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  1. In the art business (for example, in the auction business), the provenance of the work is of key importance — the history of the lot's existence. This is a mandatory part of the description of any work of art of the highest price segment, along with an indication of the size, material, technique of execution and other characteristics.

    In general, provenance is the history of ownership of a work of art, its origin.

    If you are still interested in a more general concept — then you can use the phrase “history of the work/picture“.

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