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Fine Art Can Be A Fine Investment August 10 2013| Filed Under » Alternative Investments, Arts & Antiques, Collectibl es The

painting you bought to match your sofa may increase in worth, or it may be a s salable as your kid's pasta-filled craft project. As with any investment, you need to do your research and go beyond your comfort zone. The art market is fick le, and there are no guarantees of profitability, but with a little legwork and forethought you can fill your home with images that may prove worthy investments down the line. Consider these tips for choosing fine art and identifying the Mi chelangelo from the macaroni. Original Ideas: Paintings and Giclées You walk into a gallery and fall in love with a $5,000 painting, but you just c an't justify the price tag. The gallery owner shows you a selection of the same artist's work for a humble $500, explaining that the pieces are giclées. A giclée is a machine-made print, a reproduction printed on fine paper or canvas with color and clarity that can rival the original. But it's still a copy. The rarity of a work of art is what gives it value, so an original will always be worth more than a reproduction. While a giclée may come labeled with superlativ es like "museum quality" or "archival", and the seller may hawk a certificate of authenticity, it will never be as valuable as an original. Some artists and app raisers even view giclées as a gimmick for novice artists and neophyte collectors. Still, there's no denying that a giclée puts fine art within reach for many art e nthusiasts, and while a certificate doesn't lend much value to the reproduction, a fresh signature and especially a remarque (an original drawing made by the ar tist in the margin of the giclée) could bump up future value. You may hear stories of giclées being proudly exhibited at such noble institution s as the BritishMuseum and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, but the pieces held i n these collections are limited edition Iris prints of digital images or digital manipulations - such as "Nest and Trees" by Kiki Smith at the Met. They are not reproductions of original paintings. Museums do, however, sell giclée versions of masterpieces to generate income. These giclées, though pleasing to your eye and s oul, won't pull in any future income for you. Doing the Loupe de Loupe: Prints and Posters Maxfield Parrish and Courier & Ives brought art into the homes of America at th e turn of the century with their mass-produced prints. These images are the pred ecessors of the posters sold in malls and museum shops today. Posters, like giclée s, give you access to a masterpiece, but a poster is not the same as a fine art print, which can be in the form of a hand-pulled silkscreen, lithograph or block print. You can often distinguish an artist print from a poster with the naked eye, tho ugh in some cases you may need a loupe or magnifying glass. The process of offse t printing leaves a tiny dot matrix on the paper - think of a comic book or a Ro y Lichtenstein painting with its exaggerated dots of color. Which penny stocks can help you turn $1k to $10k? Several factors determine the value of an artist's print: the size of the editi

drawings and paintings that co me hyped with certificates of authenticity. When a painting is auctioned. the cruise auction can seem like a b oon to the aspiring art investor. Cruise auctions work on the principle that buyers believe aut henticity equals high value. but that doesn't necessarily make it a good investment. it is one asset that can easily plummet in value during seasons of recession.5% of paintings bought are ever resold. The artwork changes each day as lots are sold off. But how can you know whether your auction find is a rare commodity? Do your res earch. art is a long-term investment. it's often beca use the owner of the work thinks the piece will attract a handsome price. their commissions and their exhibits. A low mass-produced image. and don't buy anything in bad condition. the number of prints the artist makes of of the work.can m A cruise art auction is exactly as it sounds: it's a sea cruise that displays a nd sells fine art. go in w ith your eyes wide open. Final Tips for Investing in the Arts When you're ready to hit the galleries and invest in the future of art. your best shot at a decent payout will be a fine art auction house. but don't fall for that line if you are thinking of it as an inv estment. If you're considering a piece by a renowned artist. and that fact can skew pricing samples for art. With name-brand artist prints. galleries and art ins titutions in your area regularly so you can recognize potential movers and shake rs in your region. You might feel like you've stumbled into a floating investment paradise.on. get an ap praisal.say No. that is. Hit the internet café on your ship before you plunk down the plastic. The do-it-yourself internet auction sites usually draw far less coin. Gallery owners will tell you that buying art is an emot ional or eBay to get a representative sample for pricing. Auctio n prices reflect only a tiny amount of art resales. and whether by the artist. In the market for prints. which will t ypically charge as little as 3% or as high as 50% of your sale price for auction ing your piece. it is rarity run of limited edition prints is more valuable than a an earlier pull of a print . Learn about their educa tion. Even than No 80 of 100) . Research any living artists who catch your eye. The artwork at these auctions is genuine. Cruising Cruise Art Auctions one work. authenticity does not guarantee the rarity of a piece or its importance in the art world. The critical guideline for buying art cannot be repeated too often: art that is valuable is art that is ra re. Unfortunately.10 of 100 (rather ean better value. Visit museums. and some experts estimate th at only 0. You c an Google the artist and the specific artwork to get some history. Selling Your Art Investment Most people who buy paintings don't end up selling them later on. and while the art market can be stable or even show gigantic returns on an investment during boom times. the condition of the print. and written appraisals suggest pieces are offered at a fraction of their va lue. With a littl . If you have a true find hanging on your wall and you're ready to part with Still. the significance it is signed and numbered that bestows value. and check sit es such as artfact. Look for quality. according to ChicagoAppraisers.

. you may befriend the next Rothko or unearth a lost masterpiece that's worth a million.e effort.