The standards for buying Fine Art online should be no different than the standards for buying fine art from bricks and mortar Art Dealers, Galleries and Auction Houses.
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It is essential when buying anything on-line, especially fine art, that the sellers description is accurate, without hyperbole and carefully match the actual item purchased and received, especially since the buyer does not inspect the Work of Art.
Careful inspection and objective reporting is vital and requires connoisseurship, especially misleading condition reports and photographs that exaggerate/boost color and/or camouflage flaws is misleading.
A sample of items currently available and recently sold lots at Artnet auctions, contradict an interview with Sergey Skaterschikov, Skate's Art Market Analyst regarding Artnet, "Some of these companies, like Artnet, are very good at managing fraud versus something like eBay"
Perhaps Mr. Skaterschikov should look at the artnet.com auction lots more closely!
Buying any Keith Haring Work of Art without the Keith Haring Studio, LLC Authentication is Risky.
|Keith Haring Radiant Baby At Artnet Auctions|
Lacking Authentication from Keith Haring Studio, LLC
These days, the Keith Haring Studio, LLC. , is the only authorized and recognized authority to provide Authentication of Artworks purported created by Keith Haring.
Due to the extensive Keith Haring counterfeit activity, the Keith Haring Studio LLC, now requires a physical inspection in addition to receipt of extensive paperwork and photographic documentation before issuing any Authentication.
The Keith Haring Radiant Baby, purportly created in 1982 and offered for sale with an estimate of $10,000-$15,000., has not been Authenticated by the Keith Haring Studio, LLC yet artnet offered it for sale, with a very limited artnet.com return policy.
What is the detailed Provenance of the Radiant Baby?
While the seller description states the Lot was once owned by the late Jan Eric Lowenadler, who committed suicide in 2010, there is no material support for Mr. Lowenadler's provenance, nor is any other provenance for this Work mentioned.
Since the Keith Haring Studio, LLC Authentication Committee only meets four times a year, it is irresponsible to sell any Keith Haring without prior Authentication from the Keith Haring Studio, LLC, given Artnet's 30 day Buyer Protection policy which states:
In order to receive a refund, the Buyer must notify the Seller of his intention to return the item as “not as described” within seven (7) days of receipt. Additionally, the Buyer must notify the Seller within thirty (30) days if the item has been found inauthentic. Right of return applies only to the original purchaser, and is non-transferable.
A Shirt that is Signed With the Calder Monogram in Red is NOT a unique Alexander Calder Artwork.
The lot erroneously states that the shirt is "UNIQUE", detailed as a "Painting, Mixed Media".
Is the shirt registered in the Archives of the Calder Foundation, New York with an application number? If the answer is "no", documentation as an Alexander Calder is misleading.
Having the initials "CA" on a shirt does not make the shirt a Calder Work of Art.
A $2 bill Autographed by Andy Warhol that sold for $10,522 is neither Unique nor Rare.
|2 Dollar Bill Signed "Andy Warhol" sold for $10,522.|
The $2.00 bill that sold for an astonishing $10,522, should have been documented as "After Andy Warhol".
The reference to the $45 million achieved at Sotheby's for the 200 One Dollar Bills silkscreen ink on canvas painting is misleading. No reputable art dealer would compare an Andy Warhol 1962 Canvas to an autograph on a $2 bill!
Where is the truth in marketing? At best, the $2 bill should be documented as an After Andy Warhol, and at worst, it is worth $2!
The $2.00 bill attracted the attention of "luvwarhol" who bid $8,100; "luv warhol" also bid $900,000 on an Andy Warhol 22 inch Flower painting that recently fetched $1.322.5 million. Perhaps "luvwarhol" should be more discriminating?
Campbell's Chicken Noodle Poster fetches $2,875. in spite of Inaccurate Documentation
|Campbell's Soup Poster Sold for $2,875.|
Artnet discloses that a similar poster fetched $2,800 at a 2008, but did not disclose that a similar poster, designated as an "After Andy Warhol" only realized $1,600. at Swann Auction Galleries in June 2011.
Roy Lichtenstein Shipboard Girl Condition report is Contradictory
|Roy Lichtenstein "Refreshed" Shipboard Girl|
How can a work of art be a "nice fresh impression" and at the same time, be "refreshed with yellow color"?
The Shipboard Girl lot offered on artnet that has a bid of $20,000., includes disclosure that the Work has been "refreshed with a yellow color", yet the lot also states: "Nice fresh impression."
- How much of the yellow has be refreshed?
- Has the entire yellow been repainted from a mustard color to a bright yellow?
- Who did the conservation?
- Can the conservation be reversed?
- Was the red and/or blue also refreshed?
None of this information is disclosed.
As a buyer and seller of fine art, consistency and accurate descriptions are essential. It is never a good sign to see misleading, missing, inaccurate documentation of fine art, as it generally means that the seller is not knowledgeable or the artwork is not correct.
A reputable Art Dealer would never confuse ephemera with a unique work of art and/or original Limited Edition.
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