Eventually the time comes to find a new home for a beloved collection. Here are some suggestions for individuals who wish to either sell or donate some or all of the art from their collections
Give your collection to a museum
Sell your collection through an auction house
There are two major Canadian auction houses that have Inuit art specialists and hold semi-annual auctions of Inuit and First Nations art. Other auction houses may offer Inuit art on an irregular or regular basis, but not to the extent of the two companies listed below.
Inuit art specialists since 1978, Waddington’s in Toronto, Canada, is a respected auction house that will help you value and sell your piece(s).
Walkers Auctions in Ottawa, Canada, conducts two major auctions of Inuit and First Nations art annually in May and November. Ingo Hessel is a well-respected curator and author who has been involved with Inuit art for over 30 years.
Sell on consignment or outright to a gallery
Sell through the IAS
Sell through the IAS Marketplace
The online IAS Marketplace website offers members of the Inuit Art Society an opportunity to sell individual pieces.
Sell at the IAS Annual Meeting
Members may sell up to three pieces at each IAS Annual Meeting without any remuneration taken by the IAS.
Special Note: IAS is not qualified to either identify or value pieces. IAS members are able to use the Marketplace page on the IAS website to communicate pieces for sale. This is a courtesy offered to members and no commission is taken by the IAS. However, a donation to the IAS designated for use by its Charitable Giving Committee would be appreciated.