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News-Antique.com - Apr 02,2007 - March 26, 2007-- Whether itís the dog-eared baseball cards you still have stashed under the bed or the Barbie dolls you tucked away in the attic, collecting is fun and most people come by it naturally.
If youíre one of those folks who are straddling the fence and canít decide where to begin, think about collecting what you love. Thatís the advice Iíve heard most from collectors and experts in the field.
It was a love of scrimshaw that hooked President John F. Kennedy on collecting. It was a passion for paperweights that fueled the French writer Coletteís glass collection. The British writer George Bernard Shaw amassed cigar bands and once asked his American lawyer to get him a complete set of cigar bands printed in the U.S.
The passion to collect expands over time. The more you focus, the more you learn the important distinctions in a field.
Pick something. Thatís the beginning.
ďThe more the art dominated my life and my house, the more the house became a home,Ē Burt Reynolds said about his own collecting in ďArchitectural Digest.Ē
Reynoldsís comment speaks volumes about how artwork can change the look and feel of a room. Collectors learn what moves them. There is a physical, mental and visual experience that follows. Itís hard to live without art once you get used to it. Paintings, sculpture, photography, and ceramics become old friends.
Collecting is not unlike eating peanuts. Itís hard to stop once you get started.
Collecting also usually leads to specialization. Once you learn the good, better, best rule in a category, you know what to look for. The people Iíve seen whoíve been the most successful specialize.
Buy the best you can afford. Thatís another point I want to stress. Itís much better to buy one good painting than five average ones. Money follows quality, and Iím talking good quality. This applies to almost everything I can think of.
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