Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Well the first question is who is Paul N. Norton?
"Paul N. Norton (February 15, 1909 in Moline, Illinois – 1984) was an American artist. The son of a railway clerk, Norton painted more than 500 watercolors in his career, and also created many memorable logos for companies such as Dairy Queen, Pella Windows, and others. His paintings can be found hanging in the White House, U.S. Capitol, the Iowa Governor's Mansion, and Tahoma Vista Village among others."
Recently it seems there is a spike in number of people trying to figure out how much Paul N. Norton's artworks worth. And there seems to be a lot of art prints floating around. As with any art it is only worth what people are willing to pay for it, but I did some research and here is what I found out. Disclaimer: This is a guideline and personal opinion only – this is not a proof or solid fact, so use it wisely.
I will not mention all the sources that I had to researched over the years for one simple reason, there are too many and not all of them look very reliable. The feeling I got from my research is this:
High quality art print on watercolor paper can range from $50.00 to $500.00. The price is based on how rare the print is and this is including the frame. I have not yet come across artwork that is not a watercolor so I would say as long as it is a watercolor it and it is an original it can probably go as high as $5000.00.
Limited edition prints will fetch more, but again I haven't seen or heard about any of them. However, there are many high quality prints on watercolor paper and the most common question is "Do I have an original or a copy". Most of the prints have brown protective paper glued to the back, but an easy way to determine if it is an original or a print is to use a magnifying glass. If you see dots it is not an original. Watercolor paint is absorbed by the paper and sometimes even 'bleeds' through it if a lot is used, so dots or sharp end at the edges is a good indication that you are dealing with a high quality print rather than original.
Please do not e-mail or call me to find out how much your Paul N. Norton art worth. You can post a comment here and I'll reply. If you have sold an original or art print please share you experience here – solid figures are appreciated.
In the end the best advice is – contact your local art gallery and they should be able to give you an estimate, if not then you are working with the wrong gallery.
My Paul N. Norton watercolor print for sale.