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I have a painting named emerald city by Kevin Sharkey it is

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I have a painting named emerald city by Kevin Sharkey it is oil on mdf on back of picture it says original but looking on line I see the same painting marked original oil on canvas I intend to sell my painting how do I find out which is the original and what value would you think?
Hi There~

My name is XXXXX XXXXX I am here to help with your question.

I would be happy to help you assess your artwork by Kevin Sharkey.

What is the size?

Would it be possible for you to send me photos?

A full shot of the artwork with frame both front and back (do not remove from frame), a clear in-focus close-up of the signature, and a close-up of the surface so I can see the texture would be ideal.

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Hi There~

I received the images of your painting by Kevin Sharkey (b. 1961). You have the original painting.

Sharkey, who works in the style of Gerhardt Richter, is considered a contemporary artist. Traditionally most Contemporary Artists do not have auction sales history, however Sharkey does. Prices for his works are still higher at primary gallery than secondary sale. Meaning, it costs more to buy his paintings at a gallery when they are fresh to the market than it is when the painting is re-sold at auction.

If you sell your painting, it will be a secondary market sale. When it was purchased at ThatGallery, it was a primary market sale.

His highest re-sale price at auction so far is 700Euro. That was just last month and it was against an 800 – 1200Euro estimate. His estimates at auction tend to remain fairly conservative in 300 – 400Euro range and his auction sales average between 200 – 300euro.

Here is a list I have made for you of the auction companies who have handled works by Sharkey

Morgan O'Driscoll XXXXX
County Cork
Phone: 353 28 22338/21183 [email protected]

Mullen's Laurel Park
Old Bray Road
Phone: 353-1-2826107 [email protected]

Phone: +44 (0)28 9032 5448 [email protected]

It is free to contact auction houses and get an estimate for sale. You can contact each auction house through their website. You will send them photos and information. You would not be obligated to sell with any of them. Please bear in mind that estimates will vary from each business, and that the highest estimate is not necessarily a guarantee of a sale.

Contact all of them, if possible for you, regardless of the company location. This will also help you get a consensus opinion on the value and estimates. Approach each one as if you are interested in selling through them. Auction houses take a percentage of the final sale price, so it is in their best interest to sell it for a premium bid.

Feel free if you have further questions about your painting.

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Hi Marie~

Thanks for the positive rating! Much Appreciated.

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