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