How to Authenticate a Contemporary Artwork

artnet News | Henri Neuendorf:

Authenticity is one of the most important properties of an artwork. After all nobody—in most cases—wants to buy a fake. However when the stakes are high, the process of authentication can be complicated, and fraught with difficulties—especially when the artist is dead. And in the contemporary art market authentication of high-priced works has become contentious. “You take a chance,” Richard Polsky, of Richard Polsky Art Authentication told artnet News. “The risk is that when a collector or dealer submits something and they’re wrong, not only are they going to lose money on the deal they’re working on involving that piece, they risk their reputation too.”… Read more

Image: Andy Warhol only signed his work after it had been sold and was about to leave the studio. Photo: EMMANUEL DUNAND/AFP/Getty Images