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Arts & Antiques by Dr. Lori – Starting Your Collection

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Celebrity appraiser Dr. Lori Verderame is an author and award-winning TV personality who stars on History channel’s The Curse of Oak Island, Discovery’s Auction Kings, and FOX Business’ Strange Inheritance. With a Ph.D. from Penn State University, Dr. Lori offers appraisals, keynote speeches, and live appraisal events to worldwide audiences. Visit www.DrLoriV.com or call 888-431-1010.

By Lori Verderame

When embarking on a new phase of life, such as getting married, completing a degree, or moving to a new home, many people chronicle the experience with the purchase of an object. When looking for an investment object that is both fun and smart, art and antiques are a good idea.

Here is my buying guide to help you find, understand and collect the best examples of fine art and antiques.

First, learn as much as you can about art and antiques in places where you are not tempted to buy art or antiques. Visit museums, historical societies and other places where these items are on display, are discussed academically and socially, but not available for sale.

You should learn about the various types of media, art movements throughout history, and diverse subject matter so you have a good idea of what sparks your interest. This method will prevent you from buying just because the opportunity presents itself.

Don’t think about buying a work of art or antique piece until you establish a budget. Settle on the budget and stick to it. Do not waiver and don’t convince yourself to overspend because you fell in love with a piece. No matter what, you will be happy with your collecting progress only if you stick to your budget.

Slow down and forget life’s distractions when you are considering the purchase of an art or antique. Even if you are only buying a small, reasonably priced piece, it is a good idea to take it slow.

Don’t feel rushed by a pushy dealer, encouraging friend, or other “background noise” and don’t let them distract you or rush you into making a purchase. Take a minute and quietly look at the work of art or antique object. Think about what you see and try to figure out what you like about the piece. Consider it, ponder it and don’t rush it.

This work of art or antique object will become a part of your home life for years to come. If you still like it after much deliberation, then that is the piece for you.

Consider the basics starting with black and white. Don’t be taken in by an artwork’s color or an antique’s various forms and ornamental details. Some people who sell art or antiques will try to get you to like a particular work based solely on its colors or how it may fit into your home’s color scheme. This is a trap. Don’t worry about matchy, matchy. Be concerned with the piece for its own sake and your interest in it. Remember, a big part of buying something good is learning to recognize quality pieces. I want you to buy something that you like that is also of high quality and worth the money.

Appraisers, curators and art historians know that the best quality work is always the best choice for a collection. It will hold its value long term. Collecting quality art and antiques is always a good investment.

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