think about it. I'll give you a call later on." When the
gallery sees you're about to leave, most of them will make
an effort to `make an exception this one time, just for
you' and offer an accommodation. If you find they really
stick to their policy (which is a rare case) you should start
doing some research to find a gallery more open to working
with you.
However, there are other values you can ask for
known as freebies or additional accommodations. For
example, if the artist has a book about them, ask for a
signed copy of the artist's book. This is a must-have for all
collectors, because you want a book by your favorite artist,
you want to be able to read about their works, their
thoughts, and have it out on display for your friends to
enjoy. Another great request is a letter of dedication, either
on the back of the painting or on a separate paper, from the
artist to yourself congratulating you on your new purchase
or commemorating a special day in your life.
A less known and not so obvious freebie is
smaller artworks by the same artist you can negotiate to be
part of your purchase. If you are in a gallery and you seea
small work catching your eye, one which is not expensive
and of lesser value, say three hundred dollars up to maybe
five hundred dollars, it's a good idea to ask the gallery to
make it part of the whole discount package you're
negotiating for. This gives you the ability to acquire one
artwork for free and receive the other one at a discounted
Many market savvy artists will already have free
works available for clients buying a significant piece. Quite
often when you purchase an original painting or sculpture
the artist has a maquet or sketch of the sculpture available
as an extra gift. These gifts are there for you, and the
gallery is more than happy to give them to clients. The
only issue is whether you know to ask for them,