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Collecting Art: A Handbook

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“…what motivates an individual to start collecting art? But more intriguing, what sustains their interest in this endeavour, even after purchasing maybe a hundred, or two or three hundred artworks?” Although people have been collecting art and other collectibles for a couple of centuries, it is only in the last few decades that art collecting has become a veritable avocation in Nigeria, and Africa.

This timely volume does not attempt to answer the question of why or how people become avid and sometimes even compulsive, collectors of works of art; nor is it a sociological or academic study. Rather, it tries in a “systematic, knowledgeable, and organised way”, to be a “how-to” guide for the novice as well as established collectors; and also for other art enthusiasts – journalists and critics; dealers and gallery owners; investors and scholars, on how to navigate the complex, and often-tortuous paths of this multi-million dollar business.

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