail.

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    3. Cynthia mcguigan
      March 26, 2016

      I have a certificate of authenticity retained by Sarah Rhodes the title of the Garden area of the Hotel Coronado the lithograph number is 184 of 500 she has signed it in her name and on the bottom in pencil the number of the painting I am trying to find out if this is worth any value

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      • MIR Appraisal
        April 19, 2016

        Dear Ms. McGuigan,

        Thank you for your comment. We can certainly help you with your lithograph. I would advise contacting our office directly by phone at 312.814.8510, or by email at info@mirappraisal.com. Members of our research staff will be able to review our services in detail according to your needs and let you know what the next steps are to learn more about your print. Please feel free to reach out with any additional questions as well.

        Kind regards,
        Kate

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    4. Nancy Strand
      March 21, 2016

      I have found what appears to be an original T. R. Way lithograph on the back of a framed sketch my grandfather drew in the 1950’s. It is signed T. R. Way ’98 and has other numbers down at the bottom right that are a little hard to read, in pencil: “27” then “55/63” then an underlined “3”, then “10 1/2 x 13 1/2 S”. Some things I can’t read, then “3/8 Wal” and then four more characters that are hard to decipher as they are partial covered by some kind of very old masking tape? I’ve looked thru T. R. Way lithograph images on the web and this is definitely the same guy, but none of the images I’ve seen show this particular house with a horse drawn carriage in front. The condition is poor, has mold/mildew-like spots on it and I haven’t wanted to touch it to see if it cleans up at all. Can you tell me if this is worth pursuing?

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      • MIR Appraisal
        March 21, 2016

        Dear Ms Strand,

        Thank you for your inquiry. We would definitely be able to help you with your lithograph. However determining value requires looking at a number of factors that are unique to each piece of artwork and its context, even within a single artist’s body of work. If you are interested in speaking with us at greater length about our research services, I encourage you to give us a call at 312.814.8510 or email directly at info@mirappraisal.com.

        Kind regards,
        Grace

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    5. Jessica
      March 5, 2016

      I have what I believe to be a van gogh print of painting at the beach I was wondering of u could tell me how much it’s worth

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      • MIR Appraisal
        April 19, 2016

        Dear Jessoca,

        Thank you for your comment. We can certainly help you with your Van Gogh print. I would advise contacting our office directly by phone at 312.814.8510, or by email at info@mirappraisal.com. Members of our research staff will be able to review our services in detail according to your needs and let you know what the next steps are to learn more about your print. Please feel free to reach out with any additional questions as well.

        Kind regards,
        Kate

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    6. Amanda
      March 2, 2016

      Hi. I have a painting that I took to an antique dealer. He looked at it and said its a 1935 lithograph and its an indian woman. It was painted by a german fellow. The frame has real 14 carat gold on the frame and it has a double front and back frame and its in excellent condition. The antique dealer offered me $5,000.00 without any back ground research. I’m curious to what its worth may be.

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      • MIR Appraisal
        March 3, 2016

        Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to help you with your painting. In order to properly assess the value of a piece of artwork, we always have to begin by examining it. I encourage you to call us at 312.814.8510 or email at info@mirappraisal.com, so that we can talk about our research process and services in more detail.

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    7. Connie Reece
      March 2, 2016

      I have a drawing of a man that looks like Jesus and the name Bosch for the signature i have searched online and cannot find anything about it!

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      • MIR Appraisal
        March 2, 2016

        Dear Ms Reece,

        Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to help you with your artwork. In order to properly assess the drawing, we always have to begin by examining it. I encourage you to call us at 312.814.8510 or email at info@mirappraisal.com, so that we can talk about our research process and services in more detail.

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    8. Rodney
      February 29, 2016

      Is there any interest out there for Mark Coomer Serigraphs? I have his “Napoleon House” in the decorative wrought iron frame. Than you,

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      • MIR Appraisal
        March 1, 2016

        Thank you for your comment. We would be happy to help you with your serigraph. In order to properly assess the value of a piece of artwork, we always have to begin by examining it. I encourage you to call us at 312.814.8510 or email at info@mirappraisal.com, so that we can talk about our research process and services in more detail.

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    9. Roland Taylor
      January 31, 2016

      I have a work that has been in my family since , at least 1929. It is of a horse , with a background of trees and grass. The artist is F. Whitney. When it was gifted to me it still has a very thin wooden back. Unfortunately, most the people I have had look at it aren’t certain if it is a lithograph or an original piece. Any help would be very much appreciated.

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      • MIR Appraisal
        February 1, 2016

        Dear Mr. Taylor,

        Thank you for your comment. We would love to help you with your artwork, and upon inspection, should be able to help you determine what the medium is. Depending on your goals for the artwork, we have a number of service options that may be useful for you. To discuss in greater detail, I encourage you to call our office at 312.814.8510 or email us directly at info@mirappraisal.com.

        Kind Regards,
        Grace

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    10. Gregory Green
      January 28, 2016

      I have a signed Leroy Neiman serigraph “april at augusta” it is framed, 28 1/2 by 38 1/2. I have a certificate of authenticity. I have looked for a number but cannot find one. I believe there were about 500 of these. Do you have an idea of its value? Also, is this in demand if I were interested in selling? Thank you.

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      • MIR Appraisal
        January 28, 2016

        Dear Mr. Green,

        Thank you for your comment. We would definitely be able to help you with your print. However determining value conducting research to determine the market for that particular print or edition. Even withing a known artist’s body of work, there can be a wide range of values depending on many different factors. If you are interested in speaking with us at greater length about our research services, I encourage you to give us a call at 312.814.8510 or email directly at info@mirappraisal.com. Regarding sale, we typically do not buy or sell anything we appraise, but we can certainly advise you on your options as a seller, and offer recommendations on how to go through the sale process.

