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Fine Art

  • Art Not Only for ‘1 Percent’, says Christie's Chief Thursday, 17 Jan 2013 | 7:15 AM ET
    Edvard Munch's The Scream

    When the public sits up and notices the art market, it is usually when an anonymous buyer pays a mind-boggling sum to acquire a prized painting.

  • Will Artspace Be the Art World’s Amazon.com? Saturday, 24 Nov 2012 | 10:00 AM ET

    The co-founders of Artspace.com think an online fine arts marketplace can be a $10 billion to $15 billion business.

  • Au Revoir, Renoir! Post-war American Art Sets Records Thursday, 15 Nov 2012 | 2:28 PM ET

    An Andy Warhol canvas led Christie's $412.3 million sale in New York, signalling a shift in tastes to midcentury and contemporay American work.

  • Sotheby’s Art Auction Sets $375 Million Record Wednesday, 14 Nov 2012 | 7:13 AM ET

    Sotheby's staged the biggest auction in its 268-year history on Tuesday, led by a $75 million Mark Rothko and a record-setting $40 million work by Jackson Pollock at its post-war and contemporary art sale.

  • Superstorm and Election Fallout Test Art Market Boom Thursday, 8 Nov 2012 | 3:24 PM ET

    In the wake of Sandy, the election and the Dow's fall, the fall auction season began with a sale that could generously be described as “subdued.”

  • ‘Urban Art’ Market Rides Out the Recession Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012 | 6:23 AM ET

    Move over Monet. Artists with street credibility are increasingly dominating the contemporary art market , with the cool factor turning works of graffiti into sought-after investments worth thousands of dollars.

  • Hollande Pushes to Exempt Art from Wealth Tax Thursday, 11 Oct 2012 | 4:59 PM ET
    French President Francois Hollande.

    Seeking to avoid more division over his wealth tax hike, the French president moved to squelch a legislative amendment that would extend the tax to art assets.

  • Investing In Fine Art Can Mean Pretty Profits Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 10:00 AM ET
    "Tete" carved by Italian sculptor and painter Amadeo Modigliani

    Investment-grade art enjoys a low correlation with other asset classes, including stocks and bonds, strengthening its case as a candidate for portfolio diversification.

  • Gundlach Increases Reward for Stolen Art Monday, 24 Sep 2012 | 6:13 PM ET
    Jeffery Gundlach

    Bond kind Jeffrey Gundlach of DoubleLine Capital has significantly increased the reward for the undamaged return of more than a dozen rare paintings stolen from him.

  • Making Millions In The Art Market Monday, 31 Aug 2009 | 12:32 PM ET
    Have a few million dollars to spend? Want to see it experience 21% annual growth? How about 900% growth over a ten- year period? Try the art market.According to ArtPrice.com, pieces from the 15 highest-selling artists have totaled $527,556,988 thus far in 2009. Works by those artists have posted average annual growth of 151.47% since 1999. The S&P 500 is down 23.5% during that time. The best selling artists are listed here by absolute value of 2009 auction sales, but pay close attention to how t

    The best selling artists are listed here by absolute value of 2009 auction sales, but pay close attention to how these works appreciate over time...some of the returns may surprise you.

  • Antiquities: New Highs For Old Treasures Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 9:56 AM ET
    Mongolian iron cap-helmet, 1300 A.D., purchased last year for $7,200.

    High quality, rare examples of Egyptian jewelry, Roman coins, prehistoric fossils, Greek vases, shipwreck coins and tribal carvings, for example, will nearly always appreciate in value for those who are willing to wait.

  • Diving Into Sunken-Treasure Investing Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 10:06 AM ET
    A sample of gold bars, coins and jewelry recovered from the $450 million treasure cache discovered on the Atocha shipwreck.

    Gold coins, gems and historic artifacts that were lost at sea have captured the imagination of treasure hunters for centuries. For a minimal investment, though, you can get a piece of the action without getting wet

  • The former supermodel and  ex-wife of rock star Mick Jagger auctioned 14 pieces, including works by Andy Warhol and Lucian Freud at the October event.

  • Highlights from the 2010 Lehman Art Auction Friday, 15 Oct 2010 | 9:49 AM ET
    Once considered to be among the most distinguished corporate art collections in the world, the works owned by Lehman Brothers — which in a 2003 merger added the collection from Neuberger Berman — is also tied to one of the most infamous bankruptcies of all time. The collection was auctioned off on Sept. 25, 2010