Cautions of buying on eBay
Because of the overwhelming increase in demand from collectors and art enthusiasts for authentic Highwayman artwork and paintings, it has become apparent that some of the listings on sites such as eBay and Craigslist are not true Highwaymen paintings.
While many of the paintings being sold on eBay are authentic Highwaymen paintings, it’s very important to watch out for forgeries and fake signatures because they do exist. With the recent exposure of the Highwaymen, the prices of their paintings have skyrocketed and just like any other collectible, there are people exploiting the market with their fake replicate paintings. It is important to do a little research if you are worried about the value of a painting you are looking to purchase. Several of the sites on our resources page have information and authentic paintings you can use to reference and compare.
In addition to this, many sellers are advertising any tropical landscape as Highwaymen art. There are only 26 true Highwaymen artists, these individuals are named directly in both of the two Highwaymen books, The Highwaymen: Florida’s African-American Landscape Painters by Gary Monroe and Florida’s Highwaymen: Legendary Landscapes by Bob Beattyl. These 26 artists are also the only Highwaymen artists that were inducted into the Florida Artists Hall of Fame.
While both eBay and Craigslist can be very good outlets for purchasing authentic Highwaymen paintings, please take your time to do the research and ensure you are purchasing a Highwaymen painting.