Guidelines for experts authenticating works of fine art

These guidelines have been drafted with the expertise of fine art in mind, but they may be useful for other kinds of collectibles. Please note that these guidelines suggest best practice. These guidelines do not suggest a “one-size-fits-all” solution. The verifications and guidelines that are relevant may vary on a case-by-case basis.

These guidelines have no legal effect and do not constitute legal advice. Experts are responsible for complying with legal obligations in the jurisdiction(s) in which they operate and must obtain their own legal advice in this respect.

Finally, these guidelines do not consider employment or insurance concerns for the professional activity of experts, nor deal with data protection rules that may apply.


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