In 2010, Marian Anderson retired from painting and generously donated her business of limited-edition fine art prints to the Blue Earth County Historical Society. The Society operates the Marian Anderson Art Gallery at the Blue Earth County History Center as well as an online store featuring a full inventory of prints. The Blue Earth County Historical Society is also home to the Marian Anderson Archives featuring original art pieces which Marian gifted upon her death in 2021. Here are some commonly asked questions and our answers.
Q: I have a limited-edition fine art Marian Anderson print how much is it worth today?
A: Our recommendation is to look for the current sale price of the print (framed or unframed) on this website – typically $100-$400. If the print is sold out, you could double the value. Other factors to consider: is it an “Artist Proof” – lower edition number with “AP” behind the number; if no “AP” then it is a Main Edition with a high edition range; or is it professionally framed and matted? The value of all art is up to the seller and the buyer.
Q: I have an original Marian Anderson oil painting how much is it worth?
A: If you have a record of what you purchased it for, you could double the value. The originals donated to BECHS as a lasting legacy value between $5,000-$10,000 per Marian. The value of all art is up to the seller and the buyer.
Q: Can I donate my Marian Anderson art to BECHS?
A: Yes, BECHS is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. If you donate your art, BECHS will provide a receipt of the donation for your tax purposes. If it is a fine art print, BECHS may request permission to sell the print in the Marian Anderson art gallery. If it is an original oil painting, it will be added to the Marian Anderson Archives as a lasting legacy.