Sample Appraisal: Joan Miro, Aquarell, Goache

Sample Appraisal: Joan Miro, Aquarell, Goache

Appraisal ID: 10312
Appraised On: Jan 22, 2006
Market Value: $ 75.00
Replacement Value: $ 100.00


Joan Miro (1893-1983) of Spain was a prolific abstract artist who
created in every conceivable media. He had thousands of pieces to his
credit including paintings, sculptures, tapestries, photographs, and
ceramics. Miro’s style was influenced in varying degrees by Surrealism
and Dada, yet he rejected membership to any artistic movement. If this
multimedia piece is genuine, it is worth about $200,000, However, we
believe this is a fake. The comments by the current owner regarding the
difficulty of obtaining authentication are simply ridiculous. One does
not need to speak to an artist’s family – there are other ways to
establish the truth. One is the signature, which we checked against
samples in our database. It is suspiciously different from any of our
samples, particularly in the M. As for the style, it bears a resemblance
to Miro’s, but typically Miro’s work isn’t quite so disjointed. All in
all, we would be very hesitant to appraise this as the genuine article.
Date/Period of Manufacture: 20th C
Condition: excellent
Manufacturer/Artist/Author: Joan Miro
Dimensions (HxWxD): The paper size is 35,3 x 28 cm.
Inscription: signed lower right
History/Provenance: 1893–1983, Spanish painter,
sculptor, graphic artist, and ceramist, who worked in France. He is
generally considered in his technical virtuosity, enormous versatility,
and incredible originality and prolificacy to have been the foremost
figure in 20th-century art.

Here are the facts: This painting does not have a provenance.

This is not stolen.

This item has been examined by many experts and dated all experts
believe this is an original Miro but because it does not have a
provenance it has not been authenticated. Offers had been made to
purchase it without this authentication but were declined because they
were too low, and at the time I thought it would be easy to get it

An art dealer had it in her possession for several months trying to get a
provenance for it and was going to take it to Europe to be examined by
members of the Miro family for authentication, which i could not afford,
which is why I am selling it here.

In 1986 or 1987 I was given this painting and some other memorabilia
from the collection of man who had served in Europe during World War 2,
(when he returned to the U.S. he bought this and other items home with
him), he had recently passed away and his wife was giving away the
belongings from the house. The house was being sold.

The paper size is 35,3 x 28 cm. Oil chalk?, Aquarell, Goache, Ink

private collection : Weltweit, Germany

This online appraisal report is an appraisal expert’s opinion of
value based on market comparable research of the item description and
images supplied by our customer. No further guarantee of authenticity,
genuineness, attribution or authorship is represented.

Current Fair Market Value is the price agreed on between a
willing buyer and seller, neither being required to act, and both having
reasonable knowledge of the facts.

Replacement Value is the price in terms of money that would be
required to replace the property in question with another of similar
age, quality, origin, appearance, provenance and condition, within a
reasonable length of time in an appropriate market.

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