"Who the #$&% Is Jackson Pollock?" Trailer park resident Teri Horton bought a secondhand painting for only five dollars, little did she know it could be a genuine Jackson Pollock worth millions of dollars. They actually made a movie of Horton's volatile 15-year journey into the heart of the art world's elitist establishment trying to have the painting authenticated. Why the journey? Because the painting wasn't signed and she didn’t have a “Certificate of Title” and or “Provenance” certifying the authenticity of the work. These documents provide a guarantee of genuineness ensuring that the original work of art is not counterfeit. Without proper documentation it’s near impossible to obtain a current valuation or to obtain insurance coverage for original works of art. Documentation also helps art historians to maintain a precise timeline of the artist’s work. It’s best to adhere the “Certificate of Title” and or “Provenance” to the back of the frame, so that they are never misplaced, or place them in a safe. A "Certificate of Title” effectively transfers ownership to the collector from the artist. A complete “Certificate of Title” should contain the artist’s signature, date, name, and address and that of the new owner. It should also detail the artwork’s title, size, medium, and date of creation. A "Provenance" explains the history of the piece that you are buying. A complete “Provenance” should contain the same details of the “Certificate of Title”, and include a photo of the artwork, and the details of the transfer of ownership, including the buyers and seller’s name, address, signature, purchase price and date. I recommend requesting this documentation from the artist when you acquire an original work of art.