Showing posts with label klimt. Show all posts
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Saturday, January 26, 2013

The $100 million paintings

Would you pay more than $100 million for an artwork? Well most of us would not, the primary reason being that, most of us would not be able to afford it. However, it is quite intriguing to learn what goes through the mind of people who spend millions on an artwork.

Let us look at it this way, for a Multibillionaire spending $100 million is not a big deal, its less than 10% of the person’s total wealth. Most probably, such people have already exhausted all the different investment avenues and have turned to art. There are corporate houses that acquire art as an investment that also helps in creating a pleasant work atmosphere. Art, although a (very) long investment, can yield excellent returns, if you have the patience.

Below given are some of the unbelievable and surreal prices paid for art in the 21st century:

Andy Warhol’s ‘No.5, 1948’ claimed the highest value for a painting auctioned at $140 million in 2006

• Gustav Klimt’s ‘Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I’ sold for $135 million in the year 2006

• Edvard Munch’s ‘The Scream’ sold for $119.9 million at Sotheby’s New York in May 2011.

• Pablo Picasso’s ‘Nude, Green Leaves and Bust’ sold for $106.5 million Christie’s in New York in 2010

• Picasso’s ‘Boy with a Pipe’ raised $104.2 million at auction in 2004

• Albert Giacometti’s ‘L’Homme Qui Marche’ reached $102.7 million when it was sold in 2010 (Sculpture)

• Andy Warhol’s silk screen printing of Elvis, called ‘Eight Elvises’ was auctioned for $100 million in 2009

If you noticed, I have limited the paintings to the minimum price of $100 million. There are many more paintings from the masters in the range of $50-$100 million dollars.

Imagine this, most of us fuss over a painting that costs $10,000. Life is not fair, but I guess most people need to settle for paintings in the affordable ranges. Some of these can be a very good investment. Important tip, in this category the investors better like what they buy, as its going to be with them for a long long time.

For the ones who like it, it could be a pleasurable hobby and investment. The art market will grow once we are over the recession cliff. So my advice is to buy contemporary art while the prices are low.

Happy Art Investing….in 2013

Interesting Links:

List of the world’s most expensive paintings

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Indian art market confidence up

Art market

Indian art market confidence up by 10% in the last 6 months.

The overall ArtTactic Indian Art Market Confidence Indicator increased by 10% between May and October 2012, and is currently standing at 57 (up from 52).

The Confidence Indicator for the market remains unchanged at 71, while the confidence in the Contemporary Indian art market is up 12% from 39 to 44. Although still below the 50 level, the Expectation Indicator for the Indian Contemporary art market stands at 53, signalling a positive outlook for this market in the next 6 months.

For the Modern Indian market, 29% of the experts believe the market will go up in the next 6 months (compared to 30% in May 2012), 60% believe the market will remain flat (70% in May 2012), and 11% believe the market will fall back. Although 41% of the experts feel that the Indian Modern art market has recovered, or will do so within the next 12 months, 33% of the experts believe the market will need at least need two more years before a broader recovery will take place.

For the Contemporary Indian art market, 25% of the experts believe the market will go up (10% in May 2012), 52% believe the market will remain flat (down from 82% in May 2012) and 23% of the experts believe the market will fall (up from 8% in May 2012). This signals that a quarter of the experts believe the Indian contemporary art market will see a positive development in the next 6 months. With the Kochi Biennale in December 2012 and the India Art Fair taking place in February 2013, there are some major international events that could put the Indian contemporary art market back on collectors’ agendas in the months to come.

Also with the Chinese contemporary art market showing signs of slowing down considerably since Spring 2011, it is likely that collectors' attention will start to gradually shift elsewhere, and we believe Indian contemporary art will slowly start to regain some of the lost ground relative to its neighbours.

This article was originally published in ARTTACTIC - an online art research magazine