        Kind Regards,
        Grace

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    11. SITTEE RIVER
      January 26, 2016

      I HAVE A DAMAGED 1964 THREE PERSIMMONS SIGENED BY JOHN JOHNNSEN HOW CAN I FIND HOW MUCH ITS WORTH

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      • MIR Appraisal
        January 26, 2016

        Dear Sittee,

        Thank you for your comment. We would definitely be able to help you with your print. However determining value requires looking at a number of factors that are unique to each piece of artwork and its context, even within a single artist’s body of work. If you are interested in speaking with us at greater length about our research services, I encourage you to give us a call at 312.814.8510 or email directly at info@mirappraisal.com.

        Kind regards,
        Grace

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    12. donna
      January 16, 2016

      I have a signed and numbered print of Dalhart Windberg. It has his signature and c with a circle around it. The number is 71. I think it’s probably a reproduction because of the c with circle. I have hunted the internet for the title of this print. It is a beach scape. I have seen a couple similar,but not this particular one. I did find one that I think is the same and the women who had did not know the name. She said she has had it for about 30yrs. Any ideas on finding the name? It is similar to the Beach Treasure print.

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      • donna
        January 16, 2016

        One more thing there is no copyright date on the back.

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      • MIR Appraisal
        January 18, 2016

        Dear Donna,

        Thank you for your question! Finding information for an artwork can be quite difficult at times. We can certainly help find the title and provide additional information about the print for you. I would like to encourage you to give your office a call at 312.814.8510 or contact us via email at info@mirappraisal.com to discuss your needs a little further. Thank you again for your comment and we look forward to hearing from you!

        Best,
        Nichole Wallace
        Research Assistant

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    13. Wanda Loving
      January 12, 2016

      Hello. I have a Suzanne Eisendiek print, but I have not been able to find the original anywhere online. I’m trying to find out if there is any value in this print. Can you please help me?

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      • MIR Appraisal
        January 12, 2016

        Dear Ms. Loving,

        Thank you for your comment. We would definitely be able to help you with your print. However determining value requires looking at a number of factors that are unique to each piece of artwork and its context, even within a single artist’s body of work. If you are interested in speaking with us at greater length about our research services, I encourage you to give us a call at 312.814.8510 or email directly at info@mirappraisal.com.

        Kind Regards,
        Grace

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    14. Jim
      January 4, 2016

      Hi

      I have a print?serigraph? Of Three Musicians by Picasso.
      The only thin different is his signature is on the lower right corner crack of wall or where the wall meets in the picture. I looked at loads of prints etc online and can’t find one with signature there? Help

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      • MIR Appraisal
        January 5, 2016

        Dear Jim,

        Thank you for your comment. Work by Picasso is always tricky to research without the help of an expert because he was so prolific and so many reproductions exist that aren’t “authentic.” Additionally, a great many exist that are. It’s not unusual to find inconsistency on the market if you’re not sure what kind of print you should be looking for. We would be happy to help you with your print of the three musicians. However, due to the nature of researching Picasso works, I would advise you to call or email us directly at 312.814.8510 or info@mirappraisal.com in order to discuss your piece in greater depth, as well as our services and research process.

        Kind Regards,
        Grace

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    15. Evan Stewart
      December 31, 2015

      I have a print that is titled “Onteniente” and is number 169/500 by an American artist named Clark Hulings. I am struggling to find a value for the thing, can anyone help?

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      • MIR Appraisal
        December 31, 2015

        Dear Mr. Stewart,

        Thank you for your comment. We would be happy to help you with your print. In order to properly assess the value of a piece of artwork, we always have to begin by examining it. I encourage you to call us at 312.814.8510 or email at info@mirappraisal.com, so that we can discuss our research process and services in greater depth.

        Kind Regards,
        Grace

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    16. L West
      December 21, 2015

      I have a signed event program or catalogue program booked of Henry Koenrer which also featured me as one of the models in his panel painting. This printing was completed in 1983. Just want to know what the value of this collectable would be in todays market. For more information I can give later, its late and I must get it from storage

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      • MIR Appraisal
        December 22, 2015

        Dear Ms. West,

        Thank you for your comment. Certainly collectibles and memorabilia can have value, but navigating the market for collectibles can be difficult if the variables affecting the value aren’t clear. We would need to examine the item and perform research regarding its background and market factors. I would advise giving us a call at 312.814.8510 or emailing us at info@mirappraisal.com to discuss your item in greater depth.

        Kind Regards,
        Grace

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    17. Christina
      December 11, 2015

      Hello, I have a print called Golden Eagle, pencil signed by the artist Tom Dunnington, with an embossed stamp that reads:Certified Limited Edition, Cotton Hill Wildlife Art, “This is an Unnumbered print, total Numbered 200 edition of 5000”.
      First, the comment seems to contradict itself. Can you explain what that means.
      Also does it have any monetary value.

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      • MIR Appraisal
        December 14, 2015

        Dear Christina,
        Thank you for your comment. The numbering on limited edition prints can be defined by a number of factors such as the publisher’s agreement with the artist, the popularity of the artwork or artist, print medium, and many others. Most limited edition prints are numbered, so while the fact that yours says “Unnumbered” is unusual at first glance, it may simply refer to some other details of the print’s publication. In order to determine the meaning and the value of your artwork, we would need to examine it and conduct thorough research. If you are interested in discussing your artwork in greater detail, I encourage you to call our office at 312.814.8510 or email us at info@mirappraisal.com.
        Kind Regards,
        Grace

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    18. DeAnna Logan
      December 2, 2015

      I have a lipchitz painting of him and his wife it was my grand dads it has the numbers 1035 on the back and i cant see thru it nor dose it have the dot pattern

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      • MIR Appraisal
        December 3, 2015

        Dear Ms. Logan,

        Thank you for your comment. These are good steps for examining your artwork. Oftentimes, we take a close look at the medium of works we know to be prints or reproductions, because even the smallest details can impact the value of a piece of artwork. We also look at the back, because there is frequently information there that can reveal a great deal about the item in question. In your case, if you aren’t sure of the medium or of the value of your Lipchitz, I would recommend seeking out a certified appraiser to help you navigate the process. If you have any questions, we can be reached at 312.814.8510 and can hopefully get you on the right track to investigating this piece.

