Originally Posted by estreeter
Don't they have art assessors for that ? I would assume that anyone spending that much on a painting would want to insure it - surely the insurance company would insist on paperwork verifying its authenticity ?
I know there are several highly controversial paintings hanging in various galleries worldwide which have uncertain origins, but I would have thought the experts could verify 95% of the work they look at. Compare that to high-end audio and one man's 'energetic delivery' can easily be anothers 'fatiguing treble'. A poor analogy, I know, but anyone buying paintings in the fashion you've described would be a sucker for high-end snake oil.
Yes and No...
Certified accession is common in Western work but certainly not true with Asian arts, which the history of collecting and appraising is still short, especially for art in this price range. Big names in western art are always registered and have accession # so it is very difficult to sell an ingenuine copy. But occasionally, even works displayed in a reputable museum turn out to be fake.
The Asian "forgery industry" is far more resourceful and experienced in producing fake replicas, they have been doing this for hundreds of years. Recently, we see a huge increase interest in oriental art by Chinese business men with big wallet. It is safe to say 25% of all the "authentic" antique and art sold by reputable auction house in Hong Kong & China are fake. The number is even higher among private transactions. There is news about a chair set made from jade in Han dynasty auctioned for $35 million usd turn out to be a fake (cost about $300,000 to make). The funny thing is that ppl in Han dynasty don't sit in chair but on floor instead.
My point is, it doesn't matter if the art is real or fake if the viewer can't distinguish the difference. It is all in your mind so what ever make you happy. If you "think" the note coming out that $20000 speaker sound sweeter than the same note from a laptop's speaker, then that is how you should listen to your music.
Edited by psun786 - 4/20/12 at 3:52pm