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Switzerland approves stricter regulations on free ports

On 18 November 2015, the Swiss government announced that parliament is permitting stricter regulations for free ports and customs warehouses. The regulations are part of a wider crackdown on money laundering, smuggling and other illegal activities that Switzerland has launched. The amendment to the Swiss Customs Act, which comes into …

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Domestic freeports come to the US

Nicholas O’Donnell author of art law blog Art Law Report commenting on new domestic freeports springing up in the United States. Recent news of “Freeports” opening in Delaware prompts a review of what these facilities are for, what they are not for, and where collectors and dealers can get themselves …

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Articheck: A Passport for art

Most people hate extra paper work. And no one buys art to add to their paperwork. Collectors often start out with great records but then slip. In a large art collection it can be a painstaking process to detail every aspect of an artwork and to find a safe of …

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Art storage: have you chosen wisely?

With the number of storage facilities on the increase, how do you choose the best place to keep your art? Nick Brett, CEO of AXA ART, warns that not all storage facilities are equal. “One off the perks of the job is that you do get to go out and …

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Monet painting discovered in Finland

Une Meule dans le soleil couchant, an 1891 painting by Impressionist master Claude Monet, was authenticated at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. Purchased in the 1950s by the Gösla Serlachius Fine Arts Foundation, until recently no one had succeeded in assembling sufficient proof to conclusively prove that the work was an …

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Matassa Toffolo: Protecting your art investment

You wouldn’t buy a Lamborghini and leave it out in the rain. So why invest your money in art or antiquities and then overlook the proper care needed for them? This is the question that new art collections management company Matassa Toffolo asks. Based in London and started a year …

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Larry’s List publishes report on the international art collecting scene

Larry’s List, with the help of the University of Zurich, has published its first report on international art collecting, the Art Collector Report 2014. The Hong Kong-based company, founded in 2012 by Magnus Resch, has collected data on Contemporary art collectors, profiling more than 3,000 collectors from over 70 countries. Four …

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Repairs and conservation: the hidden cost

The repair of damaged works of art is not just an issue for the conservator. Many art collectors are unaware that the artist may deem the repair to have changed the nature of the work so much that they no longer consider it a piece of their work. The impact …

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Online suite of services provides everything from valuations to exhibition opportunities

Exhibition builds provenance and value of objects. Art and antiques appreciate in value when they have been exhibited at museums – therefore lending your work for exhibition is a win-win situation for collectors, galleries and the public, says Patrick van der Vorst, founder of the online valuation service ValueMyStuff.com. Such …

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Ron Pizzuti: Collectors should use their power wisely

Do art collectors exert a positive influence on the art market, and do they have a responsibility to nurture artists or educate the public by giving them access to their work? Ron Pizzuti, founder of The Pizzuti Collection, shared his view with Private Art Investor.   Ron Pizzuti’s  passion for …

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