        Kind Regards,
        Grace

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    19. Kimberly johnson
      November 30, 2015

      I have 2 rice prints one is red one is blue one is 2 figures dancing the other 2 figures playing musical instruments. I got them in an estate cell. Would you have any idea of the worth.

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      • MIR Appraisal
        December 2, 2015

        Dear Ms. Johnson,

        Thank you for your comment. Prints of all kinds can be valued from low to high, depending on the context in which the print was made. We have seen rice paper prints that are lovely, but merely decorative, and similar prints that can be very valuable due to the artist, publisher, age, or a number of other factors. We would need more information to determine the value of your unique prints. I would advise giving us a call at 312.814.8510 to talk in greater detail about your artworks.

        Kind Regards,
        Grace

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    20. Sheryl
      November 27, 2015

      I have a panoramic painting in its original pie crust frame on board, without a signature nor label that I can tell. It does have penciled writing on back of frame but I cannot make out the handwriting and part is missing from age. Also has a red “65” penciled on back. My question is even after reading up on identifying originals/prints I still can’t tell, so how do I actually know? This painting/print was my grandparents who had it hidden away in the garage for decades. Both passed and now I’m left wondering why they felt this was important enough to keep.

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      • MIR Appraisal
        November 30, 2015

        Dear Sheryl,

        Thank you for your comment. It can be difficult to discern between different kinds of prints, and sometimes even to distinguish between prints and paintings. It is not unusual for prints to be made with special techniques or on special paper in order to imitate the effect of a painting. We can certainly help you navigate the process of not only determining the medium, but also the value. I would advise calling our office at 312.814.8510 to discuss more how we go about researching these kinds of items.

        Kind Regards,
        Grace

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    21. Lori Bartow
      November 27, 2015

      I have an old print I have owned it for 25 plus years Laporte de L”I can’t read the rest except this To arles. Vincent It is a vangoul Not sure how to spell it.It is a bridge and with a horse and carriage on it water and people in small boats below grassy area.I am also going to purchase another soon thank you

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    22. Santia Garcia
      November 21, 2015

      Hello, I’m an artist who sells reproductions and I normally sell 11X14. Someone is requesting that I reproduce one of my works in 24X24 and I wanted to know what a fair price would be. I Use great quality fine art paper 300lbs.

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      • MIR Appraisal
        November 25, 2015

        Dear Santia,
        Thank you for this wonderful question. We get a lot of inquiries from artists who are unsure of how to establish pricing for their work. However, it’s often difficult to provide working artists with conclusive answers. The reason for this is because as appraisers, we look at existing, comparable markets in order to determine values. Because there are so many factors that shape each artist’s market and their pricing structure, a valuation that reflects one artist’s body of work may not be true for another, even if they are visually similar. For that reason we often advise working artists to structure their pricing based on their time, materials, and overhead, as well as comparing new works to previous items they have successfully sold. Just like any other product in a free market, you can set your own price based on what you consider appropriate compensation for your time and work.
        Kind Regards,
        Grace

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    23. Regina Boykin
      November 20, 2015

      I came across a Monet on the back of the frame states that the original is hanging in the Smithsonian in Washington and that this is one of few is there any value to this piece?

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      • MIR Appraisal
        November 25, 2015

        Dear Ms. Boykin,
        Thank you for commenting. With highly popular artists like Monet, there can often be many different kinds of reproductions of one original artwork, authorized by a number of different organizations or publishers. The worth of these reproductions depends highly on a large variety of factors that have gone into creating each print, such as the method of producing it, the material it’s printed on, the sale venue, and the publisher. If you are curious about what the value of your print is, and why the frame is labeled with that information, I suggest giving our office a call at 312.814.8510 so that we can discuss the artwork with you in greater detail.
        Kind Regards,
        Grace

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    24. Nateria Wilson
      November 13, 2015

      I have a 6 foot tall painting by Lionel royer is it a such thing and of so how much

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      • MIR Appraisal
        November 13, 2015

        Dear Ms. Wilson,

        Thank you for your comment. Many artists have wide bodies of work that can include large scale work as well as more conventionally proportioned pieces. In order to verify the authenticity of your painting, we would need to examine it and compare it with the artist’s other works. If you have any questions about the research process, I encourage you to call our office at 321.814.8510 so that we can discuss your painting in greater detail.

        Kind Regards,
        Grace

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    25. Debbie Passmore
      November 12, 2015

      I have Emmitt Kelly Sr. lithographs framed and signed by Leighton Jones that are artist proofs and have their COA. Would they be worth anything and how do you find out how much? ? Thank you! Debbie Passmore.

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      • MIR Appraisal
        November 13, 2015

        Dear Debbie,

        Thank you for your comment. We would definitely be able to help you with your prints. However determining value requires looking at a number of factors that are unique to each piece of artwork and its context. If you are interested in speaking with us at greater length about our research services, I encourage you to give us a call at 312.814.8510.

        Kind Regards,
        Grace

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    26. Lisa Aul
      October 28, 2015

      I have a old man and armor,reproduction with a certified mark.with ART REPRODUCTION,INC.,CO..there is no date or signature.. on canvas. I got it 30yrs.ago. not sure what type , or how old it actually is ? Value

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      • MIR Appraisal
        October 29, 2015

        Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to help you with your print. Please contact our office at 312.814.8510 or info@mirappraisal.com so that we can discuss your artwork in greater depth with you and which service may best suit your needs.
        Best,
        Jessica

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    27. Michael
      October 15, 2015

      I came across this site after visiting the Artwork of John Lennon exhibit today in Manhattan (AFA Gallery). I am a little confused about how all of this is working. I know many original photos have been colorized which I saw today and which was a shame and I also know of the “stamp” that is claimed to have been created by Lennon during his lifetime.

