How to start an art collection

By RA employees

Revealed 10 June 2019

There are over 1,500 works within the 2019 Summer time Exhibition – and most of them are on the market. So how do you select? Listed here are our prime ideas for purchasing your first items of unique artwork.

An earlier model of this text was printed in 2016.

The artwork market can look like a frightening world, reserved for these with tens of millions to spend on artworks by the most important names within the enterprise. However don’t be intimidated: everybody can get pleasure from shopping for and proudly owning artwork in an inexpensive approach. Whether or not it’s a portray, photographic print, monotype or etching, the secret is to decide on one thing you’re keen on and purchase with confidence. Katherine Oliver, Artwork Gross sales Programme Curator on the RA, shares some recommendations on beginning, constructing and displaying a group.

Purchase one thing for the straightforward purpose that you simply love it. As Norman Ackroyd RA mentioned about gathering, “When it goes on the wall, can you reside with it? Typically in fact the query is, may you reside with out it – and if it’s no, that’s while you actually go for one thing.”

Be discerning and courageous. When you’re in search of one thing in a specific model, it’s higher to decide on a very good instance of this sort of work from an thrilling rising artist than to scrimp and save to purchase one thing second-rate from somebody better-known. There’s nice satisfaction in supporting the following technology of artists.

Instagram is turning into an more and more vital discussion board for artists, galleries and collectors, with a rising variety of patrons buying works discovered by the platform. Comply with up to date business galleries to find rising artists and artwork festivals for key occasions within the arts calendar, from main festivals like Frieze to smaller occasions such because the London Unique Print Truthful. Talking of prints…

Usually main artists will produce printed editions in smaller, inexpensive batches, bought by non-profit making organisations just like the RA, Aperture or the Whitechapel Gallery, so preserve an eye fixed out for collaborations and different limited-edition print initiatives they’re doing. Alongside our year-round Artwork Gross sales collections that includes many restricted version prints, the RA collaborates with Personal Artwork – a authorities scheme which allows folks to purchase artworks with the assistance of an interest-free mortgage. We’re additionally happy to be collaborating with Artspace, who’ve extra recommendations on gathering. On our Summer time Exhibition Explorer, you should purchase each prints and framed editions from this yr’s exhibiting artists.

How to start an art collection

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If the artwork world seems like a chilly, intimidating, and infrequently very closed place—nicely, it kinda is. But it surely’s additionally a beautiful world to wade into, from the fun of the hunt to the frenzy of discovery.

And we’re right here to inform you that it’s not out of attain, irrespective of how small your price range.

This could possibly be your wall someday:

The massive secret in regards to the artwork world is that there kinda isn’t any artwork world. It is extra about studying the panorama, honing your aesthetic and making a couple of connections. Money circulation, fortunately, is secondary.

Whether or not you are trying to purchase your first main work (we’ll coach you thru that subsequent) or simply tripping out on an artist’s work on Tumblr, all it takes is participation. The perfect recommendation is “purchase slowly, use correctly.”

Suggestions On Getting Began

2. Do not simply settle for a supplier’s worth—test a database like See what related works are going for.

3. Do not buy one thing since you suppose you may flip it. Purchase what you want—and purchase to maintain. Consider your assortment as your property.

4. Do not buy a poster even when it is a Warhol. When you do purchase from an version of prints, purchase from a small version and ensure it is signed.

5. Do not be too hip. It is exhausting to be on the upside of the curve except you are an insider. Higher to purchase one thing that is gone a bit obscure, even out—suppose fashionable, not up to date. (I keep in mind when pulp artwork was low cost. Now I am liking ’70s color-field painters.)

The place To Discover Inspiration

1. Go to artwork festivals

Pascal Spengemann, director of Marlborough Chelsea and Broome Avenue, explains:

Festivals are full of as a lot artwork as museums, so the layman can change into an insider in a short time. You get to see loads of work from loads of completely different galleries , and the sellers are desperate to make gross sales. Sellers like an informed client, however should you’re open to studying in regards to the work, they’re interested by increasing their clientele.

Simply search for somebody with a badge on and do not be afraid to ask questions. How is one thing made? How outdated is the artist? How well-known? You possibly can ask worth immediately, and it’s normal for a collector to ask for a 10 p.c low cost. As soon as you’ve got discovered some galleries that really feel like kindred spirits, you’ll be able to observe up and go to them at their precise areas.

