First-Time Religious Icons Buying Guide: What You Need to Know

The rarer the things you buy, the harder it will be to collect them. This is particularly true for antique Russian icons, many of which are on the brink of extinction. However, it shouldn’t stop you from pursuing your dreams because, as it has always been, the reward is worth the challenge and risk. Today, you will find out how to choose and buy religious icons for the first time and don’t get scammed. So, what do you need to know?

First-time religious icons buying guide

What makes a professional icon collector? Apparently, it’s scrupulous attention to detail and tutored eyes since 90% of your success depends on how well you can evaluate the icon. Below is the list of qualities that each icon has. Based on them, you have to know how to distinguish an original piece of art from forgery. 


Icons are valued for their profound cultural and historical background. However acute you are, sometimes, it is almost impossible to tell the real difference. In such a situation, you need to hire icon advisers & managers. 


The rarity, or exclusiveness, of the icon depends on many factors. For example, the icon can be painted by some rare icon painter or even belong to some exclusive icon painting school. Who knows? You might even end up being a happy owner of a one-of-a-kind rarity. 

Integrity & Quality

Due to the peculiarities of wood, sacred images are rather vulnerable. Time is the number one icon killer, so you better go for a climate-controlled art storage facility or find an appropriate place where you can preserve the museum quality of your icons for many years.  

When buying an antique icon, you need to have this rudimentary knowledge and use it in practice. With this information, it would be easier to pick the quality artwork, as well as much harder for scammers to deceive you.

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