The Art of Purchasing Fine Art

shutterstock_156445667Collecting fine art pieces is undoubtedly difficult. For someone who isn’t familiar with the process, it can seem daunting. However, finding quality and valuable pieces is part of the process for building your unique collection. Therefore, let us take a closer look at how to go about buying authentic fine art collectibles with ease. In addition, don’t forget to secure each piece with a customized New Jersey Fine Art Insurance policy.

Hand signed and numbered.

This will ensure the work is original and not a copy. Make sure the painting is signed by the artist and numbered in limited editions. Otherwise, you run the risk of purchasing a piece of art that is mass produced and copied and not an original work.

Catalogue Raisonné Information & documentation.

Be sure that the print corresponds to the printed documentation in a catalogue raisonné of the artist’s, publisher’s, or printer’s work. A good, thorough catalogue raisonné will tell you the technique of manufacture, size of image, size of the printed sheet, and the edition size, says eBay.

Certificates of authenticity.

These should include only factual information that can be verified by objective sources.  They should be issued by a credible company, as well. Do your research before making the big purchase!

Research the artist.

Do your homework on the artist you wish to purchase art from. If it is sold in a gallery, you have a better chance of getting an authentic piece. Buying from a gallery typically means paying an addition 50-100% markup. Make sure to factor that into the cost. Buying from a gallery means the artwork is legitimate, original, and should make you feel comfortable about your purchase. With that said, never buy from a gallery that does not allow returns or exchanges!

At Tri-State Insurance Agency, we are committed to protecting your unique art collections against the broad spectrum of perils you face. For more information, contact us today at (888) 990-0526.

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