Before purchasing luxury art for your home or office, you should know that there are plenty of con artists out there looking to make money off of people who are shopping for expensive items. Luxury art is costly enough without having to pay full price for a knock-off or a shoddy copy. The following are some ways to ensure that you don’t get taken advantage of when you are in the market for fine art.
Find out the Item’s History
Many fine art pieces come with a long line of documented holders. The museums and private owners who had the piece before now likely noted that they were the owners of it at some time. Before you purchase a high art item, you should see where it has been. Then you may want to take some time to call up the former owner and see if they sold it to the person who is selling it to you now.
If the seller cannot supply you with contact information, you can do a search on your own. As you are searching, try to determine where reputable sources are placing the item and if it is the actual original that is being sold to you.
Determine the Authenticity
If you are about to pay top price for a piece of luxury art, then it benefits you to find out if you are getting an original. Don’t trust the vendor’s expert either. You should hire someone for yourself who is an acknowledged expert in the field. Have them check it over for you to ensure its authenticity. This will cost you a bit extra, but it will be worth it to make sure you are not being swindled.
Even lesser-known works of art are copied and passed off as the real deal by con artists, so you would do well to check each and every purchase of this type before you make a payment. You might be surprised by how many fakes are floating around out in the marketplace.
Determine the Value
Once you have determined that you are being sold a piece of high art and not an expensive facsimile, then you mightway to determine if you are paying an appropriate price for it. This is where your expert will once again come in handy. You might be getting overcharged by the vendor, and you want to be certain that the price you are getting is one that the market agrees upon.
If you were having bathroom renovations done, you wouldn’t want to just accept the first bid you receive. You could be getting subpar work for an exorbitant price. It behooves you to do some research, with bathroom renovations, with fine art, with whatever you are paying for. If you cannot trust the seller, then you have no reason to buy from them.…