      That being said, my real question however, is how are all of these drawings which are SERIGRAPHS, being sold for PRICEY amounts, some well into the thousands! I was confused and in shock, because at the end of the day, isn’t a serigraph a fake? Can someone explain this to me as simply as possible?

      Thank you.

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      • MIR Appraisal
        October 16, 2015

        Hi Michael,

        Thanks for your comment. Oftentimes the art market and determining the value of prints can be pretty confusing. All prints are technically copies of an original; whether the original is a drawing, a painting, another print, a photograph, or a printing plate. However, just because something is a copy, does not mean it is valueless or fake. Most fine art prints take time, technical skill, and artistic vision to create, and are priced thusly. Additionally, some artists only work as printmakers and their work is just as valuable artistically as artists who only make paintings or sculptures. In this instance, Lennon’s artworks are licensed and copyrighted by his estate and from these image rights, they make limited edition prints. As they control the image rights and the distribution rights (what kind of prints are created, how many, etc.), they can price their works at whatever they like. Just like any other artist estate or artist. By purchasing artwork through the estate (with their official stamps), then you are being guaranteed that it is an ‘official’ work and not an unlicensed forgery. I hope this helps explain some of the art market.

        Regards,
        Kate

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    28. Fernando M
      October 5, 2015

      Hello, I have two paintings from PICASSO (Flowers and One of the peace doves), these were sold by SEARS in 1960’s.
      Did SEARS sold originals in those years?

      Thanks!

      Fernando Munchmeyer

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      • MIR Appraisal
        October 5, 2015

        Dear Fernando,
        Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to help you with your paintings. Unfortunately, Sears sold both copies and originals. As such, we would need to see the paintings either digitally or in person to determine if they are copies and, if so, what kind of copy. Please contact our office at 312.814.8510 or info@mirappraisal.com so that we can discuss your artwork in greater depth with you and which service may best suit your needs.
        Kind Regards,
        Kate

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    29. Melissa
      September 19, 2015

      I have a canvas painting sighned Evert Pieters and dated 1916 (framed)
      My husband and I obtained this when his grandparents passed a couple months ago. How can we tell it’s value ( or if it’s an original) Name of art is “The New Baby”

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      • MIR Appraisal
        September 24, 2015

        Dear Melissa,
        Thank you for your inquiry. We would be happy to help you with your painting. Please contact our office at 312.814.8510 or info@mirappraisal.com so that we can discuss your artwork in greater depth with you and which service may best suit your needs.
        Kind Regards,
        Grace

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    30. Judy Schrott
      August 27, 2015

      I have a few lithograph I got from my mother-in-law who I think got from her mother. A couple are pictures of babies (one looks like the baby food johnson baby) That one has GP 5844 LItho USA One is a dog with a bird and puppy has 0351 on it. One as Maud Fanpel ( I think) Picture of baby with bonnet. One is a picture of a ship with no marking that I can see. If you would like pictures let me know

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      • MIR Appraisal
        August 28, 2015

        Dear Ms. Schrott,

        Thank you for your comment. We would be happy to help you with your lithographs. Please contact our office at 312.814.8510 or info@mirappraisal.com to discuss your prints and which service may best suit your needs.

        Kind Regards,
        Kate

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    31. Maureen McConnell
      August 22, 2015

      A print I purchased some 25 years ago for $125.00 had a tag on it saying: “Early Litho – Burgomaster Meyer of Basel, Hans Holbein c. 1497-1543 – after print of original drawing” Curious about it’s value because it is so good, and he is so real, it is one of my favorite purchases. Thank you, Maureen

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      • MIR Appraisal
        August 24, 2015

        Dear Ms. McConnell,

        Thank you for your comment. We would be happy to help you with your print. Please contact our office at 312.814.8510 or info@mirappraisal.com to discuss your print and which service may best suit your needs.

        Kind Regards,
        Kate

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    32. Nedra Frye
      August 18, 2015

      I have what I believe is a print from a famous artist , James Peale, titled “Fruit”. It is I believe in in it’s original frame. If it indeed is
      one of the original prints, do you know the value. It is not a small size. It is approximately 20 x 30. I have it stored and will measure it tomorrow. I was up late tonight going through some old American Art review magazines and read the article from the TIMES magazine about the Peale family.Can you help me ?

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      • MIR Appraisal
        August 18, 2015

        Dear Ms. Frye,

        Thank you for your comment. We would be happy to help you with your Peale print. Please contact our office at 312.814.8510 or info@mirappraisal.com to discuss your print and which service may best suit your needs.

        Kind Regards,
        Kate

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      • CarolAnn Baughman
        September 29, 2015

        Dear Nedra- I’ve also inherited a large print from my mother titled, FRUIT, painted by James Peale. The frame is made with smooth wood aprox 5″ wide. I’m wondering if we have the same art.

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    33. K maxwell
      August 5, 2015

      I have 6 prints signed in pencil at the bottom. 2 are ralph wall. 2 are David halbach. 2 are robert abbett. They are in great shape but the folder they came in is not. Is this something I should trash? All are indian heddress.

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      • MIR Appraisal
        August 6, 2015

        Dear K. Maxwell,

        Thank you for your comment. We would be happy to help you with your six prints. Please contact our office at 312.814.8510 or info@mirappraisal.com to discuss your prints and which service may best suit your needs.

        Kind Regards,
        Kate

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    34. Elaine
      July 28, 2015

      I have a signed and numbered print. It is called “Field Trees” and it is number 75 of 250. I am unable to read the artist’s name. How can I find out if it has any value?

