By Roger Chartier
When you buy any art work, you should consider that in the future, it will probably get passed down, and or sold at some time.
In that case, a proper bill of sale or receipt is crucial to prove ownership.
When settling an estate, this is vital, as well.
This form also serves to document and help to authenticate the item as a genuine piece of art by a specific artist.
The bill of sale is for the artwork only and not the copyright. The artist retains the copyright unless otherwise noted.
The value of art is very much based on whom the artist is, and when it was created.
Offered here, as a free download to print, provides a format for those questions and answers that will document the art, therefore, proving it's value.
In this sort of case, you would be requiring better documentation than if you bought a chair at a yard sale.
Bill of Sale For Art
Buyers will have more confidence when getting that piece of paper in hand as a receipt for the money they handed over and to show ownership of the item.
It also shows a greater respect for what is being bought or sold.
One form can serve for items that are part of a series or group collection although it might be suggested that, for multiple items, multiple forms would be more appropriate.
As a seller if you only have a generic receipt book type sales slip for your customer then you are devaluing the art in their eyes.
As a seller, it is to your advantage to leave the buyer feeling confident thereby increasing the chance that they will feel good about doing business with you again in the future..
You can download and print the wonderful "Bill of Sale for Art" form by clicking here.
See some excellent artwork by Cape Cod Artist Melanie Chartier. (Pictured above)
Feel free to share the Bill of Sale for Art with friends, family, co-workers, associates, customers, ex-wives, ex-husbands and everyone that you know.
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