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Consignment Options

I was chatting with a Art Dealer and we were reviewing A proposal for her business. As we went through the quote, she had a question regarding Consignments.
Interesting, as a dealer, the usually business model is to receive work on consignment, but what happens when you consign works to other dealers. How is the coverage applied.

So I pulled out policy forms and started to read through them. This is what I found under Valuation.

Property on consignment, at agreed consignment value plus 10%

So My question to the underwriters, is the valuation used for any consignment agreement whether if the deal is the consignee or the consignor.

In one underwriters opinion, he wrote to me this

Since this is a dealer form, the consignment refers to property on consignment to the Insured as the dealer.  This way the owner of the property is made whole, and the dealer gets 10% for administrative and marketing expenses they have incurred.”

but the underwriter failed to clarify works on consignment to other dealers.

 

Property sold but not delivered and/or while in transit to consignee’s or owner’s premises shall be valued at the selling price plus expenses, if any, which have accrued from the date of sale

So now my question is while in transit to consignee, if not sold, how is it valued, based on what i read, it would be selling price plus expense,. You would think the company would argue the dealer valuation of  cost plus 20% or 30%  or selling price less 20% or 30% depending what negotiated with the from Insurance company).

To further complicate the issue, another company responded a a simple way. A Consignment is a consignment no matter to the dealer or among dealers.

So in conclusion I must use that famous insurance answer to almost all questions of coverage; “maybe, depends”

This is why I love the Insurance business exploring the grey areas in policies.

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Auctioneers
Conservators/Restorers
Corporate Collections
Personal Collections
Exhibitions
Museum Collections
Business Owners Liability

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(212) 566-1881 ext 111 or (800) 921-1008

 

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Insurance for Art Galleries

Our customized insurance policies are geared toward your typical Art Galleries, Museums, Exhibition space, and Dealer businesses.  We combine General Liability, Public Liability (Bodily Injury and Property Damage) into one straightforward policy along with non-salable contents, desks, chairs, computers, fixtures, racks and business property. Our policies can include landlords, curators, and artists as additionally insured.

 

Qualify for better pricing if you combine General Liability and Property Insurance into a Business-Owners Policy with Fine Arts Insured under a separate policy to maximize coverage while minimizing price.

 

A Business-Owners Policy includes: 

General Liability insurance coverage of an Art Gallery insurance policy is comparable to a typical commercial general liability policy, providing protection against claims of bodily injury or property damage for which your business may be liable.

General Liability means liability insurance for the cost of defending lawsuits stemming from:

  • Accidents which  cause bodily injury and/or property damage
  • Trip and Fall Incidents on premises.
  • Claims such as libel, slander, and False advertising
  • Errors or negligence from professional service is not covered by a General Liability Insurance policy. Must purchase a separate policy for this.
  • Business property insurance for physical assets, such as contents, improvements to your space including decorations and furnishings non-salable items.
  • Can cover loss of business income and extra expenses resulting from a covered loss.
  • Outdoor Sign
  • Insurance Money and Securities Insurance
  • Employee Dishonesty Insurance
  • Water Back-Up Insurance
  • Off Premises power failure

 

Broader coverage on a stand-alone fine art policy:  fine art while in the gallery, storage or while in transit,

 

The same type of coverages can be found in our Museum, Exhibition, Private Dealer, and Auction House insurance policies.

 

What is the average cost of Art Gallery Insurance? Premiums typically start around $600 but every art gallery has different requirements, property values, and coverage requirements. Prices will vary.

Please call William Fleischer, CIC at 212 566-1881 ext 111 or visit us at www.ArtInsuranceNow.com

 

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How to Insure Prehistoric Art properly.

Prehistoric Art is Art from Ancient Near East, Ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Islamic Art, etc was created on many different types of Median, Ceramic, Gold, Silver, Tapestry, Bronze, wood, stone. etc. over the years these work of art have become scarce, fragile and valuable.

I am insuring a dealer in Indian Art who specializes in Prehistoric Art.  He reminded me that Long Island in NY had one of the largest concentrations of Arrowheads.

Addressing the Insurance coverage for those Art items which you care for, I have a very special understanding of the risk of damage, theft while in the home or in a Exhibitions.

Art Insurance policies are not all the same. Some are written through LLOYD S of London, AXA Art, Travelers Insurance Company to name a few players.  The Art Insurance company will include Transit by Sea, Air & Land. Coverage is usually extended to a Storage facility or the final destination.

To have these items insured, the underwriters in most cases will require a condition report if in long-term storage or if newly purchased, a bill of sale or appraisal.
Visit ArtinsuranceNow.com to complete the Collectors application to cover your prehistoric, Modern and contemporary art.

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APPLICATIONS:

Art Dealers
Artist Transit/Exhibition/Studio Insurance New Program
Auctioneers
Conservators/Restorers
Corporate Collections
Personal Collections
Exhibitions
Museum Collections
Business Owners Liability

Collectors Insurance

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We represent Insurance Companies to make it easy for you to protect the things you collect.

Homeowners insurance alone does not provide enough coverage for your clients’ treasured items. That’s why our collectibles program is the perfect complement to your standard personal lines products. It enables you to protect the full collector value of your collections in the event of a total loss.

Designed specifically for collectors, our all-risk policy not only protects against accidental breakage, hurricane, flood, earthquake, fire, and theft – it also protects the packaging and accessories of collectibles. Plus, our optional Collectors’ Choice coverage provides your clients who are actively growing, displaying, or occasionally using their collection with the added level of protection they need to fully enjoy their hobby.