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      • MIR Appraisal
        July 28, 2015

        Dear Elaine,

        Thank you for your comment. We would be happy to help you with your print. Please contact our office at 312.814.8510 or info@mirappraisal.com to discuss your print and which service may best suit your needs.

        Kind Regards,
        Kate

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    35. Teresa Webb
      July 21, 2015

      I have a watercolor entitled Sunset Across Porchester Castle. by Barry Green numbered 2/150. How can I determine it’s worth if any?

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      • MIR Appraisal
        July 22, 2015

        Dear Ms. Webb,

        Thank you for your comment. We would be happy to help you with your Barry Green watercolor. Please contact our office at 312.814.8510 or info@mirappraisal.com to discuss your artwork and our service options.

        Kind Regards,
        Kate

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    36. Andreia
      July 12, 2015

      I have two framed Erte-” Monaco”and “Kiss of Fire” how may I find the value.
      Thank you

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      • MIR Appraisal
        July 13, 2015

        Dear Andreia,

        Thank you for your comment. We would be happy to help you with your two Erte prints. Please contact our office at 312.814.8510 or info@mirappraisal.com to discuss your artwork and our service options.

        Kind Regards,
        Kate

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    37. toni
      June 15, 2015

      We have four Lithographs from Currier & Ives
      almost sure they are originals
      Central Park , Winter – The Skating Pond,
      Clipper Ship – Sovereign of the Sea (1852)
      The Meadow in Springtime (the twin Lambs)
      The Celebrated Horse (Lexington) 5years old
      EAch has the address of the company Currier & Ives
      Published in New York 152 Nassau St.
      What would the value be of these four.
      Thanks

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      • MIR Appraisal
        June 16, 2015

        Hi Toni,

        Thank you for your comment. Please contact our office at 312.814.8510 or info@mirappraisal.com so that we can discuss your artworks and our fee schedule.

        Kind Regards,
        Kate

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    38. Jennifer Batchelder
      June 14, 2015

      I recently acquired a limited edition, signed (in his penciled(?) signature, with title of piece, no. and something else that I cannot read) Amado Pena lithograph. There is a marking in the lower right hand corner also. However, I cannot find this particular one anywhere online. It is no. 11/65 and is titled “Los Tres Venudis”.(?) It is in the original frame that the previous/original owner had made for it. I would love to have an idea of how much it may be worth. Thank you.

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      • MIR Appraisal
        June 15, 2015

        Dear Ms. Batchelder,

        Thank you for your comment. We would be happy to help you with your Amado Pena lithograph. Please contact our office at 312.814.8510 or info@mirappraisal.com to discuss your artwork and our service options.

        Kind Regards,
        Kate

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    39. Cathy Sheridan
      May 28, 2015

      Sir,
      I recently acquired a signed Jack Vettriano of Singing Butler. After removing the paper off the back of the frame, I found a canvas stretched over a wood frame. It was framed by Framed Picture Enterprise, Memphis Tenn.. I don’t know if they go through this much trouble to make copies or if its an original. Is there anything else I can do to determine its authenticity?
      Thank you,
      Cathy Sheridan

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      • MIR Appraisal
        May 29, 2015

        Dear Ms. Sheridan,
        Thank you for your comment. We would be happy to help you with your print. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options with regard to your item. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com
        Kind Regards,
        Sarah

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    40. Katherine Barber
      May 27, 2015

      I have a hand-signed, hand-numbered print by Eileen Goldenberg, with the caption under the picture that says “jugglervane, an original artwork by Tampa artist Eileen Goldenberg”. Goldenberg’s signature and print number seem to be handwritten in an eggplant-color pencil or pen, and the number is 17/500. It is an advertisement for Art For Life, and lists dates, location and info related to the Art For Life event. Is this valuable, and is there a place near Nashville, TN to take this to have it appraised?

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      • MIR Appraisal
        May 27, 2015

        Dear Ms. Barber,

        Thank you for speaking with me regarding your print. I wanted to quickly note our contact information for you to send along the images and measurements of your work. Our email is: info@mirappraisal.com.

        Kind Regards,
        Kate

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    41. Luz Flores
      April 14, 2015

      Do you have an office or affiliate in South Florida that I may take two Ertes (Moonlight and Broadway’s in Fashion, signed), and an Erte Peacock Ring to be appraised?

      Thank you.

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      • MIR Appraisal
        April 15, 2015

        Dear Ms. Flores,
        Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, we do not have an office in South Florida. However, we do offer digital consultations which may prove useful for you. Please contact our office at 312.814.8510 or email us at info@mirappraisal.com to discuss how we can help you.
        Kind Regards,
        Kate

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    42. Shaun carter
      April 4, 2015

      i have 5 black and white prints of scenes from around Boston. They are signed Keenan. Just curious if they could be worth anything?they seem to be old. We have them framed and displayed but I’ve always wondered?

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      • MIR Appraisal
        April 6, 2015

        Dear Mr. Carter,
        Thank you for your comment. We would be happy to help you with your prints. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different appraisal service options with regard to your prints. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Kate

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    43. Clinton ward
      February 25, 2015

      I have a Genti Pini canvas painting of a mother and child, how to I get an appraisal?

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      • MIR Appraisal
        March 3, 2015

        Dear Mr. Ward,
        Thank you for your comment. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different appraisal service options with regard to your painting. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Kate

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    44. Jessica Tuttle
      February 25, 2015

      My Mother-in-law came across 2 Reproduction Prints for Janacek in a storage unit. One is dated 1987 and the other is 1987. They have a certificate of Authenticity with them however we are trying to see how much they would possibly be worth. I have tried looking online to see if anyone else might have the set also however I have not been lucky. Is there anything else I might be able to do?

