Guided navigation is the ability to add and remove keywords and categorizations of items to filter your results. As you add these filters,
they appear in the breadcrumb trail above the search results. You can remove any filter from the breadcrumb trail at any time.
Start your search as you've always done. From the home page, catalog home page, or search page, you can select a keyword
and choose a coin type such as "Nickels" or "Barber Half Dollars", and then click "Search". Much of the time, this will be all you need!
You can add a filter in the left column, such as "Category", "Current Bid Range", "Reserve Status", and so on. Each time you make
such a selection, the listing of results will become smaller, showing only those items that meet all the criteria you have selected.
You can also enter one or more keywords, if that will help your search. Sometimes a new selection will open up new sub-selection possibilities.
You can add or drop fields or keywords from your results at any time. Above the listing of results is a complete list of the filters
you have selected. Click on any filter to remove it, and the page will refresh to show all items matching the new broader specifications.
The guided navigation section only lists things that contain results. To expand your list of categories, remove one or more criteria
from your breadcrumb trail at the top of the results by clicking on it.
Click here for a full tutorial.
Using "quotes" around your search phrase can help narrow the results to exactly
what you are interested in. A search Henri Gaston Darien without quotes
will return all results that contain either "Henri", "Gaston" or "Darien", in
any order. A search for "Henri Gaston Darien" in quotes returns all results
with the exact phrase Henri Gaston Darien, in that order.
This will produce more items, and once you see how the items are listed, you can
narrow your search results with more accurate words.
If you're looking for only Impressionism
and Modernism, choose that category from the drop-down list. If you're searching
for items that span multiple categories, choose ALL from the drop-down.
The search from our home page covers everything we have to offer, whether in auction
or inventory. If you are only interested in either auctions or buy now items, select
the appropriate check boxes in the search area ("Search within Inventory" or
"Search within Auctions").
Maybe it's a name (like Darien), or a medium (oil), or a year (1870).
When you use multiple words, the search engines will try to find items with all of
those words in the description. Try using "OR" and "NOT". If you're interested in
all items from 1870 and 1871, you can enter "1870 OR 1871". This would limit your
search to just items with either of those two dates in the description. Or, if you
are interested in something by Darien, but not done in Oil, then you might search
for "Darien NOT Oil".
Don't use commas, periods, dashes, etc., unless required - such as in a name like O'Doul.
Perhaps we don't have the item you are looking for now, but chances are we will soon.
Add the particular item(s) you are looking for to our "MyWantList" and you'll be
notified as soon as it/they become available. If you would like further assistance, please don't hesitate
to contact us.
View the Archives
Descriptions, images, pedigrees, and how much a particular item sold for in a past auction. Also access our archives for a variety of other valuable collectibles.
Heritage Auctions provides free auction estimates on the types of objects that we normally sell at auction. If you haven't already done so, please browse our recent fine and decorative art auctions to see if we've sold items like yours in the past.
Please note, due to our seller's commission rate and market valuations, there are some items we do not sell; for these, we suggest you try a more broad-based auction site such as eBay:
Helpful glossary of art terms
Is it original?
Are you certain you have an original painting or sculpture? An original print would be signed and/or numbered. (Visit Catalogue Raisonné for more information on how to determine if a print is original or not.) Reproductions, including posters of art, are not handled by Heritage.
Can the artist be identified?
Thoroughly examine the artwork for any signatures, initials, inscriptions or other markings that indicate the name of the artist (or maker in the case of decorative arts). This information is not always front-and-center; check the bottoms and back sides as well. You may wish to get the assistance of a framer or restorer to look under linings and frames, if that's possible to do without causing damage.
With the artist identified, there are several resources, both online and off, which you can consult to learn more about him or her and get a rough idea of their work's importance, including recent sales of the artist's work, museums and galleries with the artist's work in their possession, etc.
What condition is it in?
Is there any visible damage? Any areas of visible repair? Is the color strong or faded? Is it dirty or clean? Again, you may wish to get the opinion of a restorer. (DO NOT ATTEMPT TO DO ANY RESTORATION/CONVSERVATION WORK YOURSELF.) Often, works that have never been touched, though dirty and in need of repair, have more value than ones that have been. Click here to identify and see examples of condition issues.
How was it acquired?
Did you obtain it directly from the artist or from a dealer/gallery/auction house? Was it inherited? Do you have any documentation to verify how it was acquired?
What other details do you know?
Dimensions, date, title, medium (the materials it's made of), historical provenance (chain of ownership), etc. are all facts which, when documented, can help determine the value of an artwork. Work from a certain period in the artist's life, for example, might be more valuable than that from other periods; the same could be said for working in a medium or size that was not the norm for the artist.
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