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How To Profit From Art

With the economic outlook still very wobbly, investing in the stockmarket remains a challenging prospect. And with interest rates at rock bottom, earning a decent return on savings can be difficult. This has led to an increasing number of investors looking for alternative options for their money, such as art.

Investing in art is not the right move for everyone and doesn't offer short term returns. Many individuals who make money from art originally bought the item because it was desirable rather than with the sole intention of turning a profit. However, while it is never a good idea to buy a piece simply because you believe it will rise in value unless you are an expert, it is possible to make a purchase which you think could earn you money in the long term.

Buying artwork for investment purposes is very different than buying it for decoration purposes alone. Many galleries recommend that you make your selection based on gut feeling and instinct. But while this approach may be fine for aesthetic purchases, if you are hoping to make a profit you need to take a much more measured approach.

It is entirely possible to buy a piece of art that you like which also has good investment potential. But to do this it is necessary to do your research in advance to find out how your chosen piece is likely to perform in the market. The style of the item, the subject as well as the artist will also determine how much profit it could make in the future. And there's no denying that fashion and fads also play a role in determining price.

Another important aspect to consider is what you actually purchase. You've done your homework and studied the artist and are certain what you want to buy. However when you walk into the gallery and see the price tag your bank account shudders. What do you do?

Many galleries offer an alternative to the actual original artwork in the form of giclees. These seem almost indistinguishable from the original with rich depth of colour and the finest detail shown with precision. But unlike an original, giclees are machine produced copies, printed onto good quality paper or canvas.

For the art-lover simply keen to have a beautiful piece hanging in their home, a giclee could be perfect. And while they are not cheap, they are usually a fraction of the cost of the original. Unfortunately they are of little value to those who are making the purchase as an investment.

A giclee, despite its fancy name, is essentially just a copy. And the originality of a piece is what gives artwork its price tag. Many critics and appraisers refuse to consider giclees seriously and they are often dismissed as no more than a gimmick for collectors.

Therefore, when it comes to art investment, make sure you truly understand what you are buying. If the piece seems cheap, check it is an original or you could be left with nothing more than a piece of eye candy. And most importantly, don't expect your Michelangelo to earn you a fortune overnight, this is an investment you are in for the long haul.

David Tatham has been working in the world of fine arts for over many years and . His David Shepherd prints and paintings website contains a wealth of information, also hundreds signed, limited edition prints and original works of art by world renowned artists,eg. The conservationist and wildlife artist, David Shepherd .


David Tatham, fine picture dealer for more than quarter of a century, has an extensive knowledge of the biography L.S.Lowry. Signed limited edition prints and drawings can be seen and purchased from this website.

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