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590 California Galleries

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Gallery listings with Street addresses, phone numbers,  and specialties. Alphabetized by gallery name in ready to print labels format. You can mail them a flyer, work samples and get directions via Google!

 

New York State Art Galleries 584 results

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Gallery listings with Street addresses, phone numbers,  and specialties. Alphabetized by gallery name in ready to print labels format. You can mail them a flyer, work samples and get directions via Google!

 

222 Florida Art Galleries

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Gallery listings with Street addresses, phone numbers,  and specialties. Alphabetized by gallery name in ready to print labels format. You can mail them a flyer, work samples and get directions via Google!

 
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Introduction

Auction-
      The auction route is a very popular way to buy/sell fine art. It is the only place where one can actually get "more" than one is asking for a piece. A lot of art is sold this way, and though it is effective in determining a fair market value, there are problems that consignors should consider.
      Auction houses charge about a 20% fee to "consignors" and 20% (Sotheby's and Christie's have just raised their fee to 25%) fee to buyers when they auction off an item. They make about 40%+ with no risk. Some will give a reserve price, but will charge for it as well as adding other fees such as insurance, photography and cataloging.
      A painting selling for $12,000 at auction ($10,000 hammer price plus $2,000 in buyers commission) would actually only net a consignor about $8,000 or less depending on fee that an auction house adds on. The auction house would make $4,000+. Payment from an auction house can be 7 days (rare) to 30-45 "working days". This means that they do not count weekends and get the use of your money for that time period.


Art Dealers
     Art dealers are an optional way to buy/sell art. They will normally try to buy a piece at about 50% of value, or less. There are many reputable dealers out there, but there are also many greedy ones who look to take advantage of novices. The plus side of working with a dealer is that you will get paid immediately, and sometimes they pay really well if they have a client for your art.

Art Galleries
      Art galleries are avid buyers of art, and they have a large amount of ways to get it.  I suggest caution when dealing with them.  Like the normal art dealer, they will try to buy the piece as cheaply as possible.  If they feel that the price you want is too high, they can offer to "sell" it in their gallery.  This can be good, or bad. 
Good: Gallery gets you a high retail price for your piece.
Bad:  Piece sits in the gallery for years and does not sell.  Your art is exposed and the "fresh" value is depleted.  Dealers and Auction houses shy away from pieces that are coming from galleries, as a lot of their clients have probably seen it.




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