Support the arts and earn money: invest in art

There are many things one can invest in. Art is one of them.

Think about it. Art. Unlike many typical investments like stocks and bonds, you can actually hang this investment on your wall and enjoy it for a lifetime. It doesn’t have to be far away, or intangible, or never seen. Art can be a beautiful investment, literally. And you can watch and enjoy it every day.

In art, there are a number of possible categories to invest in. The main genres include paintings, drawings, photographs, and the list goes on.

There are also many levels of investment available in art. From multi-million dollar collector/museum masterpieces to emerging or established local street artists. If you have a lot of money to invest in art, there are many professionals who can help you do it. If you have a relatively small or normal amount of investable funds, you may need to do this yourself. Here are some tips.

arrive early

Artists start out as potential emerging artists. Then, if they are successful and emerge, they are known as established artists. Then, if they are very successful, they are known as famous artists or teachers. Imagine buying an early photograph of Ansel Adams before he settled down and became famous. Or buy an early Andy Warhol when he was still an unknown graphic artist. And alive. Imagine if he bought the work of those artists early on, at or before the emerging stage of their careers. In today’s market, original Ansel Adams photos can fetch between $25,000 and $70,000. Some of those signed by Andy Warhol can cost more than a million dollars.

Some emerging artists of today are destined to be the Ansel Adams or Andy Warhol of tomorrow. Or maybe they become “just” an established artist whose work brings in a substantial amount of money. And a good return on investment from him. Artists. Find one. Find them early. and invest


What is a good way to start investing in emerging artists? The traditional way is to find an artist whose work you like and buy a painting or photo. Or two. Or more. Make sure the work is signed by the artist and is authentic. If possible, buy art directly from the artist, her agent, or a reputable gallery.

So, enjoy the art. Hang it on the wall of your home or business. See examples here:

Or, if you buy several, or many, pieces of art, store the ones you don’t hang in a secure, environmentally protected storage facility. You can also rotate the art from wall to storage and back again, as many times as you like, adding even more ongoing enjoyment.

increase the value

And then once you own the art, maybe you could promote the artist. You can promote the artist through your social networks, your friends and family and your other contacts, etc. If you do this, be sure to mention that you own art by this artist. You could create rumours. Create demand for the artist’s work. You could tell everyone about the artist and his work! And hopefully watch the value of the artist art you own increase.

Invest in art. Not only will you be supporting the arts and enjoying them on your wall, you may also be making a good investment! As with any investment, experts recommend only using excess money you don’t need right away, whether it’s a few hundred dollars, a few thousand, or a few million. And, with riskier investments, money you can afford to lose.

There are many things to invest in. Art is one of them. A nice artistic investment. Invest and enjoy!

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