Original or prints?

People who seriously collect art would rather have nothing but originals on their walls. Make sure your artworks are insured if this is how you choose to go. Prints are the most cost-effective solution, especially if you have many bare walls to cover.

If you would like more bang for your buck buy art that’s already framed. Many go for less than $ 100 complete with framing. If you don’t do it this way, your customized frame (which can range from $ 150 and up) will typically end up costing more than the print.

I would also recommend purchasing art that’s not too recognizable. The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, for example, are highly familiar pieces. No one is going to believe that you own the original and neither will they be impressed by this choice if ever you hang reproductions of these in your home.

A poster of a museum exhibition that features works by Leonardo Da Vinci or Picasso for a specific time frame, on the other hand, is perfectly acceptable. This tells people you are into collecting exhibition posters, which is a separate pursuit in itself.

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