How to buy original art: My top 3 ways

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Why buy original art?

Buying an original work of art is way up there on the top of my bucket list.  One of the reasons for this is because I want it to be an investment. I have already decided where I want to hang it when I finally buy the art. Here are the three ways that I’ll consider when the time comes to spend my hard-earned money.

1/ From a gallery

Before buying from a gallery it’s a good idea to do some research into what’s in your area. There may be quite a few if you live in the city or just one if you live in a smaller town but once you have found the desired gallery you can then start looking for that perfect art.

Things to think about: 

  • Is the gallery reputable?
  • A good Gallerist will always have the time to help you.
  • You should never feel pressured into buying something that you don’t want.
  • Let the Gallerist know what your budget is so they can make suggestions in your price range.
  • Ask the Gallerist if there are any other costs that you need to know about like:
    1. What are the shipping costs?
    2. Will VAT be added onto the price?
    3. What extra charges for getting the art framed?
  • Make sure you get all the correct documentation like:
    1. Invoices
    2. Receipts
    3. Authentication certificates
  • Keep all your documentation in a safe place at home after you have made the purchase.

Most important of all when you are buying a work of art is to buy what you love. After all, it is going to be in your home for a long time and will be looked at every day. 

If you are anything like me then you will probably come across that piece of art that is way out of your price range. If this does happen then you can always pay by instalments and most galleries offer this service.

2/ Auctions

Buying art at an auction can be a great way to get it at a more affordable price.  It is always a good idea to have a set budget in mind as bidding can be quite addictive.  The highest bidder is the winner and it would be a bit embarrassing if you didn’t have enough money to pay for it, wouldn’t it? Trust me this has happened to me in the past and the friend I was with had to loan me the extra cash.

Things to think about:

  • Smaller regional auction houses are much more affordable than the bigger known ones.
  • Make sure you get all the documentation that goes with the art.
  • Keep all your documentation in one safe place at home.
  • Before the auction starts always look at the art carefully before committing to bidding.

3/ Online

Sometimes buying online may be the best option for you and you can research what is on offer from the comfort of your living room. 

As I have already mentioned, it’s always best to have a set budget in mind to narrow down your search. When you find an artists website that you like, email them and ask them any questions you may have, which could include:

  • How much is shipping?
  • What documentation will you receive?
  • How much will it cost for it to be framed?
  • Will you be framing it?

Things to think about:

  • Does the artist have any reviews from past buyers?
  • Does the artist have a large following on social media?
  • Do they answer your question in a quick and professional manner?

No matter what method you choose to buy your beautiful piece of art, don’t let it be an overwhelming experience. Take your time to find that perfect piece that you can admire for a long time.

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