When did the National Gallery of Art open?
The National Gallery of Art’s painting collection, like the museum itself, began with Andrew W. Mellon (1855–1937). When the National Gallery opened to the public in 1941, the 121 old master paintings that Mellon had given to the nation were on view.
How can I find out how much my old painting is worth?
Use an online image search to check whether your painting is a copy. Once you have identified your artist, check his or her other works online to see what they sell for. If your painting is valuable, approach a local auction house. Look for one that specialises in works of art for the best advice.
Who are the donors of the National Gallery of Art?
Inspired by the example of the National Gallery, London, Mellon hoped that his gift would attract other gifts of equal significance. This wish bore fruit in 1942 with the donation of the collection of Peter A.B. Widener (1834–1915) and his son Joseph E. Widener (1872–1943).
Who is responsible for maintaining the National Gallery?
Although the federal government is responsible for the maintenance and basic operation of the Gallery, the art acquisitions are supported by the private sector. The success of this partnership is reflected in the National Gallery’s large and superlative paintings collection that spans the time between the late 14th and the 21st centuries.
How can you tell if a painting is worth money?
Art collecting is an expensive hobby, but some eagle-eyed aficionados can score valuable masterpieces at bargain-bin prices. Whether you’re hunting for deals at a thrift shop or evaluating a piece at an art show, knowing how to determine a painting’s authenticity and worth will help you spot great deals in a sea of knock-offs and reprints.
How long has art been sold at auction?
Our auction records go back close to 20 years, and cover the prices an artist may have obtained at auction, including presale estimates, sizes, titles, and images of the artworks. From the steps above, hopefully you have learned to appreciate and enjoy your artwork even more.
What was the highest price paid for a painting?
The highest price paid for a single painting occurred during a private sale in early 2015. Paul Gauguin’s “Nafea faa ipoipo? (When will you marry?)” of 1892 was bought for $300 million.
How can I find out the value of my artwork?
An auction estimate is the likely value your artwork would obtain in a Heritage auction. If you need a formal written appraisal for estate planning, insurance, etc., please contact our Appraisal Services Department. Charges for formal written appraisals are based on our experts’ time.