We offer deductible options (including zero deductible), rate options and discounts, and multiple collections in the household can all be covered by the same policy. Appraisals are not required to obtain this valuable, stand-alone coverage.

We’ll consider all types of collections including*:

Advertising Memorabilia Die Cast Model Cars/Trucks Pottery & Collector Plates
Animation Art Dolls Prints (limited editions)
Automotive Memorabilia Figurines Quilts (antique/collectible)
Books (rare) Guns (pre and post WWII) Radios/Victrolas
Cameras (antique/collectible) Holiday Collectibles Sports Memorabilia
Carousel Animals Jukeboxes/Upright Arcade Games Stamps
Ceramics Military Memorabilia Teddy Bears
Clocks (antique/collectible) Miniatures & Doll Houses Toys & Action Figures
Crystal/Glass Model Trains & Layouts Trading Cards
Comic Books Movie Memorabilia Wine & Accessories
Coins Musical Instruments and much more! 

* Contact us regarding other unique collections at www.ArtInsuranceNow.com, or call 1.800.921.1008

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Super Storm Sandy

This storm was amazing.  The art Galleries I insured all had flood coverage and none suffered financial loss from the Art.

The capacity is still there, just have to ask for the coverage where in the past, it was thrown in.  Most Personal Collectors policy have no exclusions for flood, some have for earthquake. I like to show the exclusions on my proposals to keep everyone in the know.

For insurance coverage for Flood or Named Storm, complete an application at ArtInsuranceNow.com

What Travelers has to say About Art Insurance

Inland Marine — Fine art
What it covers

Travelers offer unparalleled coverage for the protection of scheduled fine art items. Coverage for such fine art is available at a permanent location, in transit or while loaned to others. Our Agreed Value Fine Arts Policy ensures that fine art collections are insured under a form that addresses the needs for that collection, while also making breakage coverage, special pairs and sets coverage, and flood and earthquake coverage available.

For significant corporate collections of fine art, or for artwork and collectibles in commercial settings, we offer comprehensive fine art coverage under which a broad spectrum of paintings, sculptures, prints and multiples, and more specialized collections of historical, cultural or technological significance can be insured.
Who needs it

Corporations and commercial accounts may have valuable works of art not specially covered as fine art under standard package policies that can be insured under our fine art coverage.

Art Collection Insurance

Art Collection Insurance

Consultation for fine art, collectibles and personal property management.

Bernard Fleischer & Sons have developed a unique, valuable service for collectors, other high net worth individuals and families. We review with you or your Art Consultant, Curator, or Family member alternative coverage options. We can introduce ways to help assure that your insurance coverage is always up to date and as responsive as possible. William Fleischer, CIC is a highly knowledgeable and experienced professional. His New York-based network has access to appraisers, trust, and estate advisors, dealers, and attorneys.

Our focus is on individual, family and corporate needs. Our client confidentiality is very important to a long-term relationship.
As one of New York’s oldest brokerage firms, we work with the best Insurance companies in the business.

Let us protect you and help design the appropriate protection for your collectibles:

•Fine art and antiques
•Musical instruments
•Rare books
•Jewelry
•Photographs
•Sculpture
•Art glass
•Porcelains
•Stamps
•Antique silver
•Auction Houses
•Dealers
•Exhibitions
•Fine Art Packers and Shippers
•Galleries
•Museums
•Private Collectors and Corporate Collections
•Stately Homes
•University libraries and collections
•Vintage Cars

Art Insurance Now, AXA, Chubb, Chartis, Markel, and Travelers all have a history of working with:
auction house experts, dealers, trust and estate advisors & attorneys.
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  • Obtaining specialized appraisers
  • Inventory management systems and cataloging
  • Specialized shippers, warehouses, restorers
  • Working with galleries and auction houses

For more information and to fill out an application for a fast free quote visit us at www.ArtInsuranceNow.com or call 1.800.921.1008

Recent Success Stories

Recently, I received an email from a new Art Gallery in Texas.  She and the partner have been in the prereferral part of the art business.  Their experiences were in promotion and advertisement of Artist.  A few years past, they had an opportunity to open a pop-up gallery selling prints, Paintings and non-fragile sculptures in a busy section of Galveston.  They were at the stage of having the first show in a permanent location; this is when, they turned to me, for their Art Insurance needs.  I was able to secure a great Fine Art Insurance policy for $1,300.  This covered $50,000 on location, unnamed locations and $20,000 transit.

So I rode into the sunset feeling good about the terms, cost and turnaround time, for my new client.

Call me Anytime 212 566-1881 ext 111 for ART Gallery Insurance

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Can we be competitive with your Present Fine Art Insurance

If you are involved in the art world, I can insure your exposures.

• Commercial Art
• Art and Antique Dealers
• Restore and Conservators
• Museums
• Private collectors
• Large or Small inventories.
• Domestic or International.
• Art Fair transportation, while at fair,
shipped to collectors
• Art loaned to Museums or non- profits,
• Art being shipped or carried on board,
• Coverage for special events, Parties,
Gala’s, Dinners.
• Non-profit organizations and more

There are special policies so broad that besides the standard theft or breakage coverage’s it actually includes mold and devaluation of the art pieces due to a loss.

The premiums begin around $2,500 for about $250,000 worth of protection.

Recent successes: An Art dealer who brings works to various fairs and sells from her private gallery just purchased this policy

$300,000 premises limit
$300,000 unnamed location
$300,000 while in transit

We set the unnamed location limit and transit limit as matching limits to avoid any gaps in coverage.

Premium is $3100 with $1,000 deductible.

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