EBTH Senior Art Specialist: Sara Starr's

6 tips for starting an art collection


Tips of the Trade: 6 Tips For Building An Art Collection





Purchase art that you enjoy looking at everyday



It should be a piece that sparks some joy. Art can be sometimes be a serious investment, like a house or car. You want to be happy with your purchase almost everyday.






Avoid buying art with the intention to “flip” or resell it



An artwork that has been “around the block” and sold a lot devalues over time. There is definitely a balance or “sweet spot” to how many times an artwork is seen on the market – the fewer, the better.

Tips of the Trade: 6 Tips For Building An Art Collection
Tips of the Trade: 6 Tips For Building An Art Collection




Start collecting from Art fairs or local artists



Buying from unknown artists is a great way to get your feet wet and support emerging artists. One day, that $50 drawing you bought at an art market ( or on EBTH ) could be worth $50,000 in 20 years. #investment






Negotiate with art dealers



Don’t agree to a dealer’s initial price. Dealers’ prices are inflated in order to cover overhead and commissions. Do your research: How is the artist’s work performing at auctions and fairs? How prolific is the work? Is it rare or scarce?

Tips of the Trade: 6 Tips For Building An Art Collection
Tips of the Trade: 6 Tips For Building An Art Collection





Consider an art consultant



They are skilled in knowing which artists are emerging and who is worth investing in. Art consultants can be a good resource for the novice collector.






Invest in proper storage and framing for the art you purchase



Poorly stored or framed art can result in damage and deterioration, leading to loss of value and investments.

Tips of the Trade: 6 Tips For Building An Art Collection
Tips of the Trade: 6 Tips For Building An Art Collection











EBTH Senior Art Specialist, Sara Starr


Sara oversees the authentication process of all artwork listed on EBTH, and is also an art appraiser.

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