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      • MIR Appraisal
        March 3, 2015

        Dear Ms. Tuttle,
        Thank you for your comment. You are of course welcome to complete research on your own, but we do offer a cost-effective consultation service that would be helpful in providing you a market value. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different appraisal service options with regard to your mother-in-law’s prints. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Kate

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    45. Suzanne
      February 16, 2015

      Hello,

      Can you please enlighten me. I understand that an artist will number his prints. Example 39/40 and write a date in pencil? Can he put out that same year another set of prints with a different numbers ex: 7/50? Thanking you in advance for your reply.

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      • MIR Appraisal
        February 20, 2015

        Dear Susanne,

        Thank you for your comment. Artists can number their prints however they would like in editions sizes of whatever their choosing. They can also release as many prints with as many editions as they would like for whatever year they make them. For example, an artist can release a print entitled “Boy Reading” as a lithograph in blue and green in 1980 with an edition of 50 and release the same print in purple and green in 1980 with an edition 600. I realise this may be confusing, so I recommend contacting our office with any additional questions. We have an economical verbal consultation that may be very helpful for you. We typically offer it to those that need background information as well as market value for their artworks.

        Thanks,
        Kate

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    46. Bjørn
      February 12, 2015

      Hi i have a picture of vincent von Gogh(woman cleaning) what is it worth?

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      • MIR Appraisal
        February 13, 2015

        Dear Bjørn,
        Thank you for your comment. Unfortunately, we are unable to appraise items without seeing them through images or in person. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options with regard to your item. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Kate

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    47. Mike Arriola
      February 2, 2015

      I have a oil painting dated 1855 by sir Joseph Noel Paton it is a study 10″x8″ the pursuit of pleasure ” The Trumpeter” how do I find out what it’s worth and how to sell thank you

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      • MIR Appraisal
        February 2, 2015

        Dear Mr. Arriola,
        Thank you for your comment. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options with regard to your item. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Sarah

          Reply
    48. Shirley
      January 25, 2015

      I acquired a Giovanni Madonini print? #’d 29/99. Signed and #’d in pencil by artist. Then there is another name in pencil. Maybe dedicated to-not sure. Then dated 1978. The picture is of a boy eating an apple. He has a black dog next to him and a knap-sack next to him. He is “sitting” over what appears to be Italy. There is also the planet Saturn and the moon in the picture. I cannot find this anywhere and I am curious if it is something special. Thank you

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        January 28, 2015

        Dear Shirley,
        Thank you for your comment. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options with regard to your item. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Sarah

          Reply
    49. Joe
      January 19, 2015

      I have an old picture of The Pieta. Michelangelo on lower right. It’s some type of material red background with lite grey image. Looks old. Had it for awhile.

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      • MIR Appraisal
        January 20, 2015

        Dear Joe,
        Thank you very much for your comment. We would love to look at your artwork. Please give us a call at 312.814.8510 or send us an email at info@mirappraisal.com and we would be happy to discuss our different service offerings and fee schedule.
        Regards,
        Sarah

          Reply
    50. chessie
      January 17, 2015

      I have a Johfra 1980 unicorn poster the name is on the right hand of the poster i was wondering if it was worth anything.

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        January 19, 2015

        Dear Chessie,
        Thank you very much for your comment. We would love to look at your Johfra poster. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options relating to your print. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Kate

          Reply
    51. Pam Basu
      December 12, 2014

      I have an Eastman Johnson framed color lithograph on hard board “Negro Life at the South”. Any idea of its value? I have had it for over 30 years.

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        December 15, 2014

        Dear Ms. Basu,
        Thank you very much for your comment. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options relating to your print. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Kate

          Reply
    52. Joe Madrid
      November 23, 2014

      I have a framed chris Forrest i believe a print called Eagles Realm 128/300. ball park its worth

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      • MIR Appraisal
        November 24, 2014

        Dear Mr. Madrid,
        Thank you very much for your comment. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options relating to your print. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Sarah

          Reply
      • charlotte baker
        December 4, 2014

        I have an original painting date 5/73 artist cuban painter lesver de quiros he has his signature date aand the copyright symbol and had original oil on the back can u tell me whats the value

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        • MIR Appraisal
          December 5, 2014

          Dear Ms. Baker,
          Thank you very much for your comment. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options relating to your print. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
          Regards,
          Sarah

            Reply
    53. Joanie CHristian
      November 21, 2014

      I have a large framed and matter Leon Parson’s print, ‘Crest at No Tellum Ridge’, 63/750, and am interested in discovering the value. Can you give me an idea of an approximate value?

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        November 21, 2014

        Dear Ms. Christian,
        Thank you very much for your comment. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options relating to your Parson print. Typically we need to see the item either in person or digitally to provide an opinion. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Kate

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    54. Carrie Henderson
      November 3, 2014

      I have a print/painting signed Vincent in the right lower corner. I am looking for any information you can provide. I also have a wooden panel piece of art signed Kovac. All of the artwork was found in an attic with sheet music dated 189-1942. Please respond with any and all information. Thank you..

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        November 3, 2014

        Dear Ms. Henderson,
        Thank you very much for your comment. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options relating to your artworks. Typically we need to see the item either in person or digitally to provide an opinion. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Kate

          Reply
    55. joseph brown
      October 24, 2014

      My wife just purchased 4 limited edition possible lithographs from wyland/jim warren paintings… 1 keiko’s dream, 2 the littlest mermaid, 3 whale rides, and 4 dolphin rides, all signed by both artists

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        October 28, 2014

        Dear Mr. Brown,
        Thank you for your comment. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options relating to your collection. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Sarah

          Reply
    56. Carolyn Thornton
      October 23, 2014

      I have a limited edition reproduction watercolor painting by Michael Atkinson. The edition number produced is 227/950. How so I find out the value?

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        October 24, 2014

        Dear Ms. Thornton,
        Thank you very much for your comment. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options relating to your Atkinson artwork. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Sarah

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    57. Jeff
      October 6, 2014

      I recently received a museum copy that was given to a relatives friend after he sold the original George Caleb Bingham “Fur Traders Descending the Missouri” to the Metropolitian Museum of Art. Is their value to this reproduction. It was a gift from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1933. There are notes about the transaction on the back of the frame.