2. Browse artwork books

Invoice Powers, founding father of Half Gallery, says:

Consider an artbook assortment as your fantasy artwork assortment. I in all probability have a thousand at residence, and it is a good option to dwell with a physique of labor. There are three classes to know: There’s the monograph, which is a historical past of an artist’s skilled work. There are catalogs for museums (fairly mainstream) and gallery exhibits (a little bit extra rarefied).

After which there are artists’ books, that are these small ardour initiatives—like a present in ebook kind. The spirit connection between gathering artwork and gathering artwork books is to get a signed artwork ebook. Then you might have the artist’s hand within the work. Is not that what everybody’s in search of? You possibly can even body a ebook like a chunk of artwork. I did that with a duplicate of The Philosophy of Andy Warhol that has the soup-can drawing in it; I rigged it up so it is open to that web page.

New Artists To Watch

1. Chris Johanson

Now Johanson’s preliminary visible trademark—gritty, gray-toned city decay—has given option to a extra threedimensional POV. His palette has broadened to incorporate not solely brighter colours but in addition a extra hopeful worldview.

2. Andrew Kuo

Whereas at first they could look like purely visible explorations, a better look reveals they’re really extra like “emotion charts”—each bit is Kuo’s rigorously plotted try to map his emotions.

We observe alongside through a key: One shade represents the thought “I like the thought of individuals, however not the thought of spending time with them.” One other corresponds to “My waking life is bookended by two beers.”

3. Wes Lang

His cavases are layered, Basquiat-like, with vignettes: skulls sporting Native American headdresses, panhead Harley-Davidsons, buxom pinup fashions, cigarette-smoking Playboy Bunnies.

There are additionally textual exhortations—EXPAND, EXPAND, EXPAND and I’LL GET UP AND FLY AWAY—that specific the artist’s fanaticism for each the Tao Te Ching and the Grateful Lifeless. And whereas the hand expertise make the primary impression, it’s the textual content that usually holds the items collectively.

Suggestions On Framing Your Artwork

Framing ideas from Cookie Vazquez of C.L.V. Artwork Providers in Manhattan:

1. You want a framer you’ll be able to belief. Costs and high quality fluctuate wildly, and a body protects your artwork. For a reference, name one other collector or a neighborhood gallery.

2. All the time get archival, museum-quality frames with UV-blocking Plexiglas. Low-cost mats or tape trigger harm; glass can shatter and slice up your artwork.

3. Don’t body all of it. A canvas doesn’t want a body, and it shouldn’t have Plexi.

4. Ask to see numerous choices—fashionable, much less fashionable, interval, and so forth. I can do a easy metallic body with UV Plexi for underneath 100 bucks. Or we are able to go along with twelve-karat white-gold leaf.

The place To Purchase Your Artwork : Twice-monthly gross sales characteristic blue-chip artists (Koons, Hirst); charity auctions host work that is in attain, like a Joe Bradley drawing for $6,600. (His work go for ten instances that.) : Take a look at Gregory Crewdson’s pictures at White Dice out of your mattress.

Artsy.web : Boasts a 50,000-piece assortment with costs geared each to first-time patrons and to seasoned collectors.

2. New York Galleries

Gagosin: “The Met of galleries.”

Dwelling Alone: A downtown gallery on Forsyth began by Hanna Liden, Nate Lowman, who dated Mary-Kate Olsen, and Leo Fitzpatrick of Youngsters and The Wire fame.

Half Gallery: On the Higher East Aspect; has featured artists like Terry Richardson and Lucien Smith.

Fulton Ryder: Identified for its pulp-fiction-inspired work by a secretive Gagosian artist.

Gavin Brown: Has proven the work of younger artists Joe Bradley and Spencer Sweeney.

Crew Gallery: In SoHo; hosted a Ryan McGinley present by having Atlas Sound play a set from the roof.

Marlborough: Images ebook shops Dashwood and Printed Matter.

