Sep 30, 2019
Technology and tenacity are helping turn up undiscovered items whose value might surprise even their owners.
For years, there was a maxim that the auction market was fueled by the three D’s: death, divorce and debt. Natural upheavals powered the supply side of the business, the thinking went. But these days, auction houses are working much harder — and, by their own accounts, smarter — to find material to sell. They are using technology in new ways and staking out new territory to see if local collectors would like to part with that charming painting, that lovely old watch, that intriguing antique porcelain bowl.
Read full article via The New York Times
Jul 06, 2019
By Lindsey Bourret, Head of Authentication Services, Mearto
The history of art forgery is nearly as ancient as the history of art. Roman sculptors frequently passed off their works as made by earlier Greek artists. Even the great Michelangelo falsely aged a sculpture to make it appear older and more valuable. In the 16th century, Albrecht Dürer was so plagued by forgers that he inscribed "Be cursed, plunderers and imitators of the work and talent of others" on one of his engravings.
Though it’s certainly not a new phenomenon, the previous decade has seen a number of major forgery scandals, from the arrest of notorious forger Wolfgang Beltracchi, ...
Sep 16, 2017
The Clarion List continues our series of interviews with leading art companies. Whether you are learning about these companies for the first time or are already familiar with their services, we hope this series helps shed insight into each’s distinct niche and makes the art services market in general more transparent.
This month we discussed art advisory with Marc Hajjar, Associate Director at Winston Art Group, a leading independent art advisory and appraisal firm with eight offices in the US. Learn about how the firm's large size helps their clients, how today's treatment of art as an asset class is spurring new trends in art appraisals, and about what trends they are seeing in art ...
Mar 20, 2017
By Bonnie Kagan of Kagan Fine Art, art advisor and appraiser in New York
You have inherited an art collection. Wonderful
You may ask:
Ok, what do I really want to do with all of this?
What are my options? How does one prepare for the secondary market?
How do you choose an art professional to help?
It is best to choose an Art Advisor and Appraiser, since this person will be able to take you through all the steps to achieve the outcome you want, they will know where to go, what you need, and what it all should cost. Besides having the obvious qualifications as an art professional, choose someone who will take the time to listen to your concerns and situation.
If the art collection has s ...
Apr 08, 2016
There are many reasons to call in a professional art appraiser to determine the value of a work of art or an entire collection. You may be dividing an inherited collection among heirs, seeking to collateralize a loan or need to raise cash quickly.
A valuation may be needed to:
- Ascertain the fair market value for an estate, donations or for the IRS
- Determine the net marketable cash value (after expenses) in the event of a divorce or lawsuit
- Obtain a retail replacement value for insurance
- Fix a salvage value (for after a catastrophe)
- Set a value for the purposes of loan collateral
- Find out the liquidation value (during a bankruptcy or to cover large expenses like tuition or ...