Verify the value.

Know how much your work of art is really worth with an authentication report from Mearto's experienced art research team.

Use the form below to tell us more about your piece and we'll reply with a recommended research plan, and a no-obligation quote to confirm its authenticity.

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Should I authenticate my work of art?

Has it been given a "conditional" valuation by a Mearto appraisal specialist?

Has it been valued at US $3000 or more?

Has it been attributed to an artist with an extensive auction record?

If you can answer 'yes' to any of the questions above, you should submit your work of art for authentication research.

This rare woodblock print was discovered in a thrift shop in North Carolina and subsequently attributed to Salvador Dalí.

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How does it work and how much does it cost?

Because no two works of art are the same, the authentication process and its associated fees vary. We don’t have fixed prices, which allows us to be flexible and find a solution that works for your budget.

To get a personalized quote, please submit at least one high-resolution image of your artwork, along with some information about its known provenance and how it was acquired, with our easy-to-use online form:

Within 48 hours or less, you’ll receive information and a proposal from one of our authentication research specialists. This proposal may include a combination of the following techniques, commonly used for art authentication:

Comparative Analysis

A side-by-side comparison of your work of art to others that have been positively attributed to the artist in question. We form a professional option based on careful consideration of many factors related to the artist's documented technique and stylistic preferences.

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Provenance Research

The important task of tracing your work of art all the way back to the artist who created it. We search the world’s top libraries and archives to fill in the missing pieces of your artwork’s history with records of sale and exhibition, legal documents and old photographs.

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Scientific
Analysis

The use of special technology to look beneath the surface of a work of art and study the materials that were used to create it. We look for attribution clues with the aid of advanced imaging, and can accurately date a work of art by testing pigment and other material samples.

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What is the difference between an appraisal and authentication?

An appraisal is the estimate of an item's value. Authentication is an in-depth investigative research process used to determine whether an artwork's attribution (who made it) is accurate.

Can I have a work of art appraised online by Mearto without purchasing an authentication product?

Absolutely! In fact, we recommend that you start with a conditional valuation, so you know how much your work of art could be worth before investing time and money into the authentication process. Our specialists can determine the fair market value of your artwork (on condition of authenticity) within 48 hours for just $19.

Does Mearto need to see the artwork in person to authenticate it?

For the first two steps, comparative analysis and provenance research, we can work from photographs and the information that you provide through our online form. For the third and final step scientific analysis, an in-person physical inspection of the artwork is necessary.

Which artists does Mearto authenticate?

Mearto can authenticate any work of art from the secondary market with a minimum estimated value of $1,000 or more. We examine paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures and some works of decorative art. We have experience with hundreds of artists, from household names like Monet, Van Gogh and Picasso to the more obscure, across nearly every genre and from all over the world. If the artist you are looking for does not appear in our online form, please send an inquiry by email to [email protected].

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Do major auction houses and galleries accept Mearto’s opinion of authenticity?

Though we cannot guarantee that a consignment decision would be made based on our report, we do work very closely with a number of leading gallery and auction house partners. Because our conclusion is backed by extensive findings, our positive opinion would increase confidence in the authenticity of your artwork, and the probability of successful consignment and sale.

Can Mearto help me sell my work of art?

If our opinion of authenticity is positive, we are happy to put you in contact with our auction house and gallery partners. We do not facilitate private sales.

Will Mearto research the authenticity of my artwork on commission?

No. To maintain our integrity as a research organization, we do not offer our services in exchange for a commission or percentage of sale, as this would create a conflict of interest. Our fees are determined on an individual basis and must be paid in full before research can begin.

Does Mearto offer a Certificate of Authenticity (COA)?

If our team of specialists is confident in the authenticity of your artwork, we will issue a one-page document, or “certificate,” as evidence of our professional opinion. This document cannot be purchased, is not a warranty or guarantee of authenticity and is issued at our sole discretion, based on our research results.

To learn more about the difference between our certificate and a Certificate of Authenticity, please click HERE.

Can Mearto tell me who created my artwork?

If your work of art is not signed, or if you are not sure who created it, we may be able to provide an attribution. Please send at least one high-resolution image of your artwork, along with some information about its known provenance and how it was acquired, to [email protected]. We will review your submission, then present research options and pricing if an attribution is possible.