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AVIATION ART VALUATIONS

Welcome to the section of the site where we keep you up to date with whats happening to the value of your aviation art collection. Whether you have earmarked some of your collection as ‘Pension Plan’ or if you just need to be properly insured, values are important.

Valuations section updated Autumn 2009.

We have again given UK values for Robert Taylor and Nicolas Trudgian and US values for William Phillips. This is because the dollar/pound exchange rate continues to fluctuate significantly making it very difficult to establish ‘global’ values.

The past 2 years have been difficult for the whole retail sector including the fine art market, which has been the worst it has been for many years, both here and in the USA. This has inevitably had an impact on the secondary market and although prices have held up pretty well, high value items are taking longer to find a buyer, so bear this in mind if you are looking to sell now. Our past experience tells us that the situation will improve as the broader economics of the country do.

Robert Taylor
Values of rare items, particularly Luftwaffe subjects, have edged up slightly despite the economic background. Robert’s latest book Air Combat Paintings Volume V has helped keep interest high. Schweinfurt and Doolittle editions have been released recently - subjects that are always popular.

Nicolas Trudgian
Most of our valuations have been raised a little, as with Robert Taylor, Luftwaffe subjects have performed best since our last review.

William Phillips
Valuations have remained stable over the last 12 months. He only releases very occasionally now, generally only one or two a year, this coupled with similar economic factors in the USA that are affecting the UK, has had the effect of discouraging new collectors.

What to Buy?

Often we are asked by new collectors what are the best prints to buy in terms of potential increases in value. There is not necessarily a straight forward answer to the question as many factors can affect a print’s value (for more on this read our Secondary Market section). However there are certain subjects that have proved consistently popular, the top two being the Dambusters and Doolittle Raids, most things signed by aircrew from these historic events will be in demand and they rarely come up for sale on the secondary markets. We have noticed collectors wanting to sell whole collections will still keep back these subjects for themselves.

As a general rule it makes sense to buy items that are still available at their issue price if you are looking for the greatest potential. The selections below have been chosen because there are still copies available (at the time of writing).

Dambusters - The Impossible Mission by Robert Taylor

Dambusters
The Impossible Mission

Robert Taylor

Into the Teeth of the Wind
Robert Taylor

Into the Teeth of the Wind by Robert Taylor

617 Squadron subjects and signatures generally are very popular, particularly the Tirpitz Raid.

Welcome Home
Stephen Brown

Welcome Home by Stephen Brown

Sinking the Tirpitz
Nicolas Trudgian

Sinking the Tirpitz by Nicolas Trudgian

Following close behind would be the Schweinfurt and Ploesti raids.

Schweinfurt
The Second Mission
Robert Taylor

Schweinfurt - The Second Mission by Robert Taylor

Operation Tidal Wave
Nicolas Trudgian

Operation Tidal Wave by Nicolas Trudgian

You can’t go too far wrong with the Battle of Britain although its now getting harder for publishers to find good signatories.

The Battle for Britain
Robert Taylor

The Battle for Britain by Robert Taylor

First Light
Gerald Coulson

First Light by Gerald Coulson

Luftwaffe subjects and signers in general have proved consistently popular with increasing interest recently in the jet fighter pilots.

Savage Skies
Robert Taylor

Savage Skies by Robert Taylor

Alpine Thunder
Nicolas Trudgian

Alpine Thunder by Nicolas Trudgian

Other subjects that are also popular with the right signatures include D-Day, Toranto, the Memphis Belle, Concorde and Kursk. Our review has a UK orientation where Pacific War subjects are understandably in less demand. Having said that there are many titles that command good secondary market prices here, for example Zero Encounter (Taylor), Pacific Morning (Kodera), Jolly Rogers (Trudgian) and most prints depicting the Flying Tigers.

Hellcat Fury
Robert Taylor

Hellcat Fury by Robert Taylor

Black Sheep
Nicolas Trudgian

Black Sheep by Nicolas Trudgian

As always we must add the cautionary note that valuing prints is not an exact science and predicting which will do well is even harder so if in doubt make sure you buy images you like anyway - just in case.

Read more about secondary market
values

Voyage Into Destiney by Robert Taylor

Read more about Robert Taylor print values.

I Could Never be so Lucky Again by William Phillips

Read more about William Phillips print values

Duxford Eagles by Nicolas Trudgian

Read more about Nicolas Trudgian print values

Visit our new web site

AviationArtBooks.com

Dedicated to aviation art books it has reviews and books for sale online.

Robert Taylor Air Combat Paintings Volume V

Robert Taylor
Air Combat Paintings
Volume V
read our review

Into the Sunlit Splendor by William Phillips

William S Phillips
Into the Sunlit Splendor
read our review

Nicolas Trudgian - Air Combat Legends Vol II

Nicolas Trudgian
Air Combat Legends
Vol II
read our review

Interested in Concorde?

For a fantastic selection of pilot signed prints depicting this supersonic icon, visit our sister site:

Concorde-Art-World.com
 

Early Morning Arrival by Stephen Brown

All images copyright the artists / publishers.

Print Care

We are so often asked about storing and caring for prints that we thought it may be useful to list some of our recommendations here.

1. If you are going to frame the print have it done by a framer that will use conservation methods i.e. acid free board, acid free tape etc. - prints should always be framed with a mount and not be in direct contact with the glass.

2. Framed prints should be hung where they will not be subject to any direct sunlight - printing methods are much better these days but no print will survive direct sun. It is now possible to use a special UV filter type glass which will help reduce fading quite significantly. It is fairly expensive but should be considered for valuable prints. Some collectors also rotate their picture displays periodically, with the ones not on display being kept in a dark, dry storage area. This reduces the prints ‘lifetime’ exposure to light and also helps solve the problem of insufficient wall space to display a collection.

3. Unframed prints should be stored flat between acid free material and again kept away from unnecessary lighting. A browser sleeve from your local gallery is the ideal thing - the kind they use to display prints so that people can look through them without handling them.

4. You should physically touch the print as little as possible - even clean fingers will leave a small oily residue which will pick up dust - in the gallery we only ever handle prints with clean, lint-free white cotton gloves.

5. It is common misconception that the shipping tube is good place to store your prints - they are in fact a hostile environment, The tubes are usually made from a cheap cardboard material and chemicals are likely to leech out over time and damage the print – this often manifests itself in a light grey mottling known as ‘foxing’. Plus, every time you take the print out to show someone it receives unnecessary handling. Also prints that have been stored this way for many years may be impossible to get flat again. It is for this reason that we ship prints flat wherever possible - it costs us more in postage but it’s the best way.

6. Certificates - these are fairly important and will undermine a print’s value if you don’t have them or they are in bad condition. Store them carefully but not in with the prints as they are not generally printed on acid free paper. If you have a photocopier, or better still a digital camera, take a copy of each certificate and store it in a safe place, preferably at a different location to the prints. Then if you have a fire or theft it will make life much easier when it comes to making an insurance claim.

7. Signing events - we know that many collectors take prints to airshows and other signing events to have extra signatures added. The irony is that any extra value the signatures bring is usually more than offset by the condition the print ends up in after all the handling. Try taking one of the gallery browser sleeves mentioned above and cutting a window in it of suitable size and location so that it exposes just the bottom area of the print where you want it signed. In this way you dont need to handle the actual print at all and the minimum of area is exposed to potential damage.
 

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