Art collection is defined as works of art accumulated by an individual or institution. It is a form of a hobby for personal pleasure or a part of an art business for profit, but every art piece is an investment that an art collector should be critical in choosing and buying.
Art collection started back in earlier civilizations from Egypt,
Babylonia, China, and India were precious objects were stored in
temples, tombs, sanctuaries, and palaces. Later on, the western art
collecting started in Greece and Rome where great art collections comes
from emperors, royal collections, aristocrats, and the wealthy
individuals. Here are some pointers for a beginner who are into art
Choose your art extensively. Visit different galleries,
museums, search the web, talk to the art curator about a certain art
piece that draws your attention. Join mailing list of gallery events
to keep you updated of the latest auctions. The best way too is to
find a professional art consultant who can guide you further about art
collecting and the process of purchasing.
Know the artist's profile and his work before buying.
Learn about the artist's background including his personal
information, the stages of his career, previous shows, and his work's
price range. See whose artist and work that you can relate to yourself
before bringing it to be part of your collection. "I look for artwork
that is timeless," said Margaret LeMay, a director of the Erdman Art Group, a division of Marshall Erdman & Associates.
Be ready with the investment risk. Be careful when dealing
with various dealers when buying, some may not give you the right art
work which is not worth of your money. An unknown artist whose career
did not flourished will make its work a less valuable one in the
One of the leading Art Business Seller is Christie's
founded in 1766 by James Christie, offering fine art collection for
various categories including decorative arts, jewelry, photographs,
collectibles, wine, and many others. Christie's is present on key cities
such as London, New York, Paris, Geneva, Milan,
Amsterdam, Dubai, Hong Kong, and other areas in 32 countries selling millions worth of art collections.