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        October 7, 2014

        Dear Jeff,
        Thank you very much for your comment. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options relating to your “Fur Traders Descending the Missouri” print. Typically we need to see the item to provide an opinion. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Kate

          Reply
    58. Michael STerling
      August 31, 2014

      Ever hear of the oil on wood folk art painting “The Quilting Party”? Well I have stumbled upon it I believe. I did research online and got a report from I would say the 1940’s? late 1930’s from The Mueseum of Art in New York. It’s from an Anonymous Artist. Now it was lent by Mrs. John D Rockefeller Jr. It’s hard not to be somewhat excited seeing as though it came from a second hand store. It’s sunday so I will call you on Tuesday.

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        September 2, 2014

        Dear Mr. Sterling,
        Thank you very much for your comment. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com. We look forward to hearing from you today.

        Regards,
        Kate

          Reply
    59. Shirley
      August 31, 2014

      I have a reproduction of joseph mallard william turner-barganing fir fish stamped at bottom is brushstroke dimension 1967 universal art studio on left and middle bottom dutch fishing boats joseph mallard william turner 1775-1851. It is actually hung on scroll I can’t find anything about this company

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        September 2, 2014

        Dear Shirley,
        Thank you very much for your comment. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options relating to your J.M.W. Turner print. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Kate

          Reply
    60. Lis
      August 29, 2014

      I have a print framed signed by ad greer is huge art piece its been in my fam since 1970 was woundering if has value

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        August 29, 2014

        Dear Lis,
        Thank you very much for your comment. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options relating to your Greer print. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Kate

          Reply
    61. Darla
      August 23, 2014

      I have a painting that says at the bottom right P-609 HOMER THE. HERRING NET LITHO IN THE U.S.A.

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        August 25, 2014

        Dear Chelsie Marie,
        Thank you very much for your comment. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options relating to your artwork. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Kate

          Reply
    62. Kate Welch
      July 26, 2014

      We purchased a Al Capp Serigraph 27 years ago. It is a 3 panel piece titled “One Fault” ( L’il Abner). We still have the reciept and the letter of authenticity from the gallery in NYC where we purchased it. There were 250 Serigraphs made of this 3 panel Serigraph and ours is #185. It is signed by Al Capp in pencil. The letter of authenticity states that the screens used in creating this edition were destroyed. We would like to know how to find out the value of this piece to make sure it is insured properly. I have been unable to find any information on the internet. If you could help us we would greatly appreciate it. Thank you, Kate Welch

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        July 29, 2014

        Dear Ms. Welch,
        Thank you very much for your comment. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options relating to your serigraph. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Kate

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    63. Nestor
      July 25, 2014

      I have a framed print by
      Gino Boccasile

      La voce che incanta Irradio
      1939 color offset lithograph

      24” x 46”

      How would I determine if it has any value?

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        July 29, 2014

        Dear Nestor,
        Thank you very much for your comment. Are you able to bring your print in to our Chicago office? From there we can do more research if you would like it evaluated. Please give us a call to make an appointment or to talk about how to proceed via email if you are not in the area. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Kate

          Reply
    64. kris
      July 15, 2014

      I believe I have a copy of a Sacred Heart painting. It has Octavio wrote at the bottom. It has Mary and Jesus together. I have done research and can’t find a painting by Octavio of the Sacred Heart. I was hoping you could shed some light on this for me.

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        July 16, 2014

        Dear Ms. Kris,

        Thank you for your note. Please give us a call at your convenience at (312) 814-8510 and we can review our different service options relating to your item.

        Kind regards,
        Sarah Spieler

          Reply
    65. Esther
      July 8, 2014

      Hello, I found a old canvas add from the 1920’s, and on the back was a us patent #. Please can somebody tell me what and why it has a patent, and what does that mean for me?

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        July 8, 2014

        Dear Ms. Florez,

        Thank you for your note. Please give us a call at your convenience at (312) 814-8510 and we can review our different service options relating to your canvas.

        Kind regards,
        Kate Brown

          Reply
    66. vanessa van dusen
      June 30, 2014

      Hello,

      I have a vintage De Corsi Entrata Del Lago Lithograph
      P510-2
      V3476-948

      wondering if it has a value? I live about an hour from Chicago

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        June 30, 2014

        Dear Ms. Van Dusen,

        Thank you for your note. Please give us a call at your convenience at (312) 814-8510 and we can review our different service options.

        Kind regards,

        Sarah Spieler

          Reply
      • theresa mitchell
        January 14, 2015

        Hello, I have the same DE Corsi you inquired about; numbers and all. I was wondering if you were able to obtain the value. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
        Thank you,
        Theresa

          Reply
        • MIR Appraisal
          January 15, 2015

          Dear Ms. Mitchell,
          Thank you very much for your comment. I do not believe Ms. Van Dunsen ever reached out to us to determine value. Please contact us at your convenience and we can review our different service options relating to your print. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
          Regards,
          Kate

            Reply
    67. Scott Silver
      April 9, 2014

      Hello. I have an obvious reproduction (based on this blog) of the famous Mother and Child by Gari Melchers. It is done on canvas and it is in near perfect condition. Whoever had it did some folding in order for it to fit in a smaller frame…henceforth the near-perfect status. What intrigues me is what is at the bottom. It says on the left side: Brushstroke Dimensions. The middle says: Mother and Child; Gari Melchers 1860-1932; Courtesy of the Art Institute of Chicago. The right says: made in U.S.A.

      Im trying to find out the value of this reproduction. I’ve tried to research Brushstroke Dimensions, which was owned by Universal Art Products inc. The strange thing is that the US Trademark and Patent office has no historic record of the company. Other than that, I haven’t been able to find ANYTHING online about the company. Do you know anything about the company who created this wonderful reproduction? Could you find out? That way you/we may be able to find it’s true worth (if any) thanks.

