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Introduction

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In the world of art, the notion of provenance is well understood. A piece of art sold in an auction is typically accompanied by a paper trail, documenting the chain of ownership of this artifact, from its creation by the artist to the auction. This documentation is referred to as the provenance of the artifact. Provenance allows experts to ascertain the authenticity of the artifact, which in turn influences its price. If provenance is lost or incomplete, the artifact is likely to be auctioned for a lower price. In their book titled Provenance, Salisbury and Sujo [35] paraphrase the appreciation of provenance by a purveyor of art: “The more prestigious or infamous the previous owner, the better. A piece of art with a juicy history was always worth an extra ten grand.” They further quote Werner Muensterberger (Collecting: An Unruly Passion), who provides a collector’s perspective on provenance: “Buying a painting that was once owned by a well-known person means, in a way, standing in their shoes, walking in their footsteps, possessing a small part of their myth.”

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Moreau, L., Groth, P. (2013). Introduction. In: Provenance: An Introduction to PROV. Synthesis Lectures on Data, Semantics, and Knowledge. Springer, Cham. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-79450-6_1

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