Fine Art/acquisition


I am writing a novel and need info on how art is obtained by galleries and/or museums. Is there a specific person responsible or an industry standard of acquisition procedures, ie.logging the art piece to/from, inventory and tracking details? How are paintings transported if not rolled in tubes?

Dear Kathy,

Every museum and gallery has their own method of acquisition and there is not an industry standard. Valuable pieces are usually crated in wood, (if framed), and shipped using a reputable professional fine art shipping company. The charges depend on the piece being shipped as it is insured for the value of the art.

The tracking details are agreed upon by the shipper, the insurance company and shipping company. The insurance company will often set the requirements as they are the guarantors that the art that was shipped is the same art that is delivered.

I hope this information is helpful.

Best regards,

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I can assist with identification, acquisition, representation, and care of fine art prints and original paintings. I can provide information that will assist you in determining the value of your art; but I do not give valuations on allexperts.


Dolly D. Headley, owner of Headley Fine Art, LLC, has provided consultative art services to retail gallery clients in Sausalito, CA, and at since 1998. Her experience as a Senior Art Consultant, Gallery Director, researcher, and an extensive art research library; has allowed her to provide people with personalized consultation services. Dolly is a volunteer at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art.

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