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Could buying art make you rich?

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

For one investor that dream came true. The painting ‘Salvator Mundi’ believed to be painted by Leonardo da Vinci purchased for £45 just sold for $450 million. So, is investing in art a good way to get rich quick? And how should you proceed? “with extreme caution” say financial advisors.

While stories like the recent Leonardo da Vinci sale and endless Antiques Roadshow episodes make it seem very attractive to invest in paintings and objets d’art, such cases are relatively rare. What you get back is based on supply and demand and there are big movements upwards or downwards if particular works or artists come in or out of fashion.

Attending a neighborhood garage sale or popping into a local thrift store can leave a lot to be desired. After sifting through dented furniture, chipped ceramics, and strange art, one is often left feeling that the presented merchandise is worthless. But if you are lucky enough, you may just find a diamond in the rough.

Some Top Garage Sale Finds:

  • $3 for a Ceramic Bowl, Sold at Auction for $2.2 million
  • Andy Warhol Sketch Purchased for $5, Valued at $2 Million
  • 50 Cents for a Painting worth $10,000
  • Tiffany Mirror Purchased for $2, Valued at $25,000

 

Photo of Salvator Mundi (Leonardo da Vinci)
Salvator Mundi (Leonardo da Vinci)

The high sale price of the Leonardo painting was not typical, a recent academic study, based on examining data from 1.2 million auction house sales of paintings, drawings and prints, concluded that art appreciated in value by a modest 3.97% per year, in real US dollar terms, between 1957 and 2007.

Given the current environment of low interest rates, that’s still a better return than many savings accounts will give you. Paintings are seen as attractive investments because it’s very clear what you’re buying. Part of this is driven by investors’ desire for “real assets”.

Many investors lost money in the financial crisis by investing in products they did not understand, they are turning back to things such as art. Wealthy clients spend an increasing part of their wealth on art and collectibles.

You don’t necessarily have to be super-wealthy to invest in art.

Affordable Art Fair photoThe ArtInsuranceNow.com sponsored 2017 Spring Affordable Art Fair was an excellent example of great works of art that are accessible.  There are a growing number of art fairs and online marketplaces such as Artfinder aimed at buyers with a more modest budget.

The Affordable Art Fair (AAF), which started out in London’s Battersea Park in 1999, now holds fairs in more than 10 cities around the world. But while it may be becoming more affordable, just don’t bet on becoming a millionaire yourself.

With a keen eye and a lot of luck you may come across a valuable find but most art industry experts suggest that you buy a piece of art because you like it, not because you want to get rich. “If it goes up in value that should be just an added bonus.”

Protect your valued finds by visiting us at ArtInsuranceNow.com, voted a 2017 Top Broker and listed as the “Cream of the crop” in our respective area of Art Insurance by Insurance Business Magazine. We can help with all Art related insurance requirements. Apply here or Contact William Fleischer CIC at 800.921.1008 to discuss your unique situation.

AXA Art Insurance Company

 
Good News! After 29 years in the Insurance Business, I have partnered up with   AXA and Travelers Insurance Company. We can now negotiate favorable terms and conditions with very competitive pricing. I now have the facility to insure all types and size collections, Dealers, Museums and Non-profit galleries.
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.

The Genuine Article“Total flexibility with market-leading security – the ultimate high-net-worth coverage for art and antique collectibles, buildings, and contents.”
Call me with your questions.

William G. Fleischer, CIC 212 566-1881 ext 111 wfleischer@bfbond.com

Dealer Insurance, Museum Insurance, Corporate/Private Fine Art, and Collectibles Insurance.

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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.

William

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Art Dealers
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Auctioneers
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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.

Collectibles Insurance MythBusters:

Collectibles Insurance MythBusters:

  1. Insurance Myth: My Art collection or Collectible collection is covered by my homeowners’ insurance.
    The FACTS: In most cases, your homeowners’ is designed to cover personal property and is not nearly enough to protect your collection.  There is no coverage for Breakage and sub-limits for theft. Many Homeowners Policy, will not cover your collection off premises, not even if lent to a Museum or Art Gallery.
  2. Insurance Myth: No insurance policy would cover my unique collection.  May it be Ceramic Art, Glass Art, Sculptures, Fine China or Unique objects if it has value, it can be Insured.
    The FACTS: There are many Insurance companies like  AXA, Travelers, Markel, Chubb or Chartis that will cover most types of collections, for a wide range of losses, Each company has a unique policy, coverage forms, exclusions, and limitations.  This is why, you need to speak with us, to help you review the differences.
  3. Insurance Myth: I’ll have to itemize every item in my collection and get it appraised to get insurance.
    The FACTS: No appraisals are necessary depending on if the Art or collectible has a reasonable high Values.   You estimate the value of your collection and determine the amount of insurance.  Although an inventory is not always required at the time of application to purchase insurance.  Bernard Fleischer & Sons, Inc, strongly recommends its customers maintain an inventory to streamline, provide proof, and expedite claims in the event of a loss.
  4. Insurance Myth: Insuring my collection will cost me a fortune.
    The FACTS: A Fine Art/collectibles policy is typically less costly than scheduling items on your homeowner’s insurance.  Call us today to get a quote for your prized collection.