Art Collecting - New Art Purchase, Part 3

When you purchase a piece of artwork, there are several things you need to consider to protect your purchase.  This is part 3 of a several part series of considerations and tips when you purchase art.

Hanging and Storing Your Artwork:

  1. You should never hang expensive artwork over a fireplace; it should be protected from heat and direct sunlight.
  2. If you can afford it and the artwork is expensive, get a professional service to hang your artwork.  Make sure to use the appropriate type of hangers.
  3. Ask the gallery or a professional framing store for the appropriate type of hangers for your artwork.
  4. When storing artwork, always keep it at least 3 inches off the floor.  Make sure that the temperature and humanity is stable year round.
  5. Document the artwork:  size, condition, type, identifying numbers or markings, correct title and date of the artwork, how it's framed and what's the prominent subject matter.
  6. Photograph the artwork from different angles.
  7. Keep artwork information and records in a safe place - a safe deposit box or in a separate building.  Also include the bill of sale, artist statement, appraisal, articles about the artist, etc.

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