I bought a painting at a local thrift shop. I wasn't familiar with the artist, but I really liked the piece. The painting is signed L. Pell Katzen and dated 1955. I've done some research and learned that the artist is Lila Pell Katzen aka Lila Pell or Lila Katzen. She's apparently a well known sculpturor who has some pieces on display at the Smithsonian. She died in 1998. I have no intention of selling the painting. I'm just curious what her art works are worth. I'd assume that her sculptures would be worth more than her paintings since that seems to be what she was most known for. Does anyone have any good sites where I could find information about the value of pieces by certain artists? I certainly don't mind searching for the information myself, but I got a load of website hits when I did a search on her name. Are there certain sites which are good when investigating art work?
Also, I'll be posting pics of the piece. The painting is nice, but the frame is in pretty rough shape. I'd like people's opinions on how I should have it re-framed. Any help will be appreciated! Thanks!