Rembrandt Etching Lost in the Mail

Shipping artwork can be a complicated, costly and time-consuming affair. The Soli Brug Gallery in Norway recently learned the hard way that sometimes cutting corners to try to reduce expenses can lead to disaster. The gallery, trying to save on shipping and insurance costs, recently shipped a Rembrandt etching, valued around $8,600 through the Norwegian postal service, only to have the piece lost in transit.

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Watch our video on shipping art at http://www.xanadugallery.com/Webinar/Shipping/index.asp.

Read about how to avoid shipping nightmares at http://www.reddotblog.com/index.php/art-shipping-horror-stories-and-how-to-avoid-shipping-problems/

 

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1 Comment

  1. Thanks for sharing your video demonstration on shipping. I have a few tips of my own to share. For artists shipping work to galleries: 1)include a packing list taped to the artwork inside 2)mark “OPEN” w/arrows to the seam of the outer box so the receiver knows which end to open 3) go easy on the tape for the inner packaging closest to the artwork, as you don’t want someone to have to use sharp scissors or a knife to open it 4) use blue painter’s tape on the inner wrapping and then the gallery can re-use the bubble wrap (I ship lots of oversize work and use 48″ wide bubble wrap).

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