Miscellaneous art investment tips:

Ted Cooper of Adams Davidson Galleries:

"Quality is paramount. Always buy the best you can afford."

Specialize, because the art market "is too broad and complex for any one individual to master."

Be patient and courageous. "Don't rush out and buy the first thing you see," but "when you do see something outstanding, have the courage to buy -- regardless of what other collectors say."

Scenes of America, Cooper says, tend to sell better in this country then paintings with a foreign subject. "A view of the Hudson River before it was polluted by PCB's invokes our national spirit."

Barbara Fendrick of Fendrick Gallery:

Find out what artists are buying. "That's always an indication."

Ask your dealer if what you've chosen is something a museum would take as a gift. "That's a key question."

For an investment under $1,000, Fendrick suggests quality drawings.

Jill Elisofon of Osuna Gallery:

"Talk to as many museum curators as you can," especially for contemporary art. "They're going to be important in who makes it. See who they think is on the rise. That's a gold mine."

Make sure your investment is "well-chosen, well-thought out and well-researched."

Consider oriental ceramics and African works as investment possibilities, says Elisofon, formerly associated with the Museum of African Art.

Chris Middendorf of Midenford-Lane Gallery:

Find a dealer who has access to new works.

Be "first in line when a painter shows his new works" -- which could mean previewing them in the artist's studio. It is the artist's "best pieces that appreciate," and these are the ones that might be sold before they reach the dealer's showrooms.