The Art Collector’s Library: The Buying & Selling of Art

i sold Andy Warhol (too soon) by Richard Polsky
i sold Andy Warhol (too soon) by Richard Polsky

The Little Bookstore

The story of how a small bookstore in Philadelphia, PA, became a commercial gallery in the ’70s and ’80s, selling prints, paintings, and ephemera.

Two chapters are specific moments when Warhol was usually present: In 1965, he was photographing Campbell soup cans and creating his Brillo Box series. And in 1980, he made portraits of celebrities such as Mick Jagger and Christopher Reeve.

Who is in here: Andy Warhol, Edie Sedgwick, Jean Michel Basquiat, Keith Haring, Elyssa Goodman, Olivier Zahm, and many others.

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The Art Collector's Handbook The Definitive Guide to Acquiring and Owning Art by by Mary Rozell
The Art Collector’s Handbook The Definitive Guide to Acquiring and Owning Art by Mary Rozell

Advice from a Collector

Rozell comes from an art collector family and has collected for over 25 years. Her collection has been exhibited worldwide. In this book, she tells you how to start collecting independently or find an expert as an advisor or consultant if you already have a collection that you want to grow from small to extensive collections.

This book covers everything from the history of collecting, how to appreciate art, and how to start your collection. In addition, you’ll learn the difference between different types of art and what their prices might be like. The resource section includes all of the books and sites Rozell mentions.

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Could Have, Would Have, Should Have Inside the World of the Art Collector by Tiqui Atencio
Could Have, Would Have, Should Have Inside the World of the Art Collector by Tiqui Atencio

Drama and Tragedy

Atencio introduces us to a group of collectors who have shaped their passion for collecting.

As a series of intimate portraits, drama and tragedy unfold in each collector’s life. Each chapter begins with a collector’s love story about how they first began to collect art. We learn about their successes and failures in bidding for art.

Ultimately, the book addresses how we make sense of our relationship with art and why some people collect more than others.

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The Value of Art by Michael Findlay
The Value of Art by Michael Findlay

Value to Cultural Identity

Findlay is a Canadian artist and lecturer. In this book, he traces the relationship between artworks and their social significance since the 18th-century Enlightenment through to contemporary practices.

He describes how this relationship has changed over time and emphasizes the role of art in telling us about identity and community. Findlay also discusses various artworks with an eye to their relevance for contemporary practices.

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A Poor Collector's Guide to Buying by Erling Kagge
A Poor Collector’s Guide to Buying by Erling Kagge

What You Really Want

This book will help you learn when to spend your money and when not to. Kagge is a Norwegian adventurer, collector, and photographer who has lived in Antarctica for 17 years. He has written this book to help people avoid making mistakes like buying things they don’t need or want.

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The Art of Buying Art How to evaluate and buy art like a professional collector by Alan Bamberger
The Art of Buying Art How to evaluate and buy art like a professional collector by Alan Bamberger

The Checklist

As an art collector for over three decades and a gallerist for nearly twenty years, Bamberger knows what it takes to buy art professionally. The Art of Buying Art covers all aspects of what to do before buying a work of art – from estimating its worth to realizing its artistic attributes. In addition, he shares how to ensure that an art collection is aesthetically pleasing, cohesive, and suited for its location.

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