Buying European Art Online

Fortunately there’s a strong current of good art that moves from Europe to America. The trick is knowing whom to trust to buy European art online from, since you can’t see it first. One reason people buy from European Art Underground is that they are not knowledgeable enough to buy art directly themselves without worrying about being taken advantage of. …

Can You Tell the $2,000 Antique European Painting from the $50,000 Painting?

If you have trouble deciding which is the more expensive antique European painting, you’re not alone. I look at thousands of paintings each year, and I’d have trouble myself. Why? Because while quality and price are generally related, price can be affected by other criteria than the excellence of craftsmanship. Chief among these is the “importance” of the painter. (SPOILER: …

Is It Important that a Painter be “Listed”?

In the case of just about every collectible, there’s eventually some agreed-upon basis for valuing particular items. Sometimes, it’s a third-party company that takes on the role and produces a catalog of values (often these values are a bit arbitrary). There are catalogs of values for baseball cards, Pez dispensers, you name it. In the art world, auctions have settled …

Why You Should Invest In Vintage Paintings

I’m going to assume that most of you reading this article are not among the very, very few (mostly dealers and investment partners) who speculate on paintings in the multi-million dollar range, hoping to flip them later for profit. That market is no different from stocks or commodity futures. It just happens to involve paintings – and sometimes, the “value” …

The Careful Collector’s Guide to Buying Antique Paintings Online

Given the choice, you probably prefer to see paintings in person before buying them. I know I do. On the other hand, there are BIG PROBLEMS with buying antique art from brick-and-mortar antique stores and galleries: Their overhead is huge, and you’re the one paying for that overhead through higher prices (usually more than double what you could be paying). …

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