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How to Find and Buy Original Art Online
Go to eBay and click on Art, and you'll have a choice of over 200,000 listings.
How do you find what you want? How do you know if it is
an original? How do you wade past all the mass produced copies? There is a wealth of original art at fabulous prices on eBay.
Your very best chance of finding Original Art is to buy directly from the artist.
eBay has a category called "Self Representing Artist", also known as SRA. This category was created by eBay so the artist can sell their original artwork directly to you,
This site has been created for you, so that you can find Original Art without having to search through thousands of mass produced copies.
Some "copies" might slip in, but we've done our best to link to Original Art sold by the artist.
Want to start looking right now?
to view art auctions by Self-Representing Artists that are ending soon.
If you are not a member of eBay you can use the link below to register.
Becoming a member is fast, easy, safe, and FUN!
Click here to join eBay!
Before you can buy you have to find something you like.
We have put together a list of Tips to help you find what you are looking for in the least amount of time.
My number one tip is:
Don't use plurals! If you are looking for a painting DO NOT type "paintings" into the search. Ebay's search can not deal with plurals,
and you will get results that won't be of much help in your search. For more tips Click the link below.
Click here for the full list of search tips.
Buying Original Art on eBay can be tricky. eBay is not selling the art, individual people list the art for sale.
Many sellers in the "Art Category" are
not the artist. In fact many sellers buy stacks of paintings and prints from "art factories" overseas and try to pass them off as "originals.
together a list of "Buying Tips" when you are looking for Original Art on eBay. Check them out before you start looking.
Click here Buying Tips.
A "self representing artist", or SRA, means that you are buying directly from the artist. No Galleries to deal with. NO gallery fees added
onto the price. It means you are dealing directly with the person who created the artwork.
eBay even created a separate sub category under "Art"
as a place for buyers to find artwork directly from the original artist. It is called the "Self Representing Artist" Category and you can click on
the link below to go directly to that category to begin your search for fabulous original art at equally fantastic prices.
Click here for the eBay "Self Representing Artist" Category
Product Finder is the set of drop down menus
in the left margin of the page just under the words "Prints Painting Finder" that allows you to search by Type/medium/ subject/ style.
eBay has recently added the option to
to filter by "original artist" or "Reproductions". We, of course, recommend you choose "Original Artist".
This "Prints Painting Finder" can help you narrow down your search
if you have some idea of what you are looking for, but be aware that even if you are already in the self representing artist category,
the results of this Finder will return results in ALL of the Art categories with no way to get results only in the self representing artist category.
We encourage you to check out this new Art Auction website. It has only art related auctions. Many of the artists that sell on other
auction sites also list here, so you may well find your favorite artist here. It is new but it is also growing fast. And finding something
you like is much easier at this new site.
Click here to go to Art By US.
Many of you may be familiar with eBay the online auctions site, but may not know that eBay also hosts
"eBay stores" where items can be purchased immediately
using their "Buy It Now" option, without bidding. The items in the stores do not show up when you do a search of the eBay auctions, except for
a small link at the bottom of each search results page.
Many Self Representing Artist have set up eBay stores as an online gallery to sell
their original works of art and Prints of their works. We have a list of some of these stores in the left hand margin of this page. If you would like
to view a complete list of the available eBay stores / galleries by self representing artists, click the link below.
SRA eBay Online Art Galleries
If you sell your own artwork on eBay or Art by Us, or both, we'd love to add you to our site. Just click on the link below and send us
the information we need to add you.
Click here to be added to this website.
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I want to thank each one of you for visiting this website. I hope it has been helpful to you. If you have
any questions or suggestions please feel free to email me. Just click here to send an email.
I hope you find just the right piece of art to start or add to your collection of original art, and may you enjoy it for many years to come.
Vivian Ashmore Shepardson
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