Buying Art

buying art
Chris Stefanis

Chris Stefanis

artist - blogger - author

Tips For Buying Art

Buying art by a famous artist can be fraught with financial danger. When you are buying art, that is when you buy a painting, you do not want to get ripped off.

It is a sad fact of life that there are thousands of scams being operated daily by unscrupulous people. If you are looking at buying, for instance, a Pro Hart painting, from someone who no longer wants it, you need to be sure that it is genuine.

In Australia, there are artists who are painting in the Aboriginal style and selling art as genuine aboriginal art. This is illegal.

Be careful about where you buy art.

For instance, it is very unlikely that you will find a genuine Pro Hart or Jackson Pollock in a market stall. Equally, you are not going to find one in the classifieds art for sale section of a paper.

Ways to avoid being scammed when buying art.

If you are buying from someone who claims to be the artist, ask to see the art studio or at least a photo ID.

When buying art from a third party, ask to see the provenance. Provenance is a record of ownership of a work of art or an antique and is used as a guide to authenticity or quality.

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