ABORIGINAL SCULPTURE VALUE
Aboriginal Sculpture Value
Finding the value of an Aboriginal Sculpture can be very difficult. It is a specialized field. Very few auctioneers have indepth knowledge of this art form. Aboriginal Sculpture values range from around two hundred dollars to fifty thousand dollars. Getting it right is important. The vast majority of sculpture are worth less than one thousand dollars. This is because there isn’t a very big market for them. People who collect Aboriginal sculptures are normally after a particular artist and want one in superb condition.
If you send me some images of your Aboriginal sculpture and details I can help. Please include photos front back and sides and closeups of any damage. I don’t charge for helping determine values but I do ask to be able to add the artists sculpture to my articles.
I have a database of works by Aboriginal Sculpture Artists who have sold for over a thousand dollars. After determining the artist, I can compare your sculpture to pieces sold. Then keeping in mind the current trends of the market I can give you a good estimate of what you piece is worth.
When buying an aboriginal sculpture I go through the same process. I pay between twenty to fifty percent less than I can sell it for. On a low value sculpture that is going to be hard to sell I need a larger profit margin to make it worth while. A great piece, with high value, I can deal with on a small profit margin. With the rare pieces I want for my personal collection I am happy to pay the market price.
Other things that affect Aboriginal Sculpture Value
Where and how you sell an Aboriginal sculpture affects its value. In general sculptures sold in America and the United Kingdom sell for less than those in Australia. The reason is that these Barks are often not seen by the would be buyer. Many buyers are also time poor and do not want to organise third party shipping agencies and fumigation.
Aboriginal sculptures sold at the right auction in Australia either sell well or fail to meet reserve. Sculptures that failed to meet reserve are often perceived as undesirable by collectors. Failed sale leads to reduced value.
If you need an official written aboriginal sculpture valuation for insurance, then you need to pay for a certified valuation. Contact me I can help.
Always happy to see new sculptures. Every piece is unique. I can definately give you a value on what your piece is worth.