Midland Park, New Jersey (PRWEB) September 17, 2011
In response to the Antiques Roadshow, American Pickers, Pawn Stars and Buried Treasure, many people are wondering if they can actually make a living searching for valuable art at garage sales and flea markets.
"Absolutely," says Les Fox, 64, a successful art dealer and N.Y. Times bestselling author. "If you're looking for a challenging job opportunity, I will train you to be an art purchasing agent. No investment is required. Only intelligence and motivation. And you can work from your home."
Fox, who will be publishing a new book titled "The Art Buyers Handbook: How To Buy Art For $5 And Sell It For $1,000,000" (catchy title), buys dozens of 19th and 20th century paintings a year. They come from garage and estate sales, consignment shops, antique centers. A woman who owns a hot dog stand recently found a damaged painting which she thought was ugly. Fox bought and restored it to sell at auction in December. He expects it to bring thousands of dollars and will share the auction profit with her 50-50."
His wife and business partner of 43 years, Sue Fox explained why Les is offering to train Art Purchasing Agents, and how the job works. "Everyone loves art. But most people have no idea what it's worth. Millions of people walk past paintings worth thousands of dollars, which we identify and purchase in our Art Auction Partnership program. When one of our agents finds something interesting, they email us photos, the size of the painting and the artist's name. We begin our appraisal on AskArt.com, who maintains a database of over 200,000 artists and 2,000,000 photos. If a painting is valuable, we tell them what it's worth and how much to pay. We handle the financing. We offer our agents full support, and we are willing to travel to authenticate and buy higher priced art."
"Our purchasing agents never lose money," added Les. "They work for us, and we back them all the way. We guarantee a minimum 10% commission, plus 50-50 profit sharing at auction. We sell at Sotheby's, Christies and many other fine auction houses, as well as on eBay."
"This is not a gimmick," Les promised. "There are no enrollment fees, no training costs and no cash outlays. This is a personal training program based on trust. If you are highly motivated to learn about art, we will teach you how to be a successful art dealer."
The Foxes buy original oil paintings, including modern art, by artists listed on AskArt. They do not buy prints or reproductions. "Valuable paintings can be discovered if you have a good eye," said Sue. "We are especially interested in paintings by Emile Gruppe, Anthony Thieme, Fern Coppedge, Rolph Scarlett, Conrad Marca-relli (a 1950's Jackson Pollock contemporary), Hayley Lever, and hundreds of other artists whose paintings were bought decades ago for a fraction of their current values."
Question: Has anyone actually bought a painting for $5 and sold it for $1,000,000, as their new book suggests? "Yes," says Les. "In 2001, a man in Los Angeles bought a 12" x 20" oil painting in a garage sale for $5. "Ripening Pears" turned out to be a masterpiece by the American still life painter Joseph Decker. The painting was sold to the National Gallery of Art in 2004, for $1,000,000. This story will be featured in our new book. There are incredible opportunities if you know what to look for. Forget Picassos. Most Picassos are prints or fakes. We concentrate on paintings worth $2,500 to $25,000. And we will teach you how to find them."
West Highland Art Auction Brokers is seeking to add 50 new agents to its national staff.
In addition to paintings, the Foxes are experts in auction quality antiques, such as Tiffany lamps, as well as rare coins. They have written and published 12 books since 1977.