How to Buy Art Online
If you love thumbing through the home decor magazines, as I do, you will quickly notice that a well-appointed room includes artwork, both wall art and art objects on surfaces. As an artist myself, I'm very comfortable collecting favorite pieces of art, and although my home is modest, it is rich in artworks that bring me joy.
One place where my husband and I have had great luck in purchasing original art is on Ebay. It takes a little savvy, and patience, but the rewards have been great. We have been able to purchase original art that we love, on a shoe-string.
Two rules we follow are: stay within your budget, and be patient. If you take into account the styles of art you like, the size you are looking for, and color palette (somewhat), you are ready to take a look at online auctions like Ebay.
So here are a few tips we have put together for Buying Art On Ebay:
Narrow your search-be specific with your keywords for your search. For instance, if you like art from a particular time period, use words like "mid-century," "modern," "18th century," or "impressionism." Words like old, vintage, surrealism, modern, abstract, can be useful in fine-tuning your search. If, for instance, you are looking for an American 1900's original watercolor signed, use all the keywords that are underlined.
Research the Artist
Look for other works by the same artist on the web, by typing in the artist's name, and the word "artist" after it. For instance: Claude Monet artist. You can see if there are other works out there and if this is a known artist. You can also type in Claude Monet auction prices, and if lucky, find the value of artworks Claude does in today's market.
Research the Seller
You may want to read the reviews of what other buyers say about the person or company selling the art piece. Look at where it is being sold from, and the rating of your seller. Contact the seller if you have any questions. Do your best to make sure the art is what it says it is, there are quite a lot of forgeries out there and online. If the price is "too good" it's often a forgery, with the words "in the manner of" hidden in the description.
The Value of the Piece
If the artwork has some value as an art piece, look for Certificates of Authenticity and Appraisals. If it is signed, it will either be signed by hand by the artist, or signed "in stone," which means that the signature is part of the copy or print, and not by the artist. If it is a print, it ma
If you know your budget, and the price you are willing to