How to start an art collection

When you consider your artwork gathering technique, consider it like placing collectively a dream workforce: you’ll want a various and multi-talented group of gamers united in the direction of a imaginative and prescient better than the sum of its components. ​

You’ll be scouting this workforce at galleries, public sale homes, on-line, in artists’ studios and at different artistic locales. As a part of this course of, it is vital to thematically form your assortment so that you might be selective and strategic in what you purchase.

Listed here are some issues to remember when growing a path on your assortment:

Outline your scope.

There’s a lot artwork on the market that it is vital to establish a spotlight on your assortment. To assist decide your collections’ scope, arrange some filters that artwork should go by with a purpose to be thought-about. These tips ought to meet each your wants and pursuits and might pertain to the medium, time interval produced, price range, care necessities, and so forth.

The very first screening any piece ought to undergo is the best—do you prefer it? Your assortment ought to at the start replicate your tastes. If each collector rigorously adopted what was stylish and deemed vital, each assortment would look the identical. The distinctive parameters you determine to start with will lend your assortment better cohesion down the street.

Don’t rush into issues.

Analysis and background data are important first steps when placing collectively an artwork assortment. With out prior data, chances are you’ll drastically overpay for items and even threat turning into a sufferer of fraud. A part of this analysis ought to be hands-on, so go to galleries and displays round you. Carry a pocket book and jot down details about items that catch your eye, then conduct additional analysis in a while.

Along with analysis about artwork you want, additionally ensure you know tips on how to learn supporting paperwork that accompany an artwork acquisition. Provenance issues, and you must know tips on how to decide if the provenance documentation for a potential piece is authentic.

Well-liked public sale homes have in depth pricing and provenance info on their web sites and are an amazing place to analysis established artists.

Work inside your price range.

You don’t need to be rich to purchase nice artwork, and simply since you’re on a price range doesn’t imply you’ll be able to’t purchase one thing distinctive and particular. When you accumulate primarily from rising artists, their items will usually be extra inexpensive. Restricted-edition prints, drawings, pictures, and watercolors are sometimes extra accessible. These mediums can allow you to personal a chunk by your favourite well-known artist at a extra cheap worth.

Herb and Dorothy Vogel are two collectors who put collectively a tremendous artwork assortment on a comparatively modest price range. They did this by defining what they wished to gather and staying inside this price range and framework.

Keep in it for the lengthy haul.

For essentially the most half, shopping for artwork isn’t like shopping for and promoting inventory. With some exceptions, values rise and fall extra slowly, so you should purchase one thing you’re interested by holding onto for a very long time. When you select to promote down the street, you’ll seemingly see a greater return the longer you wait to promote. When a chunk is contemporary to public sale after long-term possession the worth tends to be larger than a chunk that continuously modifications arms.

You must also plan your acquisitions for the lengthy haul. Maybe there’s a piece you’ll be able to’t but afford, however you can begin to price range for now. Though the speedy gratification of constructing a purchase order or a sale is interesting, a long term imaginative and prescient in terms of shopping for and promoting artwork normally serves collectors higher.

Discover new horizons.

Thrilling new artwork is extra accessible than ever, so don’t restrict your self to what’s seen as stylish and funky at the moment. Get on the market and uncover the following huge factor your self!

Your native artwork scene is a good place to search out artwork that hasn’t but been found by a wider viewers. Go to your native galleries and community with gallery house owners and rising artists. These private connections allow you to be taught the story behind artwork, which might improve a chunk’s cache down the road.

Social media will also be an amazing place to discover new artwork, so observe artists and galleries you respect in your most well-liked platforms. Web sites like That is Colossal and Paintings Archive Discovery mixture and highlight new and fascinating artwork, so control their newest options.

Have a preservation technique.

To ensure that your assortment to be appreciated for generations to come back, it’s essential make sure that it is protected in the long term. This implies safeguarding each the artwork itself and all pertinent details about the piece. Take a while to study safety and storage strategies within the medium you accumulate in by speaking to a conservator. Get some sensible recommendation with our Important Information to Accumulating Artwork.

While you accumulate a brand new piece, know what paperwork shall be wanted sooner or later to determine provenance. Maintain these supporting paperwork in a secure place, and contemplate organizing them utilizing a list administration system like Paintings Archive.

This may prevent the headache of shuffling papers when it comes time to promote, exhibit or insure artwork in your assortment.

