Thursday, December 4, 2008
Authentication and Appraisal
After perusing the different websites out there about art and investment art I thought I would post this tid-bit of knowledge for you. Just because a dealer or gallery boasts that a piece of work has a high appraisal value does, by no means, mean that it is actually worth that much (don't get confused by words that some unethical galleries/dealers throw around.) An appraiser usually works under the assumption that a work of art is authentic. Despite what you may think there are a lot of fakes and forgeries out there. An appraiser is not an authenticator (although many appraisers are experienced and know what to look for in an authentic work by a particular artist.) There are also only a handful of official authenticators for certain artists. For example there are only four authenticators for Salvador Dali, one for Pablo Picasso. If you decide to have a work of art appraised, find an experienced one that you can trust. Having a work of art authenticated or appraised is not necessary to own it. Buying art should be fun!