The last two years have seen record-high prices for Harland Miller works at auction. Since then, the demand for Miller’s work has exploded. If you’re one of the lucky ones that invested in one of Miller’s charismatic works to date, you’re in great company, the artist has attracted some high profile collectors, among them Elton John and AC/DC guitarist Angus Young.
Here we answer some of our seller’s most frequently asked questions when bringing their Harland Miller to market.
- How much is my Harland Miller print worth?
- How to prove your Harland Miller is authentic
- Condition and Restoration
- When and where to sell your Harland Miller Print
How much is my Harland Miller print worth?
Harland Miller prints vary greatly in scale and edition size, both of these factors influence value. For the most part Miller’s print are made in editions of under 100. He has experimented with many printing mediums, preferring printing techniques which allow for bright and fresh colours. Examples of these mediums include, screenprinting, inkjet, etching and embossing – many on paper, with a thin glossy finish, such as Somerset Satin.
Miller has also been known to produce one-off prints. Making a one-of-a-kind artwork which is utterly unique and are particularly sought after for their rarity. Who Cares Wins is one such example created when Sotheby’s curated an Art for Grenfell charity auction in 2017 and Miller donated this work to be sold as a contribution to the auction. The printing method was a screen print, hand finished with pencil and oil paint and it sold for £62,500.
Whether you originally brought your Harland Miller print for investment purposes in the first place, you may want to consider selling to realise the equity it holds.
How to prove your Harland Miller is authentic
When you come to sell your Harland Miller print, buyers commonly ask about the provenance to help support its authenticity. Miller’s prints do not come with certificates of authenticity, however a paper trail can suffice – most should lead back to the four main galleries that first published the prints, these are White Cube, Reflex in Amsterdam, Manifold Editions and Paragon Press. Almost all Miller prints are signed, with the occasional anomaly.
If you need a reference book to assist with looking at other examples, ‘In Shadows I Boogie’ is the most comprehensive book to date on Harland Miller’s paintings and prints.
Condition and Restoration
Caring for your print will pay dividends when it comes to selling it for investment, and going the extra mile to preserve the condition is smart, after all, its condition is linked to value and appeal. If you have concerns about defects, you can speak to our brokers who have knowledgeable specialist restorers on hand who can advise on such matters. Just use the chat box at the bottom right of this page.
Store your print in an area away from moisture and out of direct sunlight, ideally the darker, the better. If your print is unframed (which is unusual for a Miller edition – the four main galleries who produced them offered them framed) keep it stored flat in an archival sleeve with the printed image facing up.
For the most part Miller’s inkjet editions were produced on Somerset Satin, whilst his screen prints tend to be printed on wove heavier stock paper. Somerset Satin is prone to soft handling creases when handled unframed. With this in mind, move with great care, and never keep unframed works in tubes as this can cause permanent damage.
When and where to sell your Harland Miller Print
When presenting your print to the secondary market, it is important to take a look at whether others from the same edition are being publicly circulated. If you look at auction catalogues or art dealer’s stock you will never see more than one of the same print published at the same time. The reason for this is the optimum price will not be achieved, and competing in this manner risks driving prices down. One of the benefits of selling via MyArtBroker is that the asking price of your print won’t ever be publicly advertised, meaning you’re never in direct competition with other sellers.
You can consign your Harland Miller to an auction house, choosing a ‘prints only’ auction. You may be restricted to their sale calendar of a few opportunities a year, and their deadlines tend to be one month plus before the sale date for entries, and one month after the sale date is payment. It is important to note that auction houses charge fees on the hammer price which they list as seller’s commission, photography fees, insurance and withdrawal fees also apply, and if your work goes unsold you will be subject to an unsold fee – all of which have VAT on top.
We charge absolutely nothing to sell your work. This is because we have a highly targeting audience of Harland Miller collectors, and comparatively low costs associated with reaching them. We therefore do not need to, as we know we’ll find you a buyer.
The website provides a 24/7 access online for buyers to view your print from the comfort of their home or office. Guidance and queries will be answered in a knowledgeable fashion and here you can register and upload details of your Harland Miller print, and receive a valuation free of charge, we will then, with you approval introduce it to the market and our collectors. There are no hidden fees, or unsold fees, and buyers will be able to contact both you and your own art broker whose role is to help guide and secure the deal.