$2,000 for a young artist's work - is it worth it?

Works by young artists can command more than four figures a piece, but galleries and artists say art sales are not sufficient for survival

Step into an art show for new artists and it is not unusual to see four-figure price tags.

For first-time art buyers who expect to find "bargains" by checking out fresh faces at graduate shows or young talent showcases at galleries, a $1,500 price tag may present a bit of sticker shock. Especially when one can still find works by more mature and established artists for under $5,000.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 31, 2019, with the headline '$2,000 for a young artist's work - is it worth it?'. Subscribe