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Success I n v e s tmen t s
Whether you’re a seasoned collector or a novice art lover, these expert tips will yield a collection that will
make sure your investment is one that you’ll be proud of no matter what medium, genre or style you prefer.
T I P S BY R H O N DA LO N G -S H A R P
Always inspect a piece. Find
out if there was any restoration
or conservation. These factors
impact value and are often not disclosed
unless a specific inquiry is made.
1. Stick with an artist’s general
style. Try to stay away from the
artist’s experiments as often as
possible, unless you really love a piece.
5. Never buy a work framed
without seeing it outside of
the frame. Condition issues are
seen most frequently in pieces when works
Research the seller. It’s
common knowledge that
illegitimate works are passed as
authentic. Also look at warranties and
guarantees accompanying the piece.
Check out the artist’s
background. Did they study
with a master? Are they part of
important collections? Have their works
been traded at public auction? Have they
exhibited with top galleries, exhibitions or
high-profile art fairs?
Purchase artwork directly
from the artist. A high
appreciation value comes from
procuring top-selling and high-priced
Learn the jargon of art
collecting. It’s imperative you
understand the accurate use of the
term “original” and other common terms.
8. Look for artists who have
large investment pieces
available at public auctions.
As resources, visit sites ArtFacts.net and
ArtNet.com. They will allow you to easily
view lists of top-searched artists.
9. Always verify before
investing. When purchasing
high-profile or top-tier artwork,
looking into things such as authenticating
documents, exhibition history and
provenance is imperative.
10 . All art is not investment-
grade. Only purchase the piece
if you sincerely like it without
letting the investment value influence you
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
› Rhonda Long-Sharp is the Owner of Long-Sharp Gallery. She works directly with the
foundations and archives of artists such as Haring and Dali to ensure that all works are authentic.
Clients span the U.S., Europe, Asia & Australia, with works in the permanent collections of
numerous important museums.