Opinion

Private Art Investor Q&A: Jean-Baptiste Fabre, founder of AuctionAfterSale and Thirdman.auction

In a new section for Private Art Investor, we quiz leading industry figures on what they enjoy about their job, their likes and pet hates, their ideal client and who would play them in a movie of their life. This week, Jean-Baptiste Fabre, founder of AuctionAfterSale and Thirdman.auction, faces the …

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Opinion

Rosenberg & Co

Marianne Rosenberg was destined to have a gallery. Her great-grandfather, grandfather, great-uncle and father were all leading art dealers. The only surprise is that she became a lawyer first (where she specialised in asset and project finance). As well as launching a gallery, Marianne and her sister are also the …

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Opinion

The online gold art rush

Gordon Moore, the co-founder of Intel, the silicon chip maker, is now best known for his 1965 law. Moore’s law stated that the number of transistors in a circuit was doubling every year (in 1975 he changed it to every two years). His prediction has been accurate, partly because hardware …

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Bidder Beware

There has been a lot of discussion about auction guarantees. Some of the criticism is valid, but it is not a new problem. Guarantees may be unfair on buyers but the people who provide them generally understand the risks. The same is not always true for irrevocable bidders. The people …

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Art InsuranceOpinion

Good Title?

The American Land Title Association has – in its words – been “protecting the American dream since 1907”. The association launched 54 years after the Law Property Assurance and Trust Society, the first title insurance company, was formed in Pennsylvania in 1853. Nearly all US real estate transactions involve title …

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Fair Exchange

In a week when what has been described as a B-list Van Gogh painting – sold for $66 million it is perhaps surprising that there has been a call for more regulation to encourage buyers into art. Skate’s latest Art Fairs Report says art fairs should act as regulators. “There …

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Opinion

Made in China

In February London’s Dulwich Picture Gallery replaced one of its paintings with a £70 copy painted by Meisheng Oil Painting Manufacture Co in Xiamen, China. This week it unveiled the replica was of ‘Young Woman’ by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. An impressive 10 per cent of visitors picked it out from the …

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Art FairsOpinion

The five stages of reacting to online art

Denial, anger, bargaining, depression, acceptance. The five stages of grief are also very similar to the way traditional businesses react to the internet. Like many other retailers galleries and auction houses argued that their products were different. This week the Hiscox Online Art Trade Report 2015 estimated that the value …

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Art InsuranceOpinion

Hold the excitement

Art insurance and storage are not meant to be exciting business. That is why art warehouses are built in places like Geneva, Singapore and Luxembourg with stable economies and political climates rather than on earthquake fault lines in unstable republics. And no one wants problems with their insurers. This week …

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Art RestitutionOpinion

Another 70 years of missing art

Klaus Albrecht Schröder, the director of Vienna’s Albertina Museum, has told The Art Newspaper that there should be a limit on Nazi restitution claims. He said: “The international community should decide on a sensible time frame of 20 or 30 years from now. If we don’t set a time limit …

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