Do not try to request an unwelcome reduction or cut out the gallery
It's perfectly fine to bargain prices -- up to a certain point.
Major museums and collectors can enjoy 20% off. A lot of haggling could reflect badly on you and result in a "do" in the eyes of museums or collectors.
If your methods are aggressive or aggressive, you should not be listed as a "not-sell" list.
In addition, you shouldn't try to circumvent a gallerist and purchase directly from the artist they represent. This puts the artist and their gallery in a bad position.
It could jeopardize their professional relationships as well as harm your reputation with dealers. It could also adversely affect your ability to sell works.
Do: Request a condition report
You can request a condition report at any gallery, auction house, or directly from an art dealer.
For works from the past, particularly those from the "secondary" market.
While there isn't a one-size fits all template for condition reports there are some common standards. Many condition reports will include an illustration.
This artwork is marked with notes on any markings. Here's an example of a condition report from Georgia O'Keeffe.