At Nicholas Muston our team of consultants can identify your painting, print or sculpture, advise you on the value and recommend the best place to sell to achieve the highest price.
With a hugely experienced and knowledgeable team of consultants we can appraise all forms of artwork from all periods and countries to ensure that, when selling, you achieve the very best price.
We undertake valuations for probate, sale and insurance purposes of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture throughout the country.
The valuation of paintings, prints and sculpture can be a minefield. We can provide an appraisal by an independent RICS accredited valuer and advise you on the best route to market, if you are thinking of selling.
The famous Victorian art critic John Ruskin said, “Fine art is that in which the hand, the head and the heart of man go together” and it is this sentiment that inspires people to buy art. The sheer quality, beauty and originality of a painting can prompt a desire to own it. If this is felt by many then competition can drive up values for that artist irrespective of whether they work in the medium of oil, watercolour, print, mixed media or photography.
Well-known artists from Old Masters to 20th century greats like Picasso continue to be in high demand with “Salvator Mundi” by Leonardo da Vinci selling in 2019 for a staggering $450.3 million. Even contemporary living artists have not been left behind with a David Hockney realising $90.3 million in 2018.
From Roman to Renaissance to present day, the variety of sculpture available is vast and presents a wonderful arena for forming a collection. Renowned sculptors include Alberto Giacometti, Jeff Koons, Henry Moore and Elizabeth Frink.
The value is often dependent on the artist, age, condition and subject matter. Materials include bronze, marble, ivory, wood and stone, with the highest valuations going to those by the most desirable artists and in excellent condition.
Why get a valuation with us?
Valuing art is not always straightforward, so it is vitally important to seek expert advice through the consultants that work for Nicholas Muston. The route to sale will vary according to the piece of fine art involved. For example, rare, specialised or very valuable pieces might be best via auction, despite the high costs.
As an independent firm we can recommend the most suitable company for each individual case.
As we work on a commission basis it is in our interest to achieve the very best price for our clients through our vast network of private collectors, dealers and auction rooms throughout the country.
If we broker a sale to a collector or dealer then we charge a 10% commission (no vat on top) on the price achieved. If we arrange the sale through an auction room then you are not charged anything extra, by way of commission, by the auctioneers but out of what they earn they pay us an introductory commission.
If you are looking to sell paintings, prints or sculpture, please get in touch for an expert valuation from a RICS accredited valuer.