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The Value of Art
Posted by TK on 3/18/2008 4:40:02 PM (ET)
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"A thing of beauty is a joy forever: Its loveliness increases" KEATS

Why collect art?

To answer this question, you have to ask yourself why you are considering acquiring a piece of art. Fine art can cost a significant sum, but if it meets your needs, it’s worth every penny. As long as you enjoy it, art is never a waste of money

Anyone can buy art, and for almost any reason. Whether a seasoned or first-time buyer, there is a perfect work of art for every collector.

Art Is For Enjoyment

Art is meant to be displayed and enjoyed, unlike other commodities like shares or bonds. You will look at it every day, so collect something that makes you feel good and that you will appreciate looking at day after day, no matter what other people may say. Artwork is personal – it should inspire you, touch your soul, stimulate your thoughts and bring a smile to your lips. It should bring you pleasure.

Art Enhances Your Environment

It is not coincidental that beautiful homes have art as an integral part of the décor. A well placed work of art can be the center piece of a room; the focal point that arrests your attention when you enter. Art lends life and color to otherwise plain and ordinary walls. A well thought-out art collection will help create a unique ambience in your home and make it more attractive. For similar reasons, art often graces commercial premises, such as office lobbies and the offices of top executives.

Art Makes a Statement

The kind of art you surround yourself with says much about your personality, tastes and values. Art truly is a mirror of the soul. It’s an expression of who you are. Be true to yourself, and choose art which is meaningful to you.

Art Can Be An Investment

There are investors who like to put their money in art to diversify their portfolios. They do this for two main reasons: emotional as well as financial benefits.

Art is an investment which you can actually admire and enjoy. And researching and hunting down a desired piece of art can be as much fun as owning it! Many art collectors enjoy combing galleries, websites and auctions in pursuit of their passion. Profiting from the sale of a find is a bonus. The promise of both pleasure and profit from art certainly adds to the appeal of art collecting.

Remember, art enriches your life and makes an impression. It is unique and precious and is a gift to be shared from one generation to the next. It is something that we should all have the opportunity to enjoy and perpetuate… Happy art collecting!

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