How to Authenticate Artwork You Want to Buy

You’re all set to buy a painting. You like the way it looks and the price is right. But one question remains: Can the seller prove it is by the named artist and not a forgery or misattributed?

It’s a crucial question. Proof of authorship is essential if one day you want to sell the piece. If a private buyer, gallery or auction house questions the work’s authenticity, it may become unsellable, and your money lost.