fine art...of collecting

The Art Burglar.com Collection



Introduction


The Art Burglar collection was specifically assembled to teach beginners how to acquire affordable fine art from Internet resources - through real life examples.

Stolen masterpieces? We’ve got a few. Fakes & forgeries? Yep, this collection’s got its share. Additionally, the Art Burglar collection includes examples & insights into adding affordable appropriate frames to your art plus guidelines regarding art restoration & repair. We even provide tips on shipping art based upon my own successes & failures in that department.

This collection is all about teaching new collectors how to successfully acquire affordable fine art from Internet resources.

Looking to add some fine art to your home for decorating purposes? I’ll show you how to do so on an optimal “bang-for-buck” budget. Want to build your own collection and worried about ending up with fakes & forgeries? I’ll teach you what to look out for and how to reduce your chances of getting duped. Wondering if an artwork you’ve seen & like is fairly priced? I’ll educate you to accurately value any artwork.

Affordability


“Affordable” is indeed a relative term. However, I tried to maintain a definition that would fly in my hometown of Owensboro, KY. Thus, artworks in this collection ranged in original cost from $15.00 to $2,500. If you plan to invest more for particular pieces, the rules are the same – and so the road hazards.

My Collecting Guidelines


Along creating a comprehensive set of lessons regarding collecting affordable art from Internet resources, I tried to also develop a collection where all core styles & mediums were represented. Thus, hopefully, each reader will find at least one piece or two within this collection they would like to acquire in a similar manner.

Along with the core lessons regarding collecting affordable art from Internet resources & maintaining certain limitations so that small-town collectors could duplicate my efforts, I was also forced to whittle & wean the collection so that it included representative styles, mediums & periods from most all areas of art. This was done for both education & to offer styles that touch upon all potential interests of beginners: to evoke a response: “Hey, I’d like to duplicate that acquisition”.

Also, I made sure that any acquisitions & the related processes could have been duplicated if I still lived in my hometown of Owensboro. It’s much easier to develop an art collection if you reside in New York City - except for the high cost of having a place to hang it. However, you can now reside in places like Owensboro & affordably put together a world-class assemblage of art - I’m going to show you exactly how to do that.

Finally, I had to “like” each potential acquisition. Let’s face it: I’m the one who has to live with this stuff. If a work didn’t speak to me in some manner? I passed. A few of the pieces were bought to fill holes in the collection & I sort-of liked ‘em. Others? I added almost exclusively because of the unique lesson that piece provided with no thought regarding if I found the piece appealing. There’s also a handful of pieces I absolutely love.