Alan Bamberger Biography Profile


Site principal, Alan Bamberger, is an art consultant, advisor, author, and independent appraiser specializing in research, appraisal, and all business and market aspects of original works of art, artist manuscript materials, art-related documents, and art reference books. He has been selling art since 1979 and rare and scholarly art reference books since 1982, and has been consulting, advising and appraising for artists, galleries, businesses, organizations and collectors since 1985.

Bamberger has appeared on CNN's Daywatch, PBS radio, KTLA's Making It (Los Angeles), and KRON-TV in San Francisco, and answered art business questions on New York City Cable TV's Project Art Show. He's been quoted in numerous media including the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, the International Herald Tribune, Great Britain's Guardian Unlimited, the Toronto Star, Marketplace (National Public Radio), the Los Angeles Times, New York Newsday, the San Francisco Chronicle, Esquire, ESPN Magazine, Real Simple, ARTnews, The Arizona Republic and Wired and has been featured in the Chicago Tribune, the San Francisco Examiner, Kiplinger's Personal Finance, Your Money, and other publications.

Bamberger has written about the art business since 1983. His syndicated column, "Art Talk," debuted in 1985 and appeared in antique and collectibles newspapers and magazines nationwide including Antique Week, Mid-Atlantic Antiques Magazine, Yesteryear, Antique and Collectables, The Collector, Antiques and Auction News, Antique Gazette,Old Stuff, and Collectors Journal. Bamberger also authored the "Turning Pro" column for Coagula Art Journal and "Your Business Questions" for Art Calendar Magazine, and has written numerous articles about the art business for publications such as American Artist, Art Ltd., Antiques and Fine Art, Antiques West, Antique Trader, San Francisco Review of Books, and Art of California. He has also written three books, Buy Art Smart and Art For All, published by Wallace-Homestead in 1990 and 1994 respectively, and The Art of Buying Art, published by Gordon's Art Reference in 2002, revised and enlarged and republished in 2007. Most recently, it was revised, enlarged, expanded, and republished by Robinson, an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group, London, UK, 2018.

He offers opinions and perspective relating to legal matters involving art, has been consulted by Spencer Michaels of The News Hour With Jim Lehrer, financial columnist Andrew Leckey for his annual predictions on what's hot in the art market, been interviewed by Random House editors for the art section of their book The Practical Guide to Practically Everything, and is a listed expert in Tony Hyman's best selling book Trash or Treasure. He also speaks to artist, museum and collector groups across the country and was the original moderator of the "Topics in Art" forum on the Antique Week website.

Bamberger is a member of the Association of Online Appraisers (of which he has served on the Ethics Committee), and also appraises art for Auctionata and AppraiseItNet. He was a member in good standing of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association of America and the International League of Antiquarian Booksellers from 1997-2011. Additionally, he has served on the Board of Directors of Creativity Explored, an organization dedicated to encouraging artistic expression in the developmentally challenged; on the exhibition committee of Visual Aid, a service organization serving artists with life threatening illnesses; and has worked with ArtSpan which produces San Francisco Open Studios.


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