How to Know if a Thomas Kinkade Painting Is Valuable?

By Joey Ricardo

Thomas Kinkade is also known as "The Painter of Light" because of his cottage paintings with light illuminating from every window. Kinkade's mother raised three children by herself and worked long hours to support her family, which often meant Thomas came home to a cold and dark home. He longed for a home with light and warmth, which inspired his paintings full of light. Big names like Disney, Warner Brothers, Hallmark, Major League Baseball, Nascar and Elvis Presley Enterprises partnered with Thomas Kinkade and represent his artwork. The value of his art depends on the popularity of it, and each authorized Kinkade gallery may slightly vary in pricing. Several unauthorized duplicates of Kinkade's paintings come from China and Thailand and are worth little. Original Thomas Kinkade art comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and experts can determine the difference between a fraud and the authentic work.

Collect any original packaging and printed paperwork that might have come with the painting. Look for signatures, letters or numbers on the art, as Thomas often puts secret symbols to honor his mother, wife or children in his paintings. Many limited Disney paintings have great value and a Thomas Kinkade Gallery may offer to buy one for two or three times the original amount.

Call the Thomas Kinkade Company direct at 1-800-366-3733, to determine your painting's authenticity and worth. Fraudulent Certificates of Authenticity also circulate around the world, so you do need to get an expert evaluation to determine the value of your Thomas Kinkade art.

Locate a local Thomas Kinkade Gallery by accessing the link in the resource section down below. Do not trust any art gallery to evaluate your painting until you check out the credentials of a gallery through the Thomas Kinkade website. Make sure you have an expert appraisal before selling your Kinkade painting. Also, consider the fact that Kinkade artwork still being produced goes up in value once production of that painting stops.

About the Author

Joey Ricardo has written online articles about organic living, gardening and society since 2007. Ricardo won a spring writing contest and was a finalist in the top five entries of a new author's contest. Bernard J. Rossi, author and poet, commended her writing skills and encouraged her to pursue her passion.