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Art Insurance for Collectors; Schedule vs. Blanket

The Art of Collecting Art.

There’s a big difference between buying art and collecting art. Buying art is more of a random activity based on likes, preferences or attractions at any given moment while collecting art is more of a purposeful directed long-term commitment. An important step in good collecting is not the most delightful one to talk about, but it is among the most necessary, and that is to plan for the unforeseen.

As an art insurance broker, I readily come across collections that are an intricate part of retirement and inheritance planning.  It’s a great asset to pass down.  Baby boomers bought artwork for the love of the art.  Art as an investment vehicle was a small part of the decision-making, not like today which is the main focus.

In the past 15 years as the art market sales and demand took off, Art purchased 40, 30 or even 10 years ago is worth a lot.  Hence, I am seeing collector’s policy limits rise into the millions. I will explain some key differences in the type of policy offered in today’s marketplace. Art Insurance and collectible insurance demands are a new focus with some insurers. Beware, like the art world, no two are the same, read the exclusions, conditions and valuation clauses in a policy.

Understand what schedule means and its limitations, some say the maximum they will pay is what is on the schedule or schedule plus 125% or 150% and then some added or market value whichever is less.  A popular coverage is Blanket Insurance; usually, this is for the collection under $300,000. The advantage is that you are not required to supply the companies with appraisals, bill of sale or any other documentation when you bind the coverage.

Only at the time of loss, the onus of proof of value is on the collector.  This is not a lengthy process; either go back to your paperwork and ask for a current valuation from a dealer or show your work to a dealer and put the value in a letter. Both methods of either scheduling the art or using the blanket limit are tools I use when working with my clients.  Each person looks at insurance in different ways and has different requirements. Let me work with you and answer all your questions to present a program which is satisfactory to all those involved.

Visit us at ArtInsuranceNow.com to apply or Contact me at 800.921.1008 to discuss your unique situation.

William G. Fleischer CIC

What is Conversion exclusion in a fine art, Antique, Jewelry policy

The Story;

A collector or Museum consigns a work to a dealer to sell.  The dealer does his job and sells the work, but does not pay the Collector or Museum.  This is now considered a loss of property and if your current policy does not address this type of loss you may not have coverage.

Now if the consignment date has expired and the dealer is not willing to return the work, in many incidences this would be classified as theft and be covered by your fine arts policy.

For more information on Conversion Exclusion call us at 1.800.921.1008, visit our website at www.ArtInsuranceNow.com or fill out one of the applications below for a fast and easy quote.

APPLICATIONS:

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

What are Chubb’s Policies like?

Chubb is known for their high-Value Homeowners, In many cases, you can include your Art on these Policies, Chubb offers stand-alone coverage policies, even though if your homeowner’s policy is with another company.

Are your valuables worth more than $1,000 (per item)? More than $5,000? Then Chubb says they are the company for you with
their Masterpiece Valuable Articles Coverage. Fine art insurance is inexpensive, generally running from one to two cents per $100 in valuation, depending on location and type of Art. “Price is not the issue in fine art insurance. The scope of coverage, conditions, and limitations along with fine arts expertise are the key factors to consider.

What Chubb offers:
• Itemized coverage
– allows you to determine the insured value
of each of your possessions. In the event of a total covered loss of an item, you will receive 100% of the insured value, with no deductible, and no depreciation.

• 150% replacement cost
– provides safeguards for items that appreciate. If the market value (before the loss) of an item lost or damaged in a covered loss is greater than the itemized amount listed on the policy, they will pay the market value up to 150% of
the itemized coverage amount for the item.

• Breakage protection
– coverage for breakage or damage to fragile items is automatically included.

• Coverage for “mysterious disappearance
– Chubb provides coverage when valuable items are lost or misplaced, especially when they disappear away from the home. Many homeowners policies don’t cover this.

Worldwide coverage
– valuables are automatically covered wherever taken, anywhere in the world.

• Appraisal
– Chubb does not require an appraisal for every piece that you itemize. For most possessions, they need a description of the item and a value. They generally require an appraisal only for fine art worth more than $100,000, jewelry worth more than $50,000, and any other item valued over $25,000.

Coverage for pairs and sets
– If a piece of an itemized pair or set (like earrings or a set of silver) is lost or damaged in a covered loss, you have the option to provide them with the remaining piece(s), and will receive the coverage amount for the entire set.

Cash settlement
– You are not required to replace itemized valuables in the event of a loss. You can choose a cash settlement, or replace your valuables at the dealer of your choice.

Coverage of newly acquired items
– If a new item is acquired and you already have similar articles insured with itemized coverage, the new item is automatically covered for 90 days for up to 25% of the total itemized coverage for those similar articles (maximum $50,000).

Chubb also has an outstanding claims reputation. We are one of the largest fine art insurers in the world and insure many collections of top art collectors.
To receive a quote follow the link and complete the application for a collector.

www.artInsurnceNow.com

tel: 212 566-1881

 

 

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.
affiliate-logo-layout-1Their referral lists can help you in:

  • 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

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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