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        April 9, 2014

        Dear Mr. Silver,
        Thank you very much for your comment. Are you able to bring your print in to our Chicago office? From there we can do more research if you would like it evaluated. Please give us a call to make an appointment or to talk about how to proceed via email if you are not in the area. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Sarah

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    68. Joe
      March 26, 2014

      What would be the approximate value of a Leslie A. Wilcox print (of 500) of the Californian Clipper

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        March 26, 2014

        Dear Mr. Cariello,
        Thank you very much for your comment. Are you able to bring your Leslie A. Wilcox print in to our Chicago office? From there we can do more research if you would like it evaluated. Please give us a call to make an appointment or to talk about how to proceed via email if you are not in the area. Our phone number is 312.814.8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Kate

          Reply
    69. LUIS morales
      March 7, 2014

      I have a lithogragh of the first Superman comic action comics #1 the first superheroes comic printed the cardboard it’s on is a little rough around the edges but the litho itself is in excellent shape.

        Reply
      • MIR Appraisal
        March 7, 2014

        Dear Mr. Morales,
        Thank you very much for your comment. Are you able to bring these items in to our office in Chicago? From there we can do more research if you would like them evaluated. Please give us a call to make an appointment or to talk about how to proceed via email if you are not in the area. Our phone number is (312) 814 8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Kate

          Reply
    70. Ann Ayres
      March 3, 2014

      I have a reproduction of A. D. Greer’s “First Light in the Rockies” that was done by Regency Fine Art, Ltd. There is a Certificate of Authenticity and it is 148/1000. Released date is Oct 1, 1984. I was wondering if it is of ant value?

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      • MIR Appraisal
        March 4, 2014

        Dear Ms. Ayres,
        Are you able to bring the reproduction to our office in Chicago? From there we can research it for you. Please give us a call to make an appointment or to talk about how to proceed via email if you are not in the area. Our phone number is (312) 814 8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com.
        Regards,
        Sarah

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    71. Debbie Benson
      January 19, 2014

      I have a print that I purchased about 15 years ago in an antique store. It is titled The Country Store; which is which is written in pencil along with with the artist’s name, Jean Spiry and also says AP 15/75. I have googled everything I can think of and I can’t find any information regarding this print. I’m hoping you can assist with this matter or refer me to someone that can.

      Thank you so much,
      Debbie Benson

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      • MiR Appraisal
        January 20, 2014

        Dear Ms. Benson,
        Are you able to bring the print in to our office in Chicago? From there we can research them for you. Please give us a call to make an appointment or to talk about how to proceed via email if you are not in the area. Our phone number is (312) 814 8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com
        Regards,
        Kate

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    72. Martin Amato
      November 6, 2013

      hi

      I have a Vincent Van Gogh printed copy of a women bent over either cleaning, washing in black and white also looks like charcoal.

      on the bottom it says copyright kroller-muller stiching otterlo (Holland) and Vincent Van Gogh Arenlezende Boerin 1885 Woman cleaning

      Also bottom right side it says printed in holland 2006A and on back in pencil it says 625 and 41/8 3/4

      Are these replicas worth anything?

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    73. betty goodwin
      July 8, 2013

      Hello I have a few different items, one is a large print of George Washington at valley forge etched by evans 1913, copy right by J.E Kelly in 1904 black and white, I have the declaration rice paper with many signatures. also gold etch prints by Lionel Barrymore.

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      • admin
        July 9, 2013

        Hello Ms. Goodwin,
        Thank you very much for your inquiry. Are you able to bring these items in to our office in Chicago? Please give us a call to make an appointment or to talk about how to proceed via email if you are not in the area. Our phone number is (312) 814 8510 and our email address is info@mirappraisal.com
        Sincerely,
        -Lex

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    74. sharon carpenter
      July 7, 2013

      I have a 1978 signed 109/171 Pink Tulip lithograph maybe a serigraph purchased in 1981. I have searched and have not been able to locate the value.

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      • admin
        July 8, 2013

        Hello Ms. Carpenter,
        Thank you very much for your inquiry, please give us a call in the office if you’d like us to evaluate your print for you:(312) 814 8510. You can also reach us via email at info@mirappraisal.com
        -Lex

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    75. Cindy
      May 22, 2013

      I have a limited edition 112/500 called No Sales Left by Sally Bourgeois, 1993. What is the value?

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      • admin
        May 23, 2013

        Hello Cindy,
        Thanks for your inquiry. We would be happy to take a look at your print for you, please give us a call to schedule an appointment or send us an email at info@mirappraisal.com.
        -Lex

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    76. David Severtsgaard
      July 29, 2012

      Iam wanting to find out the value of my limited edition print. It is “Sunrise at Gibbon Meadows” by Leon Parson 782/980 The original painting was commissioned to the state of Utah by Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation. It’s of two bull elk in a mountain meadow. Around the stamp in the frame of the print says Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, 000782 1984 – 1991 7th Anniversary Edition
      I did a large sales promotion in New Mexico for Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation’s Bugle Magazine and for my efforts and the promotion being a huge success Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation presented it to me and the company received wholesaler of the year award. The plaque on the frame indicates this and I have a letter from Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation in this regard.

      Anyway I was hoping you could give me some value of the print based the history Ive given you or if you could direct me to the right person or website to find out.

      Thank your for taking the time to read my request.

      Sincerely,

      David Severtsgaard

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    77. Kathy
      March 16, 2012

      I have painting “The Girl in Blue” how may I find the value. It belonged to my late aunt. Thank you Kathy

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    78. Harald Oyen
      February 14, 2012

      http://www.flickr.com/photos/48839892@N06/sets/72157626460124231/

      What’s next in finding out the artisit? I have paid once for a “maybe” response.

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