A Seller's Guide To Louise Bourgeois

A print of Louise Bourgeois’ Girl With Hair. A nude woman’s figure with strands of hair that stands up and away from the face, long enough to cover the woman’s length of her body. She is painted with a monochromatic style in the colour red. Image © The Museum of Modern Art / Girl With Hair © Louise Bourgeois 2007
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Louise Bourgeois

Critically acclaimed French-American artist Louise Bourgeois is a force to be reckoned with. Her feminist led, psychologically-informed works hold record-breaking prices that indicate positive results for upcoming sellers in the market. Here’s our guide on how to navigate it.

How Much Do Louise Bourgeois Prints Sell For?

Louise Bourgeois prints have been seen from over $500 to over half a million dollars- a modest price compared to her over $30 million dollar auction record at Christie’s.

Print of Louise Bourgeois’ Spiral Woman. A black and white sketch of a woman whose hair is as long as her height appears to be floating. An object or fabric is spiralling around herImage © The Museum of Modern Art / Spiral Woman © Louise Bourgeois 2002

How Do You Authenticate a Louise Bourgeois Print?

It doesn’t pay you to invest in art you can’t properly insure. Here are some options to consider when it comes to authenticating your art collection.

Ask an Expert

If you are unsure about the authenticity of a Louise Bourgeois print, you can seek the opinion of an expert in the field, such as a reputable art broker. They can examine the print and conduct an extensive process to help you validate authenticity.


The provenance of a print refers to its ownership history and can provide clues about its authenticity. Look for documentation, such as invoices, receipts, or certificates of authenticity, that trace the print's ownership back to the artist or a reputable dealer.


More often than not, prints are signed and numbered by the artist, usually in pencil, on the bottom margin or verso of the print. Check the signature against known examples of the artist's signature to ensure that it matches in style and placement.

Catalogue Raisonné

A catalogue raisonné is a comprehensive listing of an artist's entire body of work. You can refer to this to verify whether the print in question is included in the artist's official catalogue.

“I am not what I am, I am what I do with my hands…”
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Has Your Louise Bourgeois Print Been Kept In Good Condition?

Investing in art goes far beyond what you purchase. Maintenance is just as important in ensuring the value of your collection, especially when it comes down to insurance. You can maintain your art prints through basic measures like protecting your work from harsh elements, proper handling and use of archival materials. If you’re interested in taking an extra cautious route, consulting with an expert is a preferred choice.

A print of artist Louise Bourgeois’ Femme Maison. A woman’s figure interrupted by a house covering from the bust to thee face in front of a muted red background.Image © The Museum of Modern Art / Femme Maison © Louise Bourgeois 1993

When Is the Best Time to Sell My Louise Bourgeois Print?

The best time to sell a Louise Bourgeois print depends on a variety of factors, including the condition of the print, its rarity, the current market demand for her work, and the availability of similar prints on the market. However, there are certain times and trends in the art market that can indicate a good time to sell. It’s best to consider If there’s been an increased interest in her work, high-performing results at auction, or special events like a retrospective exhibition in your decision.

Where Can I Sell My Louise Bourgeois Print?

Selling A Louise Bourgeois Via Auction House

Considerations should include the auction house's expertise in contemporary art, their reach and reputation within the art market, and their track record of successful sales of similar artworks.

After you choose an auction house, your piece will undergo a rigorous vetting process to ensure its authenticity. You’ll then be provided a pre-sale estimate, based on the artwork's market value and previous sales records. It’s important to remember that auction houses will charge a commission fee, typically ranging from 10-25% of the final sale price, for their services.

You can learn more about selling your work through auction in our guide.

Selling A Louise Bourgeois Via a Broker

For sellers who desire a more private and personalised approach to the sales process, selling your Bourgeois prints through a broker can be an excellent option to explore.

After requesting a valuation, a broker will reach out to you, identify your goals and help you determine pricing. Once you’re ready to sell, your broker will get to work on marketing your prints and sourcing international buyers. As soon as you find a worthy offer, we’ll process the transaction without you having to lift a finger.

Using a broker can offer several benefits, including a higher level of privacy, a more personalised sales approach, and the potential for a higher sale price.

Learn more about selling your contemporary art prints through a brokerage.

Selling A Louise Bourgeois Via Online Marketplace

Online marketplaces now offer sellers a more accessible option, providing access to a wide range of potential buyers from around the world. Platforms like Artsy, Saatchi Art, and Artspace offer a platform for sellers to showcase their artworks and connect with potential buyers directly.

You can learn more about selling your art online here.

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Why Sell Your Louise Bourgeois With MyArtBroker?

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Louise Bourgeois Collection Management with MyPortfolio

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By adding Louise Bourgeois prints from our website to their MyPortfolio dashboard, users can get a glimpse into unique sale opportunities and observe market performance in real time, creating an effortless sales process. Our pioneering technology has revolutionised art portfolio management, making it more accessible than ever and equipping users with the data-driven insights and expertise necessary to make informed decisions.

MyArtBroker leverages two key assets to deliver an exceptional experience: cutting-edge technology that's driven by data, and a team of industry experts. Our skilled professionals work closely with you, and with the aid of a MyPortfolio dashboard, to provide personalised guidance that helps you create a profitable art collection. By combining our technology and resources, we're committed to delivering an unparalleled level of curation and customer service.

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