Posted October 9, 2002
Lawrence's Dealer Print Prices, 2002-1992 CD-ROM, published by Gordon's Art Reference, contains retail prices for over 255,000 prints by more than 15,000 artists, from the famous to the obscure. Prices for prints in all price ranges are taken from domestic and international dealer catalogues and inventories that date primarily from 1991 through 2001, but a number of entries have been taken from hard-to-find retail price resources dating from 1970-1990. Every entry includes data such as the artist's name, nationality, birth and death dates, image title, dimensions, edition size, signature information, date of the print, and a reference number to the dealer selling it.
Lawrence's is the only existing published database of retail dealer prices in the art business. Retail prices are normally privileged information shared exclusively by specialist dealers and advanced collectors, but Lawrence's changes all that. Now anyone can use this information to evaluate selling prices and buy, sell, donate, or appraise prints more effectively.
For those of you who collect prints, Lawrence's can also be used as a catalogue to shop for images or artists that you collect. Full contact information for all dealers who provided price data is included in an index of worldwide print dealers on the CD-ROM, so when you see an image you might want to own, you can locate the dealer who offered it, find out whether it's still available, and buy it. You can also find out whether the dealer has any other images by the same artist. Additional indexes list dealers by specialties and geographic locations. Comprehensive bibliographies of catalogues raisonne and general print reference works round out this terrific price reference.
Gordon's also publishes an annual hard-copy version of Lawrence's. The 2002 edition contains over 30,000 detailed retail print price records that appeared in dealer catalogues and inventories during the calendar year 2001. A number of hard-to-find entries from earlier years are also included. All dealer indexes and print reference book bibliographies found on the CD-ROM are included in the hard-copy version.
Lawrence's is an essential reference for anyone appraising or transacting in fine prints at any level of the trade.
Lawrence's Dealer Print Prices, 2002-1992 CD-ROM, Jeff Blue, managing editor, Gordon's Art Reference, Phoenix, AZ, 2002, initial subscription $595, subsequent annual updates $195.
Lawrence's Dealer Print Prices, 2002, Jeff Blue, managing editor. Gordon's Art Reference, Phoenix, AZ, 2002, hardbound, 8 7/8 by 11 1/4 inches, 987 pages, $175.
Available from Gordon's Art Reference, 306 Coronado Road, Phoenix, AZ; 1-800-892-4622; or visit Gordon's Art Reference online.