Art Insurance

Nick Brett: my plans for AXA ART

Nick Brett, the new CEO of AXA ART Insurance’s UK operation is going to take the company to new places – both geographically and in terms of its product offering. He told Private Art Investor about his vision. Taking the helm at AXA ART is a career high for Brett. He …

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ARIS Art Title Insurance: “Ownership is everything”

“Unless you buy direct from the artist, there is always going to be unknowable information about an object,” says Judith Pearson, president, of ARIS. “Therefore one are can not eliminate every ownership risk for an artwork.” The role of Pearson’s company is to insure ownership risks so that art owners …

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Art Risk

Have you done your due diligence?

The scientific and historical analysis of works of art is becoming an increasingly common part of the due diligence process. A leader in the field, Dr Nicholas Eastaugh explains why analysis matters.   Dr Nicholas Eastaugh is probably best known for providing the crucial scientific evidence that led to the …

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Art Crime

Dr Nicholas Eaustaugh: How I uncovered the forger of the century

For Dr Nicholas Eastaugh, rooting out notorious forger Wolfgang Beltracchi was all in a day’s work. He tells Private Art Investor how he achieved it. Famous art forger Wolfgang Beltracchi, dubbed ‘the forger of the century’, was released from prison in January and is currently holding a solo exhibition at …

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Art Insurance

Nick Brett promoted to chief executive of AXA Art

Nick Brett has been promoted to chief executive of AXA ART Insurance Limited. Brett comes from an art market background with a particular interest in English C18th works of art. Since joining AXA ART in 2000, he has contributed significantly to building AXA ART’s team. Following his appointment to underwriting …

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Art Insurance

Fine art insurer Ecclesiastical Insurance Group partners with Risk Control Technologies

Fine art insurer Ecclesiastical Insurance’s UK and Ireland operations have partnered with Risk Control Technologies, a provider of loss control and risk management software solutions for insurers. The move is intended to enhance Ecclesiastical’s customer and underwriting risk management propositions.  It also marks the expansion of the Risk Control Technologies …

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Art Crime

Art crime conference planned at NYU

Art Recovery Group and Jacob Fine Art are to hold the third annual Art Crime and Cultural Heritage Symposium at NYU Law School’s Lipton Hall in New York City on 4-6 June 2015. The conference, organized in collaboration with New York University’s School of Professional Studies, will bring together some …

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Art Crime

Jasper Johns assistant guilty of theft

James Meyer, former assistant to the artist Jasper Johns, has been sentences to 18 months in prison for stealing the artist’s works and selling them to New York galleries. Meyer worked as an assistant for the painter for 25 years, and stole 22 works between 2006 and 2012. The works in …

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Art Crime

Collection management and security tips from former FBI man Robert Wittman

The most common collection management mistake made by art collectors is failing to keep good records. That is the view of art recovery, security and protection expert Robert Wittman. Formerly the founder and head of the FBI’s art recovery team, Wittman often sees collectors struggle to recoup their losses after …

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Art Crime

Robert Wittman: what my FBI career taught me about art crime

Robert Wittman founded and ran the FBI’s National Art Crime Team and now works privately in the same field. He gave Private Art Investor an insight into the shady world of theft and forgery.  Working undercover in the dark and often dangerous world of art crime was par for the …

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