Want to learn how to sell art on eBay? As one of the most trusted marketplace on internet, eBay is a great place to experiment. This guide shows you how to successfully tap into its potential.
If you’re an artist, finding venues through which to sell your work can be difficult. Galleries can be difficult to get your work into and local craft fairs limit your customer-base to a regional audience.
Luckily, eBay provides a venue for artists from all over the world to reach large quantities of viewers looking to buy artwork.
Here are 4 tips for artists looking to sell their work through eBay.
Show Your Art in Context
Because your audience will be viewing photographs of the work, you want to make sure that your photographs are eye-catching.
Try photographing the work against simple but formally beautiful backgrounds.
Clean white walls and solid-colored backgrounds usually work well.
Show all sides of the work and include a few detail shots to let the viewer know what they’re looking at.
Strong photos can really make the difference, so do yourself a favor and make sure yours are high-quality.
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List Your Artwork Properly
In order to make sure that your potential audience finds the work, you’ll have to properly identify it when posting it for sale on eBay. Be descriptive in your titles and use them to entice the viewer.
Make sure to select “Art” as the category and include a detailed description of the work where you can. Including keywords like “landscape painting”, “figure sculpture”, “watercolor” and “ceramic pottery”.
Even more, these will make sure that your work shows up when browsers search for those terms.
The “Item Description” component of your post is key here.
In addition to describing the work, this is also the part of the post where you can include other information. For example, you can post whether or not you include a certificate of authenticity, and where the work was made.
Be A Great Salesperson
That said, once you’re able to sell some artwork through eBay, you want to ensure that customers continue to keep buying.
Be a courteous seller and make sure that the work is packed safely, labeled correctly and shipped out on time.
Additionally, leave your buyer some positive feedback in hopes that they will do the same for you.
The better your reputation becomes, the higher up you will show on search results, creating more potential for you to sell artworks in the future.
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Check out this infographic by HyperAllergic that shows the most popular artists by state via Ebay searches.
Maybe Ebay isn’t what you are looking for. here is an article about selling your artwork online that covers a few other platforms.
Most Expensive Painting Sold on eBay
We love eBay because it’s a great place to find a deal. Spend enough time browsing through the site and you’ll find whatever you’re looking for at half the price.
But eBay isn’t just a place for low prices. The site has facilitated some pretty big transactions over the years. Most of these transactions were highly valued collectibles like paintings, sculptures, jewelry, automobiles, and memorabilia. (Want to sell your work for more? Here is a guide to the best selling art on eBay and Etsy).
The Little Peach by Maxfield Parish
In 2014, for example, a painting by Maxfield Parrish sold for $425k. The painting, entitled The Little Peach, was painted in 1902 and sold by an auction broker with the username heritageliveauctions. It was previously owned by a private collector in Philadelphia. The work, which was created in Vermont, depicts two children sitting in a field on a cloudy day.
Alligator Pears by Georgia O’Keefe
The next most expensive painting sold on eBay was Georgia O’Keefe’s Alligator Pears. A lush green oil painting rendered in her signature style, the piece was created in 1923. That painting has a long exhibition history, having been shown several times throughout the early 20th century. It’s owner held it for nearly 30 years before putting it up for auction online. It sold for $380,000. Slim Chance by Howard Terpning
In November of 2014, a painting by Howard A. Terpning entitled Slim Chance was sold for $325,000. The oil painting, rendered on canvas, depicted an interaction between a European trapper and four Native Americans on the American Plains. The work was purchased by an anonymous buyer in a live auction.
The Next Most Expensive Painting Sold on eBay
So, if you have a couple hundred thousand dollars to spare and are looking to start an art collection, don’t worry about going to galleries. You could start your collection right from your phone. Or, if you have some old artworks hanging around your house, you may want to try selling them on eBay. Who knows…you might have something that’s a lot more valuable than you’re aware.