Some estates of artists have stopped providing COAs. However any gallery with a good reputation should be able provide a COA for in the event that the artist is alive.
Artwork Archive's Premier Collector plan lets subscribers upload and store digital copies of every COA of the artwork using its "additionalfiles" function.
Do: Verify the materials employed
It is not required for paintings that are oil or acrylic-on-canvas to be confirmed the materials used. Mixed art works will require further confirmation.
For media pieces, it is recommended that you get a complete listing of items from the vendor. This could be due to various reasons.
Certain materials might not age well or have an extended shelf life, which you as the buyer must be aware of prior to making a purchase. Multimedia work could comprise
Components, such as light bulbs, that require to be replaced eventually -- but what do you do if the components aren't being made anymore? Caveat
Damien Hirst's "rotting shark" is probably the most well-known example of this situation. Its title is"The Physical Impossibility of Death in the minds of someone.
Living that was advertised at more than $10 million in the 2000s, despite its apparent decay, was sold.
Tate wrote an article in 2003 stating, "The formaldehyde solution for The Physical Impossibility to Death in the Mind Of A Living Person was found."
It was so cloudy that it was difficult to discern the animal within the case. Therefore, it was not surprising that Larry Gagosian, the dealer, announced the substitution
"The shark is to be seen in the same way as a replacement for a neon tube in Dan Flavin's installation." Damien Hirst's studio is now
Any animal older than 10 year old can be swapped out by the artist.