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#2 FLYING UNDER THE RADAR: tHE DISCOVERY OF A LOST MASTERPIECE


George W Lambert's portrait of an unidentified sitter, found at auction in the UK.


George W Lambert's portrait of an unidentified sitter, found at auction in the UK.

It sometimes happens that important artworks fly under the radar at auction. In many cases the work may be unsigned or have been attributed to the wrong artist at some stage in its life and never corrected.  The work may also have been passed down through generations and its significance lost over time. 

These lost artworks occasionally find themselves in one of the many small, provincial auction houses around the world and sold for a fraction of their true value had they been identified, correctly attributed and marketed to the right audience.  

In the internet age not a whole lot gets missed anymore and competition can be fierce.  However with the right knowledge and a lot of perseverance, finding these hidden gems can be a rewarding and often very profitable experience.  In this post I share some of my best tips and strategies to discovering important works that fly under the radar...

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