Most of my paintings have come from small and medium-size auction houses located all over the U.S. Often family owned, these businesses are staffed by people who, like me, love old things and love to see them find appreciative homes. I love talking to the enthusiastic, committed, helpful people in this business.
Most of these auctions are online, and I will testify that you can buy paintings with confidence from pictures on your computer screen and the condition reports provided by dealers. The business is a village where everyone knows everyone else and reputation is key (since long before computers.) I haven’t had anyone stiff me, misrepresent the art or not pack it adequately for safe shipping.
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