Maintain an artwork journal.

Contemplate beginning a journal the place you’ll be able to write down your inventive discoveries. As you discover new artwork and concepts that curiosity you, write them down. That is additionally a very good place to maintain extra casual notes about a purchase order—what drew you to it, the way you see it becoming in along with your assortment, and so forth.

You’ll acquire loads of perception by trying again by this journal, and it’ll enable you to extra thoughtfully perceive your artwork assortment.

Paintings Archive gives must-have instruments for collectors trying to defend and manage their assortment.

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You don’t want tens of millions within the financial institution to begin an artwork assortment. I accumulate artwork and I’m not wealthy! The truth is, most collectors start by shopping for artworks for underneath £1,000. When you’re new to the artwork market, it may be overwhelming. Listed here are 6 ideas for beginning an artwork assortment on a price range:

Begin small by looking for latest graduates or artists simply gaining recognition.

Search for love – Which types, mediums and topics are vital to you?

Log on – On-line galleries assist you to simply evaluate artists, types and – importantly – costs.

Accumulate signed restricted editions – restricted version prints are a good way to start your assortment.

Minor works by main artists – If you wish to purchase from a giant title artist, it’s nonetheless potential.

Pay in instalments – An unique portray price a number of thousand kilos could possibly be paid for over a few years.

How to start an art collection

Daybreak Beckles is an rising, Barbados-born artist primarily based in London. ‘Pink Door’ – priced at £995 – is attribute of her daring color contrasts.

Begin small

With a price range of round a thousand kilos or much less, you would bag a small unique portray by an rising artist. Look out for latest graduates or artists simply gaining recognition. Shopping for from an rising artist means you’ll in all probability be one in every of their first collectors. When you’re fortunate, it may flip into an amazing funding.

How to start an art collection

Purchase what you’re keen on and wish to dwell with.

Search for love

Before you purchase, get to know what you want. And what you don’t! Go to exhibitions, artwork festivals and auctions. Comply with artists, critics and curators on social media. However know your personal thoughts. Which types, mediums and topics are vital to you? As an alternative of following traits, take into consideration what paintings you wish to dwell with and love.

How to start an art collection

Taking a look at artwork on-line? You don’t have to ask for the worth listing!

Log on

On-line galleries assist you to simply evaluate artists, types and – importantly – costs. It’s usually much less daunting than going right into a gallery and having to ask for the worth listing. I discover the web has made shopping for artwork far more clear and accessible for brand new collectors. When you’re on a price range, you’ll be able to search by worth.

How to start an art collection

Kevin Jackson’s ‘A Rising within the Beat’ is accessible as a signed restricted version print for £150.00.

Accumulate signed restricted editions

When you’ve got just some hundred kilos to spend, restricted version prints are a good way to start your assortment. I like to recommend shopping for signed editions, as these have extra worth.

How to start an art collection

You possibly can accumulate a Bruce Mclean print for underneath £1,000.

Minor works by main artists

If you wish to purchase from a giant title artist, it’s nonetheless potential. Search for a piece on paper, reminiscent of a drawing or etching. I like to recommend discovering an paintings which simply identifies it as by that artist. Search for attribute symbols. For instance, a drawing of a shark by Damien Hirst not too long ago made £4,500 at public sale as a result of it’s the topic which first introduced him fame.

How to start an art collection

Fall in love however can’t fairly afford it? You possibly can usually pay in instalments.

Pay in instalments

When you fall in love with a portray which prices greater than you’ll be able to afford immediately, many galleries will assist you to unfold the funds over time. An unique portray price a number of thousand kilos could possibly be paid for over a few years.

It is some of the rewarding methods to take a position your cash, and it isn’t as tough as you suppose. Right here artwork business knowledgeable Emma Gilhooly breaks down the most effective methods to get began

How to start an art collection

So that you watched Velvet Buzzsaw, and when you laughed at Jake Gyllenhaal’s pretentious, bespectacled artwork critic Morf you had been additionally left a little bit curious by the movie’s art-bedecked LA flats. How do you begin your personal artwork assortment with out spending tens of millions or kilos or getting it horribly unsuitable?

