first and foremost, art collecting should be a source of happiness first before you think of it as an investment.
if you have no emotional response to a particular piece, best leave it alone.
that way, the painting will continue to grow in emotional value -
long after the price is forgotten.
know what you are buying
knowledge of the different art mediums and printing techniques is fundamental to understanding what you are buying.
the artist has produced this singular work and it is therefore of the highest value.
this is one of a kind.
these are mechanically produced prints, which are signed by the artist.
their limited number makes them collectable and a good alternative for collectors who cannot afford an original.
these open editions (not limited) and posters are relatively inexpensive,
but mass produced.