Authenticity is everything. It is also an elastic word that begs for a deeper definition. Throughout the 1970’s galleries began offering an in house “Certificate of Authenticity” for the artwork they sold.
It was usually on some type of watermarked parchment paper and looked very important. The certificate was in the name of the company selling the art and signed by one of the company’s officers.
This practice continues today and in our opinion is a flagrant conflict of interest. Any opinion of authenticity should be given by a recognized 3rd party expert.
This is the philosophy behind the BULLETPROOF AUTHENTICATION™ gurantee. Our Bulletproof Authentication™ services mean that your art is authenticated by a respected expert in the field. By definition, an expert is one who has devoted a good portion of their life to the study of the artists’s work, has examined thousands of the artist’s works and has achieved a certain status among their peers. For any given artist there are only a handful of such individuals.
Secondly, Bulletproof Authentication™ services must be from a 3rd party. If you were buying a home, would you allow the seller to do the inspection? A collector should be equally discriminating when it comes to their art purchases.
Bulletproof Authentication services provide a written document from an authoritative figure that guarantees the legitimacy of the work in question. If the work is an original drawing, painting or sculpture, it means that the work was created by the hands of the artist.
If the work is a hand signed limited edition, the authentication guarantees that the artist authorized the production of the limited editions, had some involvement in the creation of the limited editions and that the work is signed by the hand of the artist. Our Bulletproof Authentication™ certification holds validity anywhere in the world.