I’ve been fortunate sufficient to work within the up to date artwork world for the most effective a part of a decade, and whereas there’s no doubting it may be an aspirational world (translation: for the mega wealthy), I’m nonetheless stunned artwork gathering isn’t one thing extra folks discover. Completed neatly, it may be some of the rewarding and thrilling methods to take a position your hard-earned money – and also you don’t need to be Sultan, both.

How to start an art collection

Not like costly garments or a traditional automotive, artwork is one thing you’ll be able to get pleasure from on a regular basis with out it depreciating in worth. A nicely chosen piece can simply sit in your wall doing the be just right for you. Sotheby’s big-dog Philip Hook not too long ago concluded that Chelsea proprietor and avid artwork collector Roman Abramovich would possibly, contemplating the resale worth of his work after ten years in comparison with premier league footballers, “finally attain the conclusion that his cash is safer in artwork”.

The 2016 public sale of David Bowie’s non-public assortment and the latest George Michael sale at Christies, in the meantime, proves that art-collecting isn’t only for blue-blood-types. Sean “Diddy” Combs and Swizz Beats have made no secret of their gathering habits, significantly throughout the up to date African American markets. Renonwed artwork commentator Jay-Z, in the meantime, put it succinctly:

I purchased some paintings for a million

Two years later, that shit price two million

Few years later, that shit price eight million

I can not wait to offer this shit to my kids

(‘The Story of O.J.’)

Now you’re satisfied, right here’s an insider’s information to beginning your artwork assortment on a price range.

Purchase at Graduate Exhibits

Graduate exhibits supply inexpensive artwork and assist nascent careers, however how do you see the good things? It’s not straightforward: usually we don’t ‘get’ nice artists at first as a result of they’re pushing boundaries (typically, in fact, they’re simply not excellent). So spend a while with the work you want and hunt down the artist behind them; asking questions will enable you to make an knowledgeable resolution as to its lasting attraction.

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Central Saint Martins, Goldsmiths and Slade all host well-liked graduate exhibits. Henry Little, artwork advisor at The High-quality Artwork Group, highlights the Royal Academy Faculty’s ultimate diploma exhibition specifically:

“This comes on the finish of an intense three-year MA programme and is among the best on the planet. You possibly can choose up bargains, however need to get your skates on because the Royal Academy patrons get first dibs and have normally stripped the place naked inside a couple of days of the primary preview.”

Purchase posters and prints

“When you can’t afford to spend a whole bunch of kilos on paintings, or should you simply have to get a head begin, contemplate posters or prints,” suggests Artwork Enterprise Entrepreneur Sharon Obuobi. Even an exhibition poster can accrue worth: I purchased a signed poster at Gilbert & George’s 2015 White Dice exhibition for a tenner, and now they’re promoting for round £100.

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Little recommends Home of Voltaire, Whitechapel Gallery and The Photographer’s Gallery nearly as good locations to begin. “Counter Editions work with a number of the finest artists within the enterprise and I’d say something you purchase from them is cash nicely spent,” he provides. “A normal information when beginning to purchase prints and editions is to both purchase excessive version quantity, decrease worth prints by very well-known artists, or low version quantity, low cost prints by rising artists.”

In layman’s phrases, this refers back to the quantity of copies product of a single print – that’s the quantity you normally discover on the backside: 1/25 or 1/ 500 and so forth. To get an inexpensive print by a widely known artist you’ll be an even bigger version quantity. For extra rising artists then strive discover decrease version prints, which shall be due to this fact extra distinctive and useful.

Instagram – ‘Bloomberg for the artwork world’?

“I usually describe Instagram as ‘Bloomberg for the artwork world’ (and get roundly mocked for it!), however I believe it’s true” says Little. “It’s one of many single most helpful instruments for anybody with an curiosity in artwork.”

Millennials are more and more turning to the’Gram to purchase works and Katy Hessel, curator and founding father of @thegreatwomenartists (50Okay followers and counting), understands why. “Instagram is such a tremendous software should you’re on a price range,” she says. “There are some good illustrators that you would be able to purchase each prints and unique work from.” It additionally helps supply artwork extra related to youthful collectors: “When you go right into a gallery, you’re much less prone to see work reflective of your age (and price ticket), however you’ll be able to on Instagram,” Hessel provides.

