Cruise ship art auctions often bank on the customer’s lack of education of art in general. Do your homework BEFORE you buy artwork. The auctioneer should not be the one providing you all the information on the piece. Research, research, research. Remember: the cruise ship does have Internet access. Potential buyers should do some on-line research before bidding. As with any marketplace, knowledge is a powerful tool. LINK
We in St.Augustine have seen the "land pirates" in some faux fine art galleries (We finance) here in town using the same tactics.