Some clever Australian has come out with a book called How to Buy and Sell Art
, damn him, scooping Lisa's title, How to Buy Art
. So now we need a new title.
Her book, in case you're wondering, is about how to buy art: contemporary paintings, prints, photos, 19th Century works, sculpture, ethnic art, and Oriental carpets. It's for the intelligent layman who just wants beautiful things in his or her place and doesn't have a museum's budget. Small enough for your jacket pocket. Warns about all the major pitfalls in buying fakes and smuggled works. Tells you what to look for and what to look out for.
So... here's another title contest. Can you guys come up with a title to replace How to Buy Art
? Anyone who pitches a title close to one Lisa eventually uses, gets a free signed copy of the book.
Alex, I think you already have the title, BUYING ART FOR THE INTELLIGENT LAYMAN.
- ART FOR THE REST OF US
- BUYING ART ISN'T A DYING ART
- A MASTERPIECE IN MY PLACE
(rev. A MASTERPIECE ON MY MANTLE)
- BUY TODAY MASTERPIECE TOMORROW
- ART THAT ORT: The Secrets to Buying and Selling Quality Artwork
- A Masterpiece in my Pocket: Your Guide to Buying and Selling quality Artwork
- The Connoisseur Next Door (Play on "Millionaire Next Door")
I'm sure more will come to light...
Oh, God, not a title competition -- I can't resist.
Objects Of Desire: Investing in Art and other valuable objects
Beautiful Commerce: Buying art, antiques, and other valuable objects
The Affordable Muse (or Museum)
The Impecunious Collector [A little off, but what the hell.]
Invested in Art (or, I don't know much about art, but I know what I can afford.)
I reserve the right to add more stupid titles to this list until I am told to stop or it becomes embarassing.
BUT WILL IT GO WITH MY DRAPES?
How about something simple...
The Art of Buying Art
Thanks for the sage suggestions. Two of my favorites, The Impecunious Collector and Objects of Desire are apparently already titles for books about antique furniture, alas.
The Art of Buying Art -- also excellent -- is unfortunately the title of the main competition for this book. (Grr, hiss.)
Keep 'em coming -- and thanks!
Hang This Book!
(or learn how to buy something better.)
Can you put in something about how to pick up the rich bored girls working in galleries?
Maybe in the endnotes?
Art for Your Sake
A Purchase for the Eyes
Saving Money buying Art
I like it but is it Art?: getting the real thing in a competitive world
Making the Apartment a Better Place
Too Much Art, Too Little Wall
Hanging Up: Making decisions in the World of Art
Everything you wanted to know about art but was afraid to ask - a buyers guide
Just one more -- I can stop any time I want...
The Artful Buyer:(appropriate subtitle here)
Aha - I think I've finally got an account set up and can post comments! Wooo-hoo!
Some more possibilities:
- Fearless Art! How to find and buy great art, without getting ripped off.
- Art for Everyone: the secrets of buying fine art
- Smart Art: how to buy fine art without getting ripped off
- Wily Art: acquiring art you'll love
- Beautification: finding art for your home and life
- The Finer Things: finding art for your home and life
OK, so maybe I won't be winning any contests any time soon, it was still fun ;) ...
The Accidental Art Collector.
Smart Guide to Art Collecting.
Smart in the Art Mart: A Layman's guide.
A Smart Guide to the Art Market.
Suicide Bomber's Guide to Art Collecting.
Street Smarts for the Art Mart.
Smart Art Shopper.
Amateur's Guide to Art Collecting.
Art Shopper's Smart Guide.
Smart Art Collectors Guide.
Smart Art Collecting.
Artless Guide to Buying and Selling Art.
Art Collecting made Simple.
Art Investment made Simple.
The Art Investor's monologues.
The Naked Virgin's Guide to Art Investment.
The Joy of Art Investment.
A Home Guide for Buying Art.
The Finer Things: Finding Art for Your Home and Life
I'd snatch that one off the shelf -- and I'm an interior decorator.
"THE ART OF BUYING ART"
How to buy Art that's precious to you.
Art for your Home, not some musuem.
Thanks for all the great suggestions. I've sent a list of possible titles off to my editor.
PS. Dennis -- as for how to pick up the bored rich girls who work at galleries, I suggest you start by being an investment banker...
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