NEW ART PURCHASE
How to Protect Your Art Investment
When purchasing art, consider the following related to your purchase. Make sure that you receive a full and detailed receipt,
documenting each artwork purchased. Take care to protect your artwork from damage while transporting it to your home or office.
What are your plans for the artwork and where will it hang? Is the artwork automatically covered by your insurance or do you need
to contact your insurance company? What are your responsibilities as an art owner? This page provides you with
information and tips that will help protect your art investment.
Documentation from the Gallery
- Bill of Sale
You should always receive one, and keep a copy with the artwork.
- Letter of Authenticity
Be sure to get one especially if the piece is limited edition.
- Artist Resume and Biographical Information
Always have a current and updated artist information.
- Artist Statement
Attach all of your artist information on the back of the artwork.
- Type of artwork
It may seem obvious but find out if it's an original, limited edition,
- Special Care and Handling Instructions
Make sure that you know how to protect and take care of your artwork.
- Meet The Artist
Openings are a good place to meet the artist. You might also take the artist to dinner
or drinks, or invite them to your home to see their work on your walls.
- Gallery and Artist Mailing Lists
This is an easy way to follow artists career.
Transporting Artworks Home
- Car / Van / Truck
Make sure you have a vehicle large enough to get the artwork home.
- Supplies Needed
Cardboard and blankets can be used to protect the artwork.
- Transportation Insurance
Do you have insurance while the artwork is being transported home?
- Gallery Advice and Recommendations
Your best source on information will from the gallery.
- Art Transportation Companies
You will find this type of art service in large cities.
- Crating and Packaging Services
Make sure they know how correctly package and protect artworks for
The gallery may have a service they use, be sure to ask them if needed.
- Federal Express and Other Carriers
Be safe and go with a trusted carrier like Federal Express.
- Archival Framing
Make sure your artwork is framed and protected with archival framing.
- Glass or Plexiglass?
Glass breaks, but it's easier to clean and take care of.
If the artwork is expensive go with the added safety and protection of
Hanging or Storage
- Where to Safely Hang Artworks
Never hang expensive art over a fireplace.
Always protect it from heat and direct sunlight.
- How to Hang
Use the appropriate type of art hangers. Go with a professional service when
the artwork is expensive and you can afford it.
- Type of Hangers Heeded
There are special types of picture hangers for artworks, ask the gallery
about best type.
Professional framing stores and shops usually have hangers available for
- Professional Installation Services
These are usually available in large cities and galleries can refer if needed.
- Storage Options
Your walls might be already covered with artworks, so where do you put it?
Be careful with wet basements, and always keep artworks 3 inches off the floor.
Temperature and humidity, make sure the storage area is stable year around.
- Artwork Details
Document your artwork fully, be sure to include size, current condition, type of Artwork.
Also, makes notes about any identifying numbers or markings on the artwork and make sure
you know the correct title and date of the artwork. How's it framed and what's the prominent
subject matter of the art?
- Photographs of Artwork
Digital camera work well, make sure to photograph from different angles.
- Artwork Information and Records
Keep in a safe place like a safe deposit box or in a separate building in case of fire.
Other documentation to protect include your bill of sale, artist statements,
appraisals, articles about the artist, etc. should be together in a safe place.
- Books about the Artist
Purchase copies of all publications related to the artist.
- Types of Insurance Coverage Available
Ask you insurance agent or the gallery you are purchasing from.
- Homeowners vs Other Types of Coverage
Homeowners policies frequently cover art but check with your broker, you
might have to list your artwork as a separate item.
- Current Insurance Information
Keep you insurance company updated with current artwork value.
This should be done yearly or whenever the value of the artwork changes.
- What Insurance Companies Pay?
Are you protected from damage or loss due to an earthquake and water damage?
- Partial or Total Loss.
Will you be covered for the full value of the artwork or only
a partial value?
We'll be adding additional insurance information in the near future.
Keep in Touch with the Artist
- Loan Artwork to the Artist
Someday the artist might want to borrow your artwork for a major retrospective.
- What Galleries Represent the Artist
Know the names of other galleries selling and representing the artists works.
- Artist Mailing List
Contact the artist and ask to be added to their mailing and email list.
- Artist News and Articles
Learn how to use "Google News Alerts" for information about the artist.
When You're on Vacation
- Artwork Storage
You might consider placing the artwork in storage if you're away for
long period of time.
- Cover the Artwork
Ultraviolet light is one of artworks biggest enemies, covering it helps
keep it from fading.
- Professional Appraisals
You will need one when selling or donating the work to a museum.
Where to find Professional Art Appraisers
- Finding price information online
The Internet will direct you to artist information, search for the
artist name on Google or MSN.
Look for the artists website, next check for galleries representing the
- Auction Price Results
There are several companies that provide major auction results.
One of the largest online price resources is:
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