Art’s in the right place for father and daughter

A father and daughter have teamed up to create a new website helping people buy and sell fine art.

Melvyn Cohen, who previously owned Smart Gallery before passing it to his daughter, Shelley, says that was like an eBay or AutoTrader exclusively for art.

Shelley has said that at the gallery, people often called in to ask whether they bought back second-hand artwork, and that people had many reasons for wanting to sell on their art.

The website is also good for buyers who are looking for art which has sold out in galleries, and for new artists who are unable to contact galleries to sell their work.

“A lot of art can appreciate in value over time, so people may want to sell to release the money in their paintings,” Shelley added.

“All we require is that the art or sculpture is limited edition or original work worth £200.00 or more,” she said. “It may have been bought in a quaint little shop in the Dales, or at a gallery like ours or even in the middle of London.”

On the website, sellers are able to upload up to three images of the artwork and give a full description of the piece they are selling. They then publish their contact details so interested buyers can get in touch and arrange to view the art before buying.

Semi-retired Melvyn said, “We are simply a site where people can sell or buy art. We’re not an auction site and make nothing from the sale ourselves. We only charge a one-off fee to advertise the work for a month and people don’t need to register to use the site.”

“Already we are encouraged by how people have responded to it. It’s very, very positive and I believe it will grow steadily.”

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