If a person has a painting without a signature, how can I identify it? The previous owner donated it to an organization for a fundraiser, and cannot be reached. How can I put a fair price on it?

Answer

The vast majority of unsigned paintings are likely to be by minor or amateur artists. They may be attractive works of art, but without an identifiable signature or a clear provenance, their value is purely that of a decorative item. If your artwork has clear indicators of potential value, it may be worth seeking the advice of an art dealer or a saleroom. Good quality, heavy frames are usually found on better quality artworks. Framing labels on the reverse are also a good sign, as many professional artists have their works professionally framed.

Updated on April 11, 2018

Original Article:

Selling Art: How to Identify the Artist, Age, and Value of Artwork
By Amanda Severn
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