Protect Yourself When You Buy Art

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If you plan to buy art you need to be prepared prior to entering a bricks and mortar gallery or visiting a website online. How can you be a savvy buyer even if it is your first time buying art from anyone? You can take steps to protect yourself from unsavory characters and misrepresented art by always getting all of the details you can about the piece of art, the artist, and the seller if the person selling the art did not create it. Why should you take steps to protect yourself when you buy art? Simply put buying art is a kind of investment, and you would be careful making any other important purchase so it makes sense to do the same things when you buy art.

Art is often beautiful and inspirational, and when you see the perfect piece of art you might get caught up in the excitement and joy you feel and forget that not everything about art sales is as beautiful as the art that is for sale. The truth is for every ten honest artists and sellers trying to share art with the world there is one person out there who is not interested in promoting the art for its own sake but is only out to get you to buy art for as much money as possible. You can make sure that you are protecting yourself from any unscrupulous sellers and improve your art buying experience in general by knowing your stuff before you visit any gallery whether physical or virtual. Go in with your eyes open and know what sort of art you are looking for; ask to see all of the work by a particular artist if the gallery has more than one piece by the same person, or go online and search for their name and see if you can find out more about them before you buy. This will let you know what their works are selling for right now and help you get a good price. If you are worried about misrepresented art, consider getting a certificate of authenticity from a reputable source and/or having the art appraised by an independent party of your choice.

Once you have made sure that the piece of art you want to buy is the real deal and that you can get it at a price that is satisfying for all parties involved, it is time to get down to business! Of course right now you are likely in love with the art and cannot imagine any reason why you might want to return it, but it is always a good idea to ask about a return policy. Ask if the seller as any kind of customer satisfaction guarantee or any other policy that allows you to return the art for a refund if you are not satisfied with it within a certain period of time. Also remember to document everything from the artist’s information to the information of the seller if they are not the artist who created the piece to the details of the payment transaction for your records. This will help you to verify that you are the owner of the art and give you valuable information that you can use to evaluate and appraise the art if you do decide to sell it later on.

When you buy art you are investing in several different things; not only could the art have monetary value in the future, but the art can have numerous health benefits for you! It is always a good idea to be smart when you buy art, and you can think of your purchase as a reward for a talented and honest artist so that they can continue to create works of art to make the world a more beautiful place.


Source by Juliette Traversen

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