Filed under: Art
Art crime is running rampant around the world. More of the modern Russian art on the market is fake, according to an ArtInfo report, and authenticity is a problem in Vietnam, as well. There are lawsuits here in the United States, as well. So, ArtInfo asks the fair question: why are the wealthy, usually financially savvy so vulnerable when it comes to art?
Excitement is certainly part of the problem. The high prices, limited supply and egos involved create an emotionally charged environment. As hedge fund spouse Danielle Ganek observes in her (rather painful) novel, Lulu Meets God and Doubts Him, "Art is the new cocaine." Yep, and that leads to some hasty decisions.
Experience usually makes a difference in protecting collectors from fakes. New collectors rush into the bidding process, not always understanding the quality or history of what they're buying, though there's also plenty of room for seasoned buyers to make mistakes. For the newcomers, the risks include wanting to gain access to what is seen as an exclusive club, social pressures to abide by this subculture's conventions and an unwillingness to ask questions ... mostly because of those social pressures.
Yet, for all the regrets that top collectors have related about impulse buying, there are others who lament not having been faster on the paddle.