If you'd steal it, buy it

If you're thinking about buying a piece of art, there are some important factors you should take account of, writes Ros Drinkwater.

3rd February, 2013
Vladimir Tretchikoff's Chinese Girl is estimated to make stg£500,000 at auction. Photo: Ros Drinkwater

To borrow a phrase from Roger Waters, "It can't be helped, but there's a lot of it about" - I'm talking about bad art. To the chagrin of art critics, there is no accounting for taste and kitsch sells by the bucket load.

In my childhood, en route to the Saturday morning art class at the Glasgow School of Art, I came across an excited crowd round the window of a commercial art gallery and...

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