NEVER TOO LATE, NEVER WITHOUT MUCH LUCK!!
HOW ARE YOU IS THE QUESTION WE ALAWAYS ANYBODY WE MEET. THAT MEANS HOW IS YOUR HEALTH FIRST AND THEN YOUR LUCK. THAT IS SOMEHOW HOW THE PLUNGE INTO ART BEGAN IN 1983. IT WAS A PLUNGE INTO A SEA OF UNMKNOWN, IT WAS A DIVE INTO THE WORLD OF ART BUT WITH HARD WORK AND PLENTY OF LUCK ON MY SIDE, EVERYTHING WORKED WELL AND PLENTY FAVOURED THE AMATEUR OF THE EARLY 1980S.
The story of the amateur investor began for real in London in October1983, but the seeds were sown years earlier in Athens, Greece. Narrating this incredibly amazing story of stories, I must declare my gratitude to Lady Luck from the very beginning! I am a lucky person to be alive having survived illness at an early age, airplane scares, emergency landings and the battlefield of war; a lucky person who entered the world of art a complete ignoramus, penniless and on a wing and a prayer.
Everything became possible with luck and hard work, without which it would have been impossible to break into the serious art market the way I did. Luck, hard work and accumulated knowledge enabled me to make investments which returned significant sums regardless of whether I invested from home or in the auction room in countries as far apart as the UK, the USA, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Greece, Australia and the Far East.
Art has never stopped evolving from time immemorial, never stopped impressing itself upon the human race in a very deep, subsconscious way. Art has always attracted us like a magnet and has represented Man through the ages to today. How could I escape such a pull? I visited art exhibitions as a young student, I admired paintings in major museums and I loved the whole ambiance of art. In all those early, formative years of my life and until I got married, I never managed to buy a single work of art. It was a struggle to survive, a constant battle to lay the basic foundations for the future, let alone spend money on a painting.
Something inside me clicked as early as 1967 when in the company of an artist friend. He kindly painted for me two small ceramic paintings, the first I ever owned, and I regret I no longer have them. It was years later that I invested in my first painting together with my wife in 1979. It was auspicious, but there was no way to even suspect that, a few years later, I would be involved in art in such a professional manner and with so much at stake.
Calling myself a collector and investor of art today, from an absolute novice in 1983, took many twists and turns that I was never prepared for nor anticipated. Nevertheless, I always faced strokes of luck and unlucky turns stoically and decidedly. I took successes with great satisfaction and failures as part and parcel of the process of becoming a better investor. I made do with no money in the beginning and persevered in adversity and hard times. Even when the worst financial situations affected the business and the world, I carried on, changed tactics and direction and survived.
THE ASTROLOGER!! IS IT LUCK, IS IT HARD WORK OR SOMETHING ELSE??
MANY TWISTS AND TURNS OCCURRED IN FORTY YEARS OF COLLECTING AND TRADING BUT HARD WORK AND LUCK REMAIN OF PARAMOUNT IMPORTANCE TO SUCCESS.