Professionally packaged,

and diplomatically pitched

If you are an established artist or musician with a presence in your field, consider Guttersaint's services as an agent in the correct method of selling your archive.  Using my successful track record in sales, marketing and promotion, my service as a sales agent includes:

  • Advising and overseeing the correct manner of registering all of the items in your archive.  A professional package garners more attention and a better price.

  • Creating pitching advertising materials to solicit interested parties.  This may include a short sales film, at no extra cost to you.

  • Our database of libraries, museums, galleries, art institutions and other interested parties world-wide has been painstakingly collected over three years, and is regularly updated.  We only pitch to parties after researching their interests, and if they are applciable to your archive. 

  • Finding the right institution to take care of and conserve your archive for your legacy.  Also I follow up the purchaser's activities to make sure the archive is properly made available to future researchers as our agreement outlines. 

  • All contractual negotiations to make sure you receive the highest price for your archive under the best conditions for you. 

  • Archive sale is handled by someone with formal university education in musicology and composition, art history, conservation, and art photography. 

  • Use of our software program (for mac) that instantly creates a list of your digital files, so that you won't have to list ever file name on your harddrive that is part of the archive sale (for example, containing email communications, letters, etc.).   This software was programmed in-house to make this tedious duty painless. 

  • Help, advisement, and quick response times.

  • The lowest commission rate for archive sales available.  Most agents take 40% to 50% as a commission plus ridiculous expenses.  My rate is 20% of the gross and you don't have to pay for the pitch materials (other than minimal, if any, expenses such as postage costs).  I always keep the client's interests in mind, and never run up expenses.  

Please feel free to contact us at any time should you have any questions regarding the sale of your archive. 

My highly successful sale of Lydia Lunch's archive to NYU received world-wide media attention, written about in The Guardian, NY Times, and online websites.

"Tom Garretson has for decades advised and assisted me in my numerous artistic endeavors. As someone who has been involved in production whether it be working with major recording labels, producing live shows, or lecturing on art history his understanding of both art and commerce is unparalleled. Tom is not only a master contract negotiator, but always understands the artist's needs and strives to achieve the most beneficial outcome for his clients. I was thrilled and amazed at his outstanding acumen in handling the sale of my vast and varied archives, which consisted of a multi-decade trove of music, art and literature. Tom handled all of my archive sale particulars, from the initial packaging to the sales pitch in the most professional manner. This resulted in attaining the highest possible price for the sale of my archives to the best purchaser, the renowned New York University. I can’t recommend his services enough.»    

--  Lydia Lunch