Is it safe to buy art online?

Buying art online

Probably you are a very busy person, as most contemporary humans and this is the time when you are starting thinking about buying a piece of art.

You do not have time for a gallery crawl, you don’t want to wait for another art fair and so you are considering buying an artwork online.

Art costs much more than other goods we usually on e-commerce platforms, so you have doubts if your purchase will be secure and your order won’t result in a failure and frustration.

In this blog post I am listing the most common fairs of buying art online, advice how to make sure your online purchase is safe and you will be happy with it.

1. Will the artwork look as good in reality as it looks on a screen?

If you have any doubts about the appearance of the artwork you like, don’t be shy to ask the artist or the gallery to e-mail you more detailed photos.

Contemporary black and white abstract painting
Contemporary black and white abstract painting
“Sign No 6”, abstract painting by artist Gina Vor (Switzerland)

2. How do I know the artwork is unique?

Artists and galleries usually provide Certificates of Authenticity, so don’t be shy to ask if there is one accompanying the work you have chosen. New technologies also help to prove authenticity of artworks and track provenance, like online certification service Tagsmart that uses cutting edge technology to certify art.

Contemporary painting
Contemporary painting
“Birds, Beetle and Berries”, contemporary painting by artist R.Wayne Reynolds (USA)

3. Is it safe to pay for art online?

If you are buying art directly from an artist, I would advice to use PayPal as well. This service is easy to use and you can always file a dispute and get your money back if something goes wrong.

“Intrusive Thoughts”, bronze sculpture by artist Aurelija Simkute (Lithuania)

4. What if I don’t like an artwork that I’ve bought online?

If it is not what you expected, you will have to return it within a certain period of time, so don’t miss the deadline.

5. What if the artwork arrives damaged?

However, I would advice to check double check with the seller prior to the purchase and make sure that the artist or gallerist you are buying from will insure the piece before shipping.

Hope you found this blog post useful. If you have more questions, do not hesitate to ask in the comments!

Thinking about buying art online? Visit my contemporary art boutique and take a look at carefully curated contemporary art collections. Do not hesitate to drop me a line if anything catches your eye :)


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I help passionate art collectors and talented artists meet each other via my online art gallery