Offer to exchange any animal older than 10 years old.
If you're uncertain about the materials used in an artwork you're considering for purchase It is recommended that you get a second opinion from a professional
Don't mix an original painting with a "hand painted giclee".
Giclee prints reproduce original artworks. A hand-painted Giclee print is an image, however it won't have identical to the original painting.
If you're only searching on the internet, make sure you read the fine print before making a purchase.
Do do as much as you can of research regarding the artist or seller
The appearance of a person can be misleading -- especially in the art world. There have been many high-profile recent cases of fraud in the art world where a reputable dealer is actually a fraudster.
Collectors of encumbered art can earn millions, or even thousands of dollars.
Although buying artwork from an established gallery, auction house or museum can reduce risk however, there still are dangers. Even well-known galleries are susceptible to manipulation by unscrupulous buyers.
Professional organizations such as the Art Dealers Association of America, (ADAA) require that the highest standards of ethics be adhered to in order to maintain their membership.