UV Black light a Smart Way To Inspect Collectibles, Heirlooms – See Short Video

You don’t have to be a sophisticated collector of art to need a UV black light in your pocket when you are antiquing, gallery hopping or wandering around auction previews. If you have one in hand, its FUN to see the hidden conditions, restorations etc! Here’s a short video about a painting collector who didn’t use one and got taken big time!

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Tips for Collectors: Protecting Yourself from Counterfeit and Fraudulent Art

Real versus Fake?

Distinguishing a genuine work of art from a counterfeit wannabe stands at the base of every collector’s worry. “Fakes” are not always an effort to deceive.  However, most “fakes” are fraudulent. Here are a few different scenarios to consider:

  • An artist’s estate can ethically add an artist’s signature to a piece post mortem in an effort to identify the estate and the artist on artwork that was unsigned originally.
  • An unscrupulous art dealer can add a signature to make the artwork more valuable.  Even the counterfeit signature of an unknown name can make the artwork more valuable than an unsigned painting.
  • A “new” painting can be antiqued to look old.
  • An old painting can be restored ineptly in order  to mask or disguise repairs that it changes the nature of the artwork and the art is no longer an “original.”
  • Old artwork, now dirty, can be mistaken for something it is not.  This can be an honest mistake by a collector or dealer.

Here are two interesting examples that recently came into the lab: (more…)