Frequently asked questions
Do you ship worldwide?
We ship anywhere FedEx delivers.
Do you buy Original Escher Artwork?
We are not interested in reproductions.
What is the value of an original Escher artwork?
The range is from a few hundred dollars to well over a hundred thousand dollars. The least expensive prints tend to be smaller, lesser known pieces. That being said, you can find prints that are “classic” Escher works in excellent condition for a couple thousand dollars.
Condition is a major factor in value. Baseball cards, coins, vintage cars, comic boois, art, along with any other collectible have the same factors driving value: rarity, desirability, and condition. This explains why you can buy a rough first edition of the "Howard the Duck" comic book for $50 and a first printing of Action Comics #1 (the original Superman comic) for 3 million dollars.
Do you appraise or authenticate Escher artwork?
Yes to both. Please be prepared to send detailed photographs as a starting point.
Please do not simply send an email that says, "My grandpa always had an Escher print in his office. I know it's old and grandad was rich, so it must be real, what is it worth?" You might think I am being snarky, but incomplete emails lacking photographs that turn out to be posters are more common than emails regarding original Escher artworks. As a sign of his popularity, there are far mroe Escher posters out there than original works.
Is owning an Escher a good investment?
Upper echelon artists accrue value over time. The artists that epitomize their genre will not be replaced and will remain famous in perpetuity. No one will replace Picasso as the essence of Cubism, or Dali as the archetype Surrealist, nor Escher as the master of tessellation or the creator of impossible buildings.
That said, the art world is not immune to price adjustments just like any other market. My personal belief is that any artist that enters the collective consciousness of the world will be a stable investment. In other words, the names we all know because they are referenced daily (Picasso, Dali, Warhol, Escher) will steadily increase value.
I also believe the only reason you should buy a piece of art is because you love it. Owning art for the sake of investment is a monetary risk in more ways than one. The market demand is the minor issue. Protecting the artwork is more important. A piece that fades, suffers water damage, or molding while in your care is likely to lose value much faster than gaining it.
Personally, I am always fluctuating between awe and disbelief that I have artwork created by Escher's hands. I've spent countless hours over the last 20 years examining his works and every day I am still amazed. If you can relate to that concept, then that alone is the reason to own an Escher.
Where are you located? Do you have a gallery?
Just north of San Francisco. I do everything privately as maintaining a public gallery space for a worldwide audience is not economically sound.
Who are you?
My name is Salvatore Iaquinta. I have been a lifelong fan of MC Escher and I dedicate as much time as I can to learning about Escher and his artwork. I am proud to have made some novel obervations and scholarly contributions to the greater understanding of Escher's artwork. I plan on doing more!
I'm always thrilled to find an Escher a new home - I just wish that home could always be mine.