This Beauty is Missing :(

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The framed photo of this beauty is missing.  I had it on consignment in a gallery in Northern Virginia along with the framed photo of this beauty:

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This one I got back, and thankfully because this was a color film print.  The photo above is a digital print and can be easily duplicated.  But, the framing and the glass were so expensive for both of these prints and I had them framed before I really knew what I was doing in the art of selling my photography.  So lesson learned, and I was willing to let both of these framed prints go for way less than I paid to have them framed.  That won't happen again either.

So I had both of these framed horse photos in the gallery and they didn't sell, so the owner e-mailed me and asked if I was willing to reduce my prices.  While she realized I had used museum quality glass, photos of this size were selling for much less.  So I agreed to lower my prices.  This was in November, in the height of a lot of craziness going on in my life, and had I really sat down and thought about it, I would have collected my pieces and said thank you very much.  But I didn't do that.

Fast forward to about three weeks ago.  I emailed the owner and said since I haven't heard from you, I assume my pieces haven't sold, and I will send someone to collect them.  No response.  So, I sent someone to collect my framed photographs and only one was still there, and the guy at the store thought the other one had been sold by his partner, but wasn't sure if it sold or for how much, and by the way, the computers have been down for over a month, so no records are available, and no e-mails have been received.

Great.  

Thanks.

Totally my fault.

The artists consignment shop is 75 miles from my house.  I have never visited this shop.  Someone I know very well has been successful selling his art there (not photography).  

I should have gone up there personally and checked it out,

Giving up 30% commission is a lot if one of your pieces is only selling for $60 and you have already lost more than half of your money by agreeing to sell your art for such a low price.  

This is beneath you.  

Don't ever devalue your art like this again.

Lesson learned.

I don't know if I will ever receive a commission check for that piece.

That sucks.

My phone calls an emails have not been returned.  I think I have to start stalking this place until I at least get something …

But I really do already have something.

A valuable lesson learned.

That is priceless, and it won't happen again.

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