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    Smile Correction fluid in the margin a reason to trash a drawing?

    Not sure where to post this question, but this seemed like somewhere to start. Feel free to move it.

    I have some drawings I am selling online for $350 each but I have one that had a blemish in the margin that I covered with correction fluid, about a quarter inch square. I am wondering whether there is a common understanding about how to handle such a drawing. Trash it? Advise potential buyers of the imperfection but sell it at full price? Advise, and sell at a discounted price, and if so at what price? Or, the most outrageous approach, just pretend the mark isn't there and trust in fate to disuade the buyer from asking for a full refund when he sees it?

    Anyone know how to handle this? Advice will be appreciated--thanks!

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    You seem like you're going for the collector's market. If nothing else I would tell your clients about the blemish and let them make up their own minds about whether to purchase the drawing or negotiate a discount. I would avoid the last option, a disappointed customer is not going to be a repeat customer.

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    I would try to sell it at normal price, but include information about the blemish and a picture of the blemish. (Or sell it at normal price, but SAY that it is at a 10% discount of a higher price.) If it seems like it cant be sold at that price, then I would add a discount.

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    If it's just a minor touch up, it shouldn't be very noticeable or take away from the drawing. Perhaps there may be a way to frame the piece that'll cover that up?
    In the long run, anybody besides the artist should never add or change anything to the drawing, even with correctional fluid- think of what's said for antiques, never clean them, etc, Same goes for Art, in my opinion. I would think that there are options as to how you can present the work without having that be visible. A little bit of correctional fluid is no reason to trash a drawing.

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    I now have the drawing framed with a quarter inch of clear space on the drawing all around the colored pencil marks of the drawing, with a matte taking up the rest of the space out to the frame, and since the correction fluid is located completely under the matte it looks completely uncorrected.

    And I am the artist of the work.

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