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Product Details

  • Paperback: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Capital Letters Press; No Edition Stated edition (June 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0975503103
  • ISBN-13: 978-0975503102
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #339,746 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A must read for art investors, art museum directors, aspiring and developing collectors. -- Ted Weeks M.A. (I.F.A) Art Historian, Former Curator Birmingham Museum of Art (AL)

Take this book wherever you go. Refer to it before buying or selling a valuable painting. An excellent reference guide! -- Dr. Arnie Landsman, Conservator and Art Appraiser, ASA

We’re always looking but reluctant to buy art, until now. Your book is an outstanding guide for understanding art. -- Jeff Stephenson, Book Distributor, FedEx Kinko’s Stores

From the Publisher

Art is not only about aesthetics; it is also about economics, and this book is about how to make money investing in art. This book is your complete reference for finding, researching, appraising, buying, and selling valuable paintings. It is packed with Web sites, telephone numbers, and industry contacts. Whether you are a serious art collector, investor, or dealer, or a weekend hobbyist who goes to every garage sale in town, you will refer to this book again and again.

This book is educational. It’s entertaining. It’s a valuable investment guide. It has shown thousands of people how to make money investing in art. Wealthy people have always known this. Now the secrets are revealed for you.


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I also found the book well written and very easy to follow.
Edith Piaf
A how-to guide for those interested in buying, selling, and/or investing in art.
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The Art Dealer's Field Guide is an invaluable reference book.
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34 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Infrequent Reviewer on September 26, 2009
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I don't usually write Amazon reviews. But this book annoyed me so much I felt compelled to spend the time and effort coming back to write a few brief words. This self-published book is for rank beginners only. It is poorly written, full of generalizations, truisms, flawed logic and "groan-out-loud-head-slapping" banal observations. If you have never set foot in a gallery nor bought a piece of art in your life, you may find it interesting. Anyone with even a modicum of experience would be well-served to look elsewhere. Alternatives I'd recommend include:
- The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art gives an excellent overview of the art business, including auctions, dealers and artists.
- Collecting Contemporary Art is a compilation of interviews with leading collectors of contemporary art who provide fascinating insights into collecting and dealing.
- Seven Days in the Art World dedicates each chapter to an "insider's" view of different art world sectors including dealers, auction houses, art fairs, magazines, etc.
- How to Start and Run a Commercial Art Gallery is an incredibly thorough guide on that topic, some of which is relevant to those looking to become a secondary dealer.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Abby Dozier on June 25, 2007
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The Art Dealer's Field Guide is an invaluable reference book. I have dog-eared half the book for future reference. It is full of useful web-addresses, resources & experts. It is an extremely practical book & I found it to be a crash course on the business of art. I do not think this information is readily available to the general public. I have a degree in fine art, but would never have known where to begin the type of research that is described in the book. This is full of information that can only be learned through years of experience & is most likely kept an industry secret. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in learning how to invest in art.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Scott Patrick on November 9, 2012
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I am an artist and I market and sell my own art and reproductions. This book has helped me learn the intentions of art buyers who buy for investment purposes and art buyers who purchase for personal enjoyment. I am also learning about the intentions and methods of art dealers, art galleries, auction houses and how they acquire information. From what I am learning, I feel more confident in my knowledge of selling art and what the buyer expects. I also feel more confident about competing with brick and mortar art galleries as I sell online and through temporary exhibits.
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By jjdhmi on July 6, 2014
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Wow, it's hard to summarize my impressions of this book. I guess this is, at heart, a book about how to make money buying and selling art, which doesn't seem a reasonable objective for more than a handful of people. First, it's widely considered very risky to buy and sell art as an investment strategy. More importantly, I can't imagine more than a handful of people taking the time and energy to become experts as described in this book. There are some interesting ideas and facts in the book so I learned a few random things. I never thought I'd read a self-help/how to get rich art collecting book, and hope I never make the same mistake again.
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Many good resources like mags, websites, books, organizations, events, and experts in the field. It is only a primer, so one needs to use it as a launching point for deeper learning and research. A keeper. Alternatively see my review of Seven Days In the Art World book.
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I've read through this book several time. Lots of information about going out into the world searching for art. Good links and resources also.
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Some good information. Investment projections were childish and pure hogwash.
Would like more information on buying current art of traditional, Western, Landscape, figurative.
Also art shows,
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15 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Ascione Ciro on June 30, 2006
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This book gives very good hints on how to deal with art but I think it illustrates very well how things work in the USA but not how to deal with the european art market.
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