which is what makes most of the headlines these days -- remains the most volatile market. It is also therefore the one offering the top rewards, so long, as Bocart notes, that you “buy wisely, sell wisely, and take care regarding authentication.
Value is found not only in the artist, but in the quality of a given work. Always buy the best you can afford – and to do so, of course, requires, again, understanding and a certain amount of expertise in the artist’s oeuvre.
How do you know an artist really hand-signed a work? The artist’s birth/date dates should be listed on any COA so that you know the real Pablo Picasso (born 1881; died 1973) really signed it, as opposed to a Pablo Picasso in Chicago, IL who is still alive. It is important that the artist’s dates be present to make this distinction very clear.