I wanted to write this article, as I think it's important for collectors to reach out to artists and galleries. It's not uncommon for collectors to become intimidated, especially when prices aren't posted. I wanted to post a funny incident from my collecting career, that illustrates the philosophy of 'what's the worst that can happen?' Maybe you look like a newbie collector, but so what. That's how you learn. My experience is detailed below.
I really liked a piece at the Seattle Art Fair this year, but the price wasn't posted. After the fair, I discovered the name of the artist and asked for pricing information, through Artsy. I wasn't familiar with the artist, but thought the piece would be around $2000-3000. I usually research artists and pricing thoroughly, but was caught up in the moment. Here is what transpired.
Me: How much is the piece?
Me: (Holy Shit. Looks Brooke up on internet and finds out that she is the sister of Kelly Rohrback, who dated Leonardo DiCaprio/played Pamela Anderson's 'CJ Parker' character in the Baywatch Movie w/The Rock.)
Thank you for the prompt response. I was unfamiliar with the artist but was extremely interested. Unfortunately, I was thinking it would be <$10,000. That's my fault.
Art isn't purchased at big-box stores. This blog is for collectors like me, who collect on a budget.