23 February 2012 by Michael Prodger

Art sales: the five best sites

Last week, London’s modern art sales fiesta finished £186 million up. Not all good art is eye-wateringly expensive, though, says Michael Prodger

Culture_Five best sites to buy artGoldmark Art

A fine-art supermarket, its shelves groaning with 25,000 pieces (sculptures and ceramics as well as prints) from 300 big-name 20th-century artists. Prices range from the hundreds to the low thousands: £450 for a Chagall lithograph or £795 for a signed Henry Moore etching of an elephant’s skull. Visit Goldmark Art.

Original Prints

A compendium site for high-quality modern prints. Reputable dealers, mostly from Britain and the US, put their stock online, you search by artist (there are hundreds, from Arp to Zorn) and up pop the available pieces, with prices and contact details. Visit Original Prints

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The works of Brit Art’s usual suspects – Hirst, Collishaw, Craig-Martin et al – to own in digital form. You can buy a limited edition piece for anything from six to 600 Euros and then download it in high-res to your smartphone, tablet, laptop or television (and keep Tracey Emin close, should you want to). Visit s[edition]

St Jude’s Prints

Keepers of the quirky English printmaking tradition. It has some familiar names (Rob Ryan) and a cluster of yet-to-be-discovereds, with prices from under £50 to £600 plus. The overall aesthetic is the homely but well-crafted 1940s and 1950s style as exemplified by Bawden and Ravilious. Visit St Jude’s Prints.

Direct from The Artist

A site where you can buy pieces from the artists themselves to make the experience personal. Amanda-Sue Rope, for example, paints distinctive, graphically-grounded but subtle watercolours. Liza Dracup’s atmospheric photographs of birds and landscapes, meanwhile, teeter on the verge of haunting. Visit Direct from The Artist.

Michael is the art critic on Standpoint magazine, was literary editor of The Sunday Telegraph, has written on art for numerous newspapers and been a judge on panels including the Man Booker

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