The Don'ts of Art Collecting – A Primer on What Not to Do


Please join our panel of industry experts as they discuss the “don’ts” of starting, building and protecting an art collection.

Think it could never happen to you? Our experts illustrate with real-world stories and don'ts of art collecting aimed to help all levels of collector improve their knowledge of their passion.

As an art collector, it's important to know both the dos and don'ts of collecting. While it may be tempting to focus only on acquiring pieces, it's just as important to develop and protect your collection. There are a few don'ts of art collecting that are important to keep in mind in order to develop and protect your collection. First, don't buy art purely for investment purposes. The value of art can fluctuate greatly, so it's important to purchase pieces that you genuinely enjoy and will want to keep in your collection for the long term. Second, don't be afraid to do your own research. There is a lot of expertise in the art world, but you don't need to rely solely on others' opinions when making decisions about your collection.

In attending this session, guests will learn about the don'ts of art collecting:

  • Practical advice to better develop and protect your collection
  • The expertise in the art world available to you
  • How to make a profit by damaging priceless works of art
  • How a 35-ton sculpture can be dangerous
  • Why not everyone is qualified to move works of art

Panel Discussion: Karen Boyer, Sam Pugatch and James Kober

This is a discussion between art advisor, Karen BoyerSam Pugatch, Director of Business Development for the Fine Art Department at DeWitt Stern; and James Kober, a Publishing executive and technology innovator.

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Karen Boyer

Karen Boyer is a former hedge-fund executive who studied art history at the Sorbonne and later turned her love of New York’s galleries and emerging art scene into a successful art advisory business, Elements in Play.  Working with both beginning and experienced collectors, Karen facilitates the development and refinement of her clients...

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Sam Pugatch

In his current position as Director of Business Development for the Fine Art Department at DeWitt Stern, Sam is responsible for overseeing a number of premier accounts as well as developing marketing and sales strategies for continued growth. He has created initiatives including an automated online program for insurance targeting the rare book market and a post-Sandy flood insurance program for...

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James Kober

James Kober brings more than 20-years experience as a Publishing executive and technology innovator. James enjoys leading teams and implementing innovative solutions that move business forward. He has a proven track record for anticipating new technology solutions prior to wide acceptance in the marketplace and he’s been an early adopter of cloud technology. A frequent speaker at Digital...

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