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Cost of Your Art Collection: Installation and Conservation.
Budgeting for Conservation
First, check with your insurance agent as your policy might cover the cost of conservation.
Peter Himmelstein, a paintings conservator at Appelbaum & Himmelstein Conservators and Consultants, says a small painting with an average amount of restoration work can cost $800 to $1,000 while a larger painting with damages can cost $10,000 to $15,000.
Conservation efforts will begin with an evaluation and consultation in your home but more often will be completed in a lab. Costs for a general consultation can range from free assessments with MD Art Conservation to a fee of $100 a piece by the Conservation Center.You can run additional assessment services. For instance, an x-ray to examine damage in finer detail can cost between $400 to $1,000.
Every conservation effort is different and depends on the damage. Cleaning an oil painting can range from $100 to $250 an hour. Textile conservation ranges from $60 to $175 an hour. Paper-based conservation can range from $85 to $150 an hour.
All in all, the price tag of your artwork is not just the one you saw at an auction house or in a gallery. To protect and preserve your investment, it’s important to consider factors like proper and secure installation along with conservation to maintain its condition and value.
Reasonable Expectations: What Will It Cost?
Some installers charge a flat trip charge, which will cover the cost of their travel, ladders, tools, and specialty hardware. This fee is dependant on your city and the accessibility of your location. In New York City, this fee can range from $125 to $300, while in Denver the fee ranges from $75 to $100.
It is not uncommon for a professional installer or installation service to charge by the hour which can range from $40 - $85 an hour for a single professional.The nationwide average cost to hang a single picture is $60, but this is also dependant on the installation surface. For example, a drywall hanging of a framed print can range from $40 to $120 and hanging the same print on a stone wall can range from $100 to $200.
Find a professional installer or installation service you are comfortable with that is insured. Ask your local network of galleries and other collectors for recommendations or try an online professional service finder.