I am a self confessed art nerd. I mean...how many people do you know that scan the Sotheby's and Christie's web pages to see what's coming up for auctions and what has sold?? In my fantasy world I tell myself that I could have so afforded that Giacometti sculpture or that Paul Klee painting. And why didn' that Leger sell; the estimate was only 500,000.00! As with anything I think you should buy the best you can afford; that includes artwork. Buying original artwork brings me joy. If you establish a rapport with a gallery owner it is easier to purchase quality, original artwork that can be affordable. Most will offer time to pay for it. Artwork adds personality and individualism to a home. All artwork does not have to be purchased from a gallery. Some of my favorite pieces were purchased at flea markets or ebay. Should I have invested the money into an IRA instead of artwork....absolutely. Would that be as fun...no. I have made some good investments in my art purchases....an added bonus. I am aware that the appreciation of art is completely subjective...but it sure makes coming home from work a little more enjoyable.