How to Sell Inuit Soapstone Carvings

Message to clients: We do not purchase carvings from private sellers. Our mandate is to support the Inuit carvers only. 

We have been getting a lot of questions lately like “how do I sell my Inuit art collection that I inherited?” or “I am downsizing and cannot bring my large collection of Inuit soapstone carvings with me, what would you recommend?” There are many ways to sell you soapstone sculptures, here are a few of them.

First and foremost, you absolutely need to get your piece appraised. To do this, you need to contact a certified Inuit art gallery in your local area. If you are not in a location where there is an Inuit art gallery, we offer appraisals via correspondence. Here is the link on our gallery website which will guide you through the entire process.

Why is this first step so crucial? Because it will give assertion to your potential buyer that the piece is authentic, is worth what you say its worth, and includes a certified document. Having your piece appraised is the same as having a carfax review when buying a pre-owned vehicle, or having an evaluator appraise a home in order for the bank to issue a mortgage.

Once this step is complete, then the second step is to try to find a buyer.

NOTE** WE DO BUY PIECES FROM TIME TO TIME. Please do not call us. Instead, send us pics, description, artist name and measurements with AN ASKING PRICE to info@inuitsculptures.com.

We will not entertain any offers without an asking price.

Also, you are contacting us, we are not contacting you. So to finalize any sale, you must send it to us first. Upon delivery and acceptance, we will pay you for the agreed upon amount.

Some other Inuit art galleries may be interested, however, they are usually accustomed to buying directly from the Inuit. However, if it is a rare and older piece, they may be interested and can offer a fair price for them.

Second, advertise your collection of Inuit sculptures on Kijiji and Craigslist. It won't cost you anything and you’ll get a world wide exposure. Try to take good pictures, it may even be worth going to a photographer and getting professional pictures done.  

Third, contact auction houses that sell Inuit art. Two major ones are Waddingtons; based in Toronto, and Walkers; based in Ottawa. Google them for contact info. They run Inuit art auctions two-three times a year and are constantly looking for pieces to take on consignment. Usually you would have to pay an insertion fee even if your soapstone carvings doesn’t sell, so it’s a bit of a risk.

Last, but not the least, go to your local antique shops and ask them if they would be willing to take a look at your collection and possibly buy it.



Comment on this post (32 comments)

  • Wanda Budgell says...

    How recent does the appraisal need to be?

    July 22, 2018

  • Robert McCulloch says...

    I am interested in acquiring a Billy Gauthier carving. Please email pictures, any info you have on the carving, and asking price.

    November 27, 2017

  • David says...

    Has the Billy Gauthier carving described by Vince on October 12, 2017 been sold? Ian very interested if it is available. Thank you for a response.

    November 05, 2017

  • Vince says...

    I have a soapstone carving we receive for a Christmas from Billy Gauthier ,,,,it a drumdancer ….Price $2400.00 firm …contact me will send picture…

    October 12, 2017

  • Mark says...

    After reading the notes, we find we also fall into the normal category of inherited Inuit art work. We are from Alaska, but now live in south central Washington. Any help in finding the values or the market for these items would be greatly appreciated. Thank you, Mark Hanson
    907-267-9522 or mortsdad@hotmail.com
    Please do not post my questions.

    October 11, 2017

  • Wendy says...

    I have a soapstone carving of a loon on a rock..loons beak appears to be made of bone or some other material. It is signed ny Isaac P. Cobb. Wondering about the value. Thank you!

    October 02, 2017

  • Jim says...

    Cheryl we have a sculpture of what you describe from the Yellowknife area 14 inches tall 12 pounds app, black with green stone base currently looking for appraisal if you are interested.

    August 15, 2017

  • Cathryn says...

    I have what looks like a 14.5’ Dancing Walrus but I can’t find a signature and I have no tag. It is definitely large, heavy and soapstone. I need to get an appraisal and sell it. I don’t know how. Any help is appreciated.

    Thank you.
    Cat

    July 18, 2017

  • Cheryl says...

    Hello
    I’ve been searching for a soapstone carving of a hunter with a bear on his back. I’ve never been able to find one like it. it was purchased in Manitoba probably back in the 60’s or 70’s. I was wondering about it’s value.
    Thank you

    February 26, 2017

  • Winnie Eckert says...

    I have a beautiful carving with Siku signature on it. It is definitely soap stone. It was purchased in early 90’ in Iqaluit, Articles that I have read seem to allude that these may not be authentic but see some on sale as original. I would be grateful for any information about this signature.

    Thank you

    February 26, 2017

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