Our late friend Marcel Salinas put together a list of How To's when it comes to buying and collecting art!
The art collector should never buy for investment, since all too often this means that he/she will buy badly and without love. On the other hand the collection or single painting that is bought for its quality and with love will often turn out to be an excellent investment also. (Christie's Collector Guide)
1. To purchase a work of art you should truly love the work. Without a strong attachment to this art the primary source of joy from collecting art is lost.
2. Value- As a collector you want to know the artwork that you select is truly worth what you paid and all indications are it will be worth more later. Work with a Gallery that you know and trust.
3. Credential- The artist's background and credentials are important. Find out about the artist. Check the authorship of the work and xamine the credentials. The artist that created the work is the main factor in the value of the work.
4. Collectors- Is this artist's work in major Museums,...