Value of Art

The Value of Art | Episode 1: Authenticity

“Authenticity is the soul of the object,” says Chinese works of art expert Nicolas Chow, adding “Anything that is worth something is worth being faked.” In Episode 1, see how Chow and other Sotheby’s specialists identify the true originals. Sometimes consulting an artist’s catalogue raisonné is enough to affirm authenticity, but other pieces require sleuthing for clues that only a seasoned expert would think to sniff out – sometimes quite literally.

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The Value of Art | Episode 2: Condition

Yes, the paint might be cracking on the surface of a canvas, but is that a signature feature of the artist’s work, or a sign of damage? Only experts like the seasoned team at Sotheby’s can correctly assess a work’s physical state and understand how condition impacts value. “Some people might want their Dutch landscape to look like it’s been sitting over a smoky wood fire for the last century,” says Old Masters Paintings specialist Jonquil O’Reilly. But as Episode 2 reveals, “perfection” is a nuanced matter.

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