The Art of Buying Art

The Art of Buying Art

How to evaluate and buy art like a professional collector

Alan Bamberger


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'The very best book on the subject ever published'
Bernard Ewell, Personal Property Journal (the trade publication of the American Society of Appraisers)

The art world can appear impenetrable to the beginner. This classic book, in print since 1990, is an invaluable primer that will help anyone to penetrate the thickets of inscrutable 'insider info' and esoteric jargon.

Updated for today's art market, including online buying, The Art of Buying Art is without a doubt the most accessible book on how to research, evaluate, price and buy artworks - for anyone who wants to buy art. No previous knowledgeof art or the art business is necessary. Topics include:

· how to research and evaluate art prices like the professionals
· how to build a quality collection
· how to spot fakes and forgeries
· how to buy art at auctions and directly from artists
· how to negotiate prices
· how to tell the difference between an original and a reproduction

Bamberger provides the information needed to transform anyone into an informed art consumer, to protect collectors from bad buys and to help them locate the best art at the correct prices.


Alan Bamberger:

Alan Bamberger is a San Fransisco-based, self-taught art appraiser and former rare book dealer specialising in fine and decorative arts books, who consults with artists and collectors from all over the world through his much-loved website at, which has been online since 1998. The site gets 5-6,000 unique visits a day from artists, collectors, wanna-be collectors and the art-curious who can peruse hundreds of pages of his original articles about the art business. With his broad range of art and art business knowledge, and his privileged position as a respected writer and interviewer in the art community, he can give a perspective to art collectors and artists that very few in the art world can. Since the beginning, his site has been financially supported by hundreds of collectors, galleries and art sites through donations. He has two other publications: Buy Art Smart and Art For All.