If you are in the market to sell a Keith Haring print, here are a few pieces of advice before you start your journey, to make sure you sell at the right time and achieve the right price.
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Known for his bold graphic style and playful sense of humour, Keith Haring was one of the most influential and adored artists of the 20th century. As well as an impressive number of paintings, Haring produced advertising campaigns, toys, prints and murals that encompassed his belief that art was for everyone.
Though he had experimented with print techniques such as lithography in the late 1970s, it wasn’t until 1983 that Haring began making screen prints, or serigraphs. Soon, he was producing ever more inventive and bold prints in both small and large editions, undoubtedly inspired by Andy Warhol, one of Haring’s most important influences.
Today, Haring is still considered to be one of the most significant figures of post-war and contemporary art. His playful and insightful comments on the issues that plagued his times – social injustice, homophobia, the AIDs and drugs crisis – remain as powerful. Haring’s popularity shows no sign of waning; his timeless prints continue to be in high demand and sell for high prices.
Is a signature important for a Keith Haring print?
Early on in Haring’s career it became evident that the energy and curiosity he demonstrated for painting translated perfectly into printmaking and he soon began to work with publishers across the US, Switzerland, Japan, Germany, France, Denmark and Holland. Though many of his prints were made in large editions, there is an element of precision in every single one that shows the level of care with which he supervised the process.
By the time of his death, Haring had produced so many prints that the exact number has become impossible to count. Most editions by Haring are signed by the artist, but there are many unsigned editions on the market, and these can also be valuable if approved by the Keith Haring Foundation.
One of Haring’s most valuable print portfolios, Andy Mouse, has more than one signature: the prints are signed by both Haring and Warhol. The artworks depict Warhol in Mickey Mouse shorts, complete with sunglasses and his trademark spiky wig, representing two of the most important figures of the Pop Art movement in one work.
Provenance and paperwork in Keith Haring prints
As with any artwork, it is important to preserve any documents pertaining to your original purchase of a Keith Haring print. This is of course even more important if the work is unsigned but approved by the Keith Haring Foundation. From a certificate of authenticity or auction receipt to details of the previous owners, these pieces of paper can make a huge difference – sometimes resulting in substantial increased value – when it comes to selling your collection.
How do to care for your Keith Haring print
Screen prints and lithographs are as susceptible to damage as paintings. Over time, the bright colours of Haring’s designs can fade if not looked after properly, so frame your print under UV-protective glass and hang it away from direct sunlight. Asking a reputable framer to create a mount for the work is always money well spent against your investment. The condition of a work of art can significantly affect its value when it comes to be sold so it’s important to guard against such damaging agents as light, moisture and inexpert handling.
If you are unsure about the condition of your works, do not hesitate to contact our brokers who will be able to recommend a conservation specialist if necessary. Works on paper can buckle over time, the print appearing slightly wavy due to changes in temperature or atmosphere, but this can be easily fixed by an expert. It is usually advisable not to attempt flattening or adjusting the print in any way yourself as this can do more harm than good and can result in loss of value.
Keith Haring’s edition sizes
Haring began working in lithography in the early ’80s, producing small edition sizes of 40 or 50 monochrome designs before moving onto screen printing and producing work mostly in editions of 100 with a few exceptions – his Andy Mouse series was only made as an edition of 30, while the Pop Shop series was printed as editions of 200 for single prints and 45 for the Pop Shop Quad set. As with any prints, smaller portfolio sizes tend to be considered more valuable, but a large edition size should not be considered a barrier to a good sale if the work is striking and in excellent condition.
When to sell your Keith Haring print
Haring’s work continues to be at the forefront of the post-war and contemporary print market, there is no bad time to sell. Speak to an expert today to advise what time of year collectors tend to be looking for buy.
Thanks to Haring’s commercially minded approach, the Pop Shop he established in the 80s continues to sell his merchandise online and often partners with leading streetwear brands and established fashion houses such as Uniqlo and Coach, ensuring his name remains known among younger generations of fans and collectors, and proving his enduring appeal as an artist.
How to sell your Keith Haring print
Selling through MyArtBroker, where you can offer your work free of charge with our fixed 0% seller’s commission, is the safest and most cost effective solution for any collector. However choosing the right platform for you personally to sell your artwork through is important. Success at auction is not always easy to come by – so much depends on the room, the other works in the sale and the time and date. Another thing to consider is that while auction houses will appraise your work for free and help you set a reserve price they also charge substantial sales fees, often up to 15% plus loss, damage and liability insurance, marketing charges and storage costs.
You will gain access to a huge network of clients, carefully selected by our brokers who know their individual tastes. We will give you a realistic valuation for your work and can discreetly market the work on your behalf.
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