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1. What is the artnet Price Database?

    The artnet Price Database Fine Art and Design has over 7 million color-illustrated Fine Art and Design auction results dating back to 1985, including photography, sculpture, and works on paper. The Price Database Decorative Art includes architectural properties, furniture, lighting, antiques, jewelry, textiles, and silver.

    The following information is available for each Fine Art and Design auction lot:
    Artist's name
    Title
    Year of the work
    Medium
    Size
    Marking information (e.g., signature)
    Provenance, description, literature (when available)
    Auction house
    Sale date
    Lot number
    Price estimates
    Sold For price
    Artwork image(s) (not available with the non-illustrated Researcher Yearly subscription)

    The following information is available for each Decorative Art auction lot:
    Title
    Description
    Maker
    Dimensions
    Year of work
    Edition
    Marking information (e.g., signature)
    Edition, casting, printing, or publishing information (if relevant)
    Provenance, description, literature (when available)
    Auction house
    Sale date
    Lot number
    Price estimates
    Sold For price
    Artwork images(s)

2. How can I use the information in the artnet Price Database to value my artwork?

    The artnet Price Database is a crucial tool for valuing art. To get an idea of what your artwork may be worth, you can search the database for sale records of your artwork or for other comparable lots. Appraisers and other art professionals often use sale records of related works by the same artist, such as those of a similar media, size, or subject matter, to determine the value of an artwork. You may wish to consider recent sale records as stronger indicators of potential value.

3. What is the difference between the artnet Price Database Fine Art and the artnet Price Database Decorative Art?

    The Decorative Art database gives you access to sale prices of antiques, furniture, and Decorative objects such as silver, ceramics, rugs, and more. The Fine Art and Design database provides you with sale information on paintings, prints, sculptures, and 20th- and 21st-century Design objects. Works that have an artist or designer are included in the Fine Art and Design database, while period pieces, such as American or English furniture, are included in the Decorative Art database.

4. How do I subscribe to the Price Database?

    Select a type of subscription from the product page, and click "Subscribe" under a subscription level.

    Review your order. If you wish to remove a subscription, simply click the corresponding "X" in the Remove column, and click "Remove" again when the pop-up asks if you are sure. If you wish to add other artnet products to your cart, click "Add Another Product" at the bottom of the screen, and select from the list. When you have reviewed your final selection, click "Check Out."

    Follow the three-step sign-up process.

    For more details on the sign-up steps, visit the My Account FAQ page.

5. Can I have one subscription that covers both the Fine Art and Decorative Art databases?

    Because of the different ways the data is compiled, sorted, and displayed, the databases require separate subscriptions. You may use the same username for multiple subscriptions, and easily navigate between each search screen.

6. How do I search the artnet Price Database?

    The best way to perform a Fine Art and Design or Decorative Art search is to enter minimal information, and then narrow the search as needed.

    Searching the artnet Price Database Fine Art and Design:

    Step 1: For Fine Art and Design searches, the two basic criteria are either the name of the artist or the name of an auction house; the artist’s name may be entered partially or in full.

    Upon entering the third character in the artist or auction house field, a list of suggestions will appear that match the text you’ve entered. Select the name you are searching for.

    Step 2: Narrow your search (optional). If you have additional information, you may enter it here. Then click "Check the Number of Results" before viewing your results to decide if you wish to refine (or expand) your search.
    *Note: 100 results are displayed per page; clicking to view additional pages of results counts as an additional search. Keep this in mind when narrowing your search criteria.

    Media: Search all Fine Art and Design lots, or select a specific medium; you may search multiple media in a single search.

    Title/Lot Description: Enter one or more words, separated by spaces. Titles do not have to be written in full, but words entered must be exact. For example, for "Reclining Figure," enter "Reclining," "Figure," or both, but do not enter "Figurative." If the title is listed in a foreign language, be sure to enter it exactly as it appears in the auction catalog.

    *Note: Do not include punctuation or any words fewer than three characters.
    Year of Work: The year or range of years in which the artist created the work. If you enter information into the first field only, it will start the search from that year forward, and show results through the present day.

    Size: The dimensions of the work (in inches or centimeters), as listed by the auction house. Using a range of sizes is often the best way to find what you are looking for.

    Catalogue Raisonné Author and Number: The author and catalog raisonné reference number can be entered for prints and photographs only. This field is useful for works in numerous editions.

    Sale Date: Enter the date or range for when the artwork was sold; for the exact date, enter the same date in both fields.

    Price Range: A range of prices that the work sold for in US dollars. For prices in different currencies, the price will automatically be converted based on the conversion rates on the date of the sale.

    *Note: Prices listed as "Bought In," where the highest bid did not meet the seller’s reserve price and did not sell, will not appear in your results if a price parameter is included.

    Sale Title: One or more words separated by spaces that appear exactly as they do in the sale title, such as "Abstract and Contemporary Art", "Important Modern and Impressionist paintings," etc.

    Sale Number: The number used by the auction house to designate the sale.
    Lot: Use these two fields to search within a range of lot numbers. To view a single lot, enter the lot number in both fields.

    Step 3: Select how you’d like your results to be sorted, and click "View First 100 Results" to initiate the search.

    Completing a Decorative Art search:

    Step 1: In order to make finding works easier and faster, you are required to enter at least one of the following fields:

    Collecting Categories: Click the box matching the group you wish to search. This will reveal specific categories available. To search any of the categories, check the appropriate box, or select "All" to search all categories within the collection.

    Title/Lot Description: One or more words separated by spaces that appear in the title of the work. For example, for "Louis XV console," you may enter "Louis XV," "console," or both. If the title is listed in a foreign language, enter it exactly as it appears in the auction catalog.
    *Note: Do not include punctuation or any words fewer than three characters.

    Maker: Enter the name of the artist or maker of the work.

    Year of Work: The year or range of years in which the artist created the work. If you enter information into the first field only, it will start the search from that year forward, and show results through the present day.

    Size: The dimensions of the work (in inches or centimeters), as listed by the auction house. Using a range of sizes is often the best way to find what you are looking for.

    Object Type: Click the box that matches the group you wish to search. This will expand to reveal the specific categories available. To search any of the object types, simply check the appropriate box, or select "All" to search all categories within the collection.

    Specific Object Type: If you do not find your item’s category represented, you may type in a specific object type, for example, "gueridon," into this field.

    Auction House: Select a specific auction house. Upon entering the third character, a list of suggestions will appear that match the text you’ve entered. As you enter more characters, the list of suggestions will narrow. Select the name of the auction house when it appears.

    Sale Date: Enter the date or range for when the artwork was sold from the auction house; for the exact date, enter the same date in both fields.

    Price Range: A range of prices that the work sold for in US dollars. For works sold in Euros, the price will automatically be converted based on the conversion rates of the date it sold.

    *Note: The price of some works is listed as "Bought In," which means they did not meet their reserve price and therefore will not appear in your results as a price parameter.

    Sale Title: One or more words separated by spaces that appear in the sale title (e.g., British Furniture, etc.). This search field will only look for exact word matches in the sale title.

    Lot Range: You may use these two search fields to search within a range of lot numbers. To view a single lot, enter the lot number in both fields.

    Sale Number: The number used by the auction house to designate the sale.

    Step 2: Select how you’d like your results displayed, and click “View Results” to initiate the search.

7. How do I save and print my Price Database search results?

    Once you get the results of your search, you have the option to save and/or print those results. You can either individually select each lot by checking the box to the left of the image, or "Select All" to automatically select all lots on the page. Once you have the desired lots selected, click "Save Selected Lots."

    If you wish to print your results, select "Print" after choosing your lots. A new window will appear with your selected lots.

    To access your saved searches, login to your artnet account and click "My Account." Click "My Saved Searches" to view all searches listed alphabetically by artist, then click "View" for the search you would like to access. Please note that you can access your saved searches only if you have an active Price Database subscription. If you cancel your subscription and then re-subscribe at a later date with the same username and password, you will be able to access your saved searches.

8. What constitutes a search in the Price Database Fine Art and Design?

    Once you have clicked "View First 100 Results," it counts as a search, unless there are zero results.

    The search displays 100 results per page. Each time you move to the next page of 100 results, another search is used. Keep this in mind when narrowing the search criteria.

    All Decorative Art subscriptions offer unlimited searches.

9. How does the search form interpret empty fields?

    By default, the Price Database searches all possible values for the fields you leave blank. For example, if the only field you enter is Artist's Name, the search will retrieve all auction lots for that artist regardless of other criteria, such as the auction house or date.

    If you enter only one of a pair of fields, such as in Sold Price Range, the search will assume a minimum or maximum value for the empty field. For example, if you were to enter "2,500" in the first price field and leave the second one blank, the search would return matching works with a list price greater than or equal to US$2,500.

    The less information you enter in the search, the greater the number of possible matching auction lots. We recommend that you enter the least amount of information possible, and then narrow your search by using the Check the Number of Results option.

10. What are the requirements for lots to appear in the artnet Price Database?

    Lots must have the following minimum estimates to be included in the artnet Price Database Fine Art and Design:

    500 USD
    Original paintings, sculptures, works on paper, photographs, prints and multiples, and installations with a known artist
    Contemporary mixed artist portfolios

    2,000 USD
    Artists with a qualified name (e.g., after, follower of, circle of, school of)
    Artists known only by their initials, nationality, or period
    Artists known as Master or Monogrammist
    Artists known only by first or last name (for whom the full name cannot be identified)
    Anonymous artists

    The following items are not included in the artnet Price Database Fine Art and Design:
    Lots with multiple artists that are not collaborations
    Anonymous Design objects
    Decorative art objects—including pre-20th century furniture, silver, porcelain, instruments—which can be found in the artnet Price Database Decorative Art
    If you still have questions, please contact artnet customer support by email or at +1-212-497-9700.

11. Once I have my results, what does "Bought In" mean when it appears in the "Sold For" field?

    Lots listed as "Bought In" did not sell at auction. The highest bid placed at the time of the sale did not meet the reserve price (the minimum price to sell agreed upon by the seller and the auction house).

12. Why was I charged more than the monthly price of my subscription?

    If you go over your allotted monthly searches (10 per month for Individual Rollover), you are charged for each additional search. In the Individual Rollover account, the charge for each additional search is US$3.50. At the start of the next billing cycle, your credit card statement will include the usual renewal fee for your monthly subscription plus overage charges. Local sales tax may apply.

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