Art finance


New law planned to govern the art lending market

20 September 2016

A shake-up of the art lending market has been proposed by the Law Commission with eventual plans for an art assets register.

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Forum to offer interest-free credit on auction purchases

09 September 2016

Forum Auctions are to introduce a credit facility for buyers at future sales. In an exclusive arrangement with lending platform Unbolted, the new London firm will offer approved bidders the opportunity to pay for purchases with up to 90 days of interest-free finance.

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Victoria Borwick MP: ‘Brexit an opportunity to recast laws affecting UK art market’

01 September 2016

The antiques industry now has the chance to influence any rethinking of laws that have compromised its trade as the UK heads towards Brexit, the MP Victoria Borwick said this morning.

EU Referendum… how will the art and antiques industry adapt to a Brexit economy?

15 June 2016

With just over a week to go till polling day, we asked dealer and auctioneer representatives to speculate on how both sides will adapt to any uncertainty generated by a vote to Brexit

Art-secured lending grows by 20% in US

11 May 2016

The American art-secured lending market is growing significantly, with an estimated loan book size of between $15bn-19bn.

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Russian art sales suffer from flatter demand

07 December 2015

The latest Russian art sales in London posted the weakest results in over a decade as a drop-off in both demand and supply brought a further downturn in the market.

Cultural property law to be debated in German parliament

30 November 2015

The German Cultural Property and Heritage Protection Law (Kulturschutzgesetz) is due to be debated in the German Bundestag next spring after a “defused” draft of the law received cabinet approval on November 4.

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Major lots help generate over $2bn total in New York auction fortnight

16 November 2015

The large sums of money changing hands at the top end of the Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary art market was underlined at the latest auctions in New York.

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Results for Taubman collection question level of guarantee

09 November 2015

The hefty guarantee paid out by Sotheby’s to secure the Alfred Taubman collection meant the stakes were running high for the first and most financially crucial tranche of the four-part auction staged at Sotheby’s New York.

Paddle8 secure $34m funding boost

02 November 2015

Online auction site Paddle8, who recently took space in Mayfair, have secured $34m in new funding.

Views on the market ahead of Asia festival

20 October 2015

Ahead of the 18th staging of ‘Asian Art in London’ (November 5-14) – and against a backdrop of a slowdown in the Chinese economy – we invited senior members of the dealing fraternity to give their views on the market and their expectations for the event.

Bruno sells as 1stdibs raise new funding

17 September 2015

Online dealer marketplace 1stdibs has raised between $50m and $60m from venture capitalists Insight Venture Partners, Fortune magazine reports.

Ex-CEO charged over antiques sales: dealer implicated

11 September 2015

An American businessman has been charged in a New York court accused of applying improper valuations to items sold from his art and antiques collection.

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Sotheby’s guarantee $500m Alfred Taubman collection

07 September 2015

The collection of the late A Alfred Taubman is to be offered in a series of sales in New York, starting this autumn.

Sotheby’s weaker results show effects of painting ‘anomaly’

17 August 2015

Sotheby’s share price dropped by over 8% earlier this month after the company posted some weaker-than-expected second quarter results.

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Wedgwood Collection on display after £34m Barlaston museum redevelopment

10 August 2015

The Wedgwood Collection has gone back on public display now a £34m museum redevelopment is complete.

London numismatists urge clients to oppose German Cultural Property law changes

04 August 2015

Coin specialists AH Baldwin & Sons are encouraging their customers to sign the petition opposing an amendment to the controversial German Cultural Property and Heritage Protection Law.

Showground exhibitors must pay VAT on pitch rentals

30 July 2015

Exhibitors at British showground fairs must pay 20% VAT on pitch rentals, a tribunal has decided.

Art dealer sentenced for paintings fraud

24 July 2015

An art dealer from Cornwall has been sentenced after pleading guilty to seven counts of fraud relating to the sale of fake paintings, including works he claimed were by Alfred Wallis (1855-1942).

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Luba lights up Christie’s Exceptional sale at £5.4m

13 July 2015

This striking 2ft 1½in (64.4cm) high Luba figural bowstand made c.1880 by the Warua Master was the runaway star of London’s high season sales.

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