Artist Bill of Sale
This is one of your most important forms. The Artist Bill of Sale (it is also known as a sales invoice) is a record
of the transaction for both the artist and the person buying the artwork. Think of your Artist Bill of Sale as a
contract between a buyer and a seller. It acts as a written agreement and like all important business transactions,
your sale should be clearly recorded in writing with copies to all parties involved in the sale.
On this page you'll find one sample artist business form and you'll also see information about how you use it or
customize it to fit your needs. The form and the information have been taken directly from our publication "
Creating A Successful Career In Photography."
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Artist Bill of Sale
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Artist Bill of Sale
Additional instructions for using the form
This is one of your most important forms. The Artist Bill of Sale (it is also known as a sales invoice) is a record of the
transaction for both the artist and the person buying the artwork. Think of your Artist Bill of Sale as a contract between
a buyer and a seller. It acts as a written agreement and like all important business transactions, your sale should be
clearly recorded in writing with copies to all parties involved in the sale.
The form can be useful for many other purposes. It can provide you with information on your clients, indicating what has
been sold, to whom, when, and for what price. Also it is essential for tax preparation.
Your Artist Bill of Sale should clearly state in writing:
"Copyright and Reproduction Rights are Reserved by the Artist."
This informs the buyer that you are aware of copyright, your ownership of the copyright, and that unauthorized
reproduction of the work violates your copyright. If you would like more information on
copyright, contact the Library of Congress, Copyright Office, and ask for the free
Copyright Information Kit and you will be sent one.
Also be sure to visit: Art-Support's Copyright web page.
A Bill of Sale should always be prepared in several copies. It's best to make three copies, giving one copy as receipt to
the buyer, and keeping two for your records (sales and client information records). You should write up a bill of sale as
soon as your work is purchased.
It is also a good idea to complete a Bill of Sale whenever your work is out on approval or temporary loan. This will serve
as a record of what is gone, who has it, where it went, how much it's worth, and what date it left your inventory.
Your Artist Bill of Sale should include the following information: name, address and telephone of buyer, date of sale and
invoice number, a description of the artwork including the title, date of art work, size, your medium and edition number.
The purchase price for the work, sales tax, if applicable, and the delivery charges also should be shown. If the work has
been sold on a time-plan, include a line showing the down payment and balance due. For gallery sales with commissions or
other discounts, add another line after the purchase price. Make sure to include the statement on your copyright and
reproduction rights. Have the buyer sign a copy of the bill of sale to indicate that the work has been received in good condition.
Commercially printed sales invoices are available in a variety of styles, and multi-part invoices that use carbonless NCR colored papers are
best. They can be purchased at an office supply store or through mail order office supply sources. Printing shops will also custom print sales
invoices for you. If you are purchasing pre-designed invoices, make sure that your copyright and reproduction rights are stated on them.
The sample form and the text above came from:
Creating A Successful Career In Photography.
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