British artist Anish Kapoor is a prize-winning sculptor and celebrated printmaker. If you’re looking to sell a Kapoor print or collection, here are some points to consider in getting your work ready for sale, and finding the right time and place to sell.
- How do I work out the value of my Kapoor print?
- Authentication and your Kapoor print
- What if I need to have my Kapoor print restored?
- When is the best time to sell my Kapoor print?
- Where should I sell my Kapoor print?
How do I work out the value of my Kapoor print?
Kapoor is best known for his sculpture but has been experimenting with printmaking since the late 1980s. His etchings are now in the collections of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Tate in London.
At auction, the most sought-after prints by Kapoor are from the Shadow portfolios. The most valuable are Shadow III, a group of 9 prints from 2009 (signed, edition of 39) – which fetched £39,650 in October 2011. Shadow I, from 2007 (signed, edition of 35 plus 7 artist proofs), sold for £37,250 in February 2011 and Shadow II, from 2008 (signed, edition of 35), sold for £30,000 in February 2012.
Single prints from the portfolios are equally desirable – one print from Shadows III sold for $9,375 in July 2015, achieving over double its low estimate.
Kapoor’s 15 Etchings series is in the Met Museum’s collection and is also popular with collectors. One complete portfolio of 15 Etchings sold for £19,700 in April 2008. The artist’s portfolio 12 Etchings, meanwhile, has sold for up to £31,250.
Individual prints can achieve up to five-figure sums and above depending on their rarity, popularity or reputation. For example, an artist’s proof of Untitled (I) from 1988 (signed, edition of 20 plus 10 artist’s proofs), which is also in the Tate’s collection, realised £6,750 against an estimate of £2,000-3,000 in March 2017.
Authentication and your Kapoor print
Kapoor signs and numbers all of his editioned prints, either in the bottom right-hand corner or on the reverse of the print. His Fold I print, however, is signed and numbered on the publisher’s certificate instead.
Kapoor’s prints do not come with a certificate of authenticity, so keeping the print’s paperwork is also valuable for proving it is genuine. If you need a specialist’s opinion to authenticate your Kapoor print, our consultants at MyArtBroker can help. Submit your Anish Kapoor work here.
What if I need to have my Kapoor print restored?
The majority of Kapoor’s prints are published by Paragon Press, a highly respected publisher of contemporary editions who has also worked with Harland Miller and Grayson Perry. As such, many of Kapoor’s prints are made on heavy, high-quality wove paper. Still, it is worth checking your Kapoor print for signs of damage – anything other than perfect condition can negatively affect the value of your artwork.
Common damage to works on paper include stains, tears and bits of tape. Sunlight can cause fading or discolouration and the paper can warp due to fluctuating heat or humidity. Find out more about caring for your print here.
MyArtBroker can recommend specialist conservators who can advise you on whether restoration is necessary for your print.
When is the best time to sell my Kapoor print?
Kapoor’s prices peaked in 2015 but demand for his work is as high as ever, particularly for more affordable works like prints and editions. Interest in Kapoor’s art rises when he is in the news – many of his top auction records, for example, were achieved in 2006, a year when Kapoor produced two public sculptures in Chicago and New York, as well as in 2008, ahead of his major retrospective at the Royal Academy of Art in London in 2009. The artist still regularly holds solo exhibitions. MyArtBroker specialists keep a close eye on the art market trends and can advise you on the best time to offer your Kapoor artwork just get in touch if you need some guidance.
Where should I sell my Kapoor print?
Where to sell your Kapoor print is important to consider in order to get the best price. Depending on your experience and confidence, online marketplaces, auction houses and private brokers are popular options, each with their own benefits and drawbacks.
Online marketplaces, like eBay, look appealing to new sellers, as they take a small commission rate and offer a large, established audience. But these platforms also have a greater risk of fraudulent buyers and time-wasters and less chance of reaching a buyer happy to pay at the market price. New sellers without experience or expert advice may also risk undervaluing their print.
Selling with a reputable auction house comes at a price. Although they can appraise your art for free, their seller’s fees are also very high: up to 15% of the hammer price, plus marketing and transport costs. If your print doesn’t sell on the day of the auction, it may risk being ‘burned’ – losing its credibility and short-term value.
Whether you’re a new or experienced seller, private brokers like MyArtBroker can help you with questions about authenticity and how to set a realistic price. With our large network of collectors, we can supply potential buyers as quickly or as leisurely as you like, without the time constraints that an auction house dictates. We offer to sell any work within the markets we specialise in for free, at 0% seller’s fees and with zero further hidden costs.
If you’d like any more advice on how to sell your Kapoor print, you can request a valuation of your artwork any time and we will respond within 12 hours.