“Banksy Portray ‘Devolved Parliament’ Sells for $12 Million”

“Artist Yoshitomo Nara’s Cartoon Lady Breaks File, Bought For 25 Million”

After we learn headlines like these, we frequently suppose that gathering artwork is just for the wealthy and well-known. And it is true to a sure diploma – shopping for paintings by famend artists might be fairly an costly affair. However that’s a small phase of all of the artwork world.

For the remainder, gathering artwork would not need to really feel out of attain or like a distant dream. You possibly can begin an artwork assortment on a price range and it’s quite a bit simpler than you suppose.

There can’t be a greater instance than Herbert and Dorothy Vogel. As soon as described as “proletarian artwork collectors,” this couple amassed a group of over 4,782 works whereas working as civil servants in New York Metropolis. Their assortment, consisting largely of minimalist and conceptual artwork, has been known as some of the vital post-1960s artwork collections in the US. What actually set them aside from what most could contemplate the stereotypical artwork collector is that they solely purchased items they personally favored and will carry residence on the subway or in a taxi and displayed and saved their assortment of their rent-controlled one-bedroom condo on Manhattan’s Higher East Aspect.

Shopping for your first paintings might be an awesome job while you don’t know what to purchase, the place to purchase, or tips on how to purchase inside your price range. Whether or not you’re in search of a recent assertion piece or wish to put money into artwork on your residence, there are lots of methods to construct a formidable artwork assortment with out breaking the financial institution and have a richly rewarding expertise within the course of. The Artling exhibits you tips on how to curate an artwork assortment you’re keen on and really feel pleased with whereas staying inside your price range.

How to start an art collection

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Setting a price range

Not surprisingly, step one to gathering artwork on a price range is definitely establishing your price range. This price range will determine what’s out there so that you can purchase and the place. Begin small and regularly improve your price range as you develop your assortment, confidence, and understanding of artwork. A price range of $1,000 or much less could possibly be a very good start line however this might fluctuate relying upon your revenue.

Contemplate your buying patterns. Do you plan to purchase one unique paintings price $1,000 each month or a number of lesser-priced items? A very good rule to observe is high quality over amount since your price range is just not a static indicator and can change sooner or later.

Defining your objectives

Defining your motivation or objectives for purchasing artwork could have a big impact on the form of assortment you’ll find yourself with. A very good strategy is to purchase what you’re keen on and provides you pleasure. You’ll have to dwell with the artwork you purchase so it’s higher to purchase one thing that may encourage you every single day.

Creating and sticking to your price range is vital however that doesn’t imply settling for one thing you don’t love. In the identical breath, don’t devalue an paintings as a result of it’s priced beneath your perceived worth of “good artwork”. When you actually just like the paintings, purchase it, whether or not the worth is $50 or $500.

Many individuals consider shopping for artwork as an funding. Whereas it’s a legitimate line of thought, it is vital for brand new patrons to know that there are not any ensures in terms of investing in artwork. If a return on artwork funding is your major driver for gathering artwork, you’ll have to take a look at mid-career or established artists which implies dearer works.

The place to begin

Now that you’ve set your price range and outlined your objectives, it’s time to do some homework. To make sure that you might have an satisfying expertise gathering artwork, immerse your self absolutely within the artwork world. Be taught in regards to the numerous varieties of artworks, mediums, and types; go to artwork festivals and exhibitions; browse numerous on-line artwork galleries (do take a look at The Artling’s artwork and design collections). While you see extra artwork, you’ll begin understanding the distinction between numerous strategies and types utilized by completely different artists. Most significantly, you’ll practice your thoughts and eye to establish the varieties of artwork you’re keen on and luxuriate in greater than others.

What must you purchase first

Images and Restricted Version Prints:

Distinctive works like work are one-off and due to this fact, might be costly. Images and restricted editions are created in multiples which implies they’re usually extra inexpensive. Restricted editions are additionally cheaper to ship since they are often packed rolled for cargo. If there’s a specific artist or a well-known artist that you simply like however whose works are too costly on your price range, contemplate their restricted editions as they’ll seemingly have a cheaper price tag however are nonetheless useful, particularly if signed by the artist. Embracing prints is a good way to start your artwork assortment.

How to start an art collection

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