|The Piano Lesson, 1923, Henri Matisse|
|The Stolen Mirror, 1941, Max Ernst|
1. The name of the artist.
2. The size of the artwork.
3. The medium employed.
4. The date created.
5. The content.
6. The provenance.
8. The condition of the work.
9. The rarity of the work.
|Les-femmes d Alger (Version "O"), 1955, Pablo Picasso|
|Nymphéas en fleur, 1914-17, Claude Monet|
,As to size, in general, the larger the work the higher the price, but only up to a point at which size influence becomes less and less important. The break point as to sizes for collectors involves dimensions they can comfortably display in their homes. Larger works are purchased for corporate and institutional collections. Works such as Monet's Nymphéas en fleur series from the Peggy and David Rockefeller collections, are often measured in feet or meters. Nympheas en Fleur (above) sold for $84.6-million. Even some museums would be hard-pressed to display canvases of such size.
|Picasso's Tete de Femme, (1935), sold for £18.9-millon at a Sotheby's last month, a far cry from the £28m which the seller paid for the work at the auction house’s 2013 sale.|
|Typical Certificate of Provenance provided by the artist. Where art history begins. Some are less "fancy" than this, some far more so.|
|Bust of a Man, plaster, 1965. |
Alberto Giacometti .
And finally, art history comes into play as prices are often determined by the impact the artist's following or that of the individual work on the overall art scene A .Giacometti painting similar to the plaster sculpture at left was bought just before the credit crunch for £1.6 million . The price was estimated at £1.8-2.5 million at Christie’s but failed to find a buyer. Apparently Gia-cometti's stature in the history of art has suffered in recent years. Works by artists who have created a relatively small amount of work brings higher prices. Giacometti does not fit into that category. The 17th-century Dutch painter, Jan Vermeer does.
|The dominant forces of the fine art market today.|
|Auction Room, Christie's, circa 1808.|
|How the art market works.|
|Vincent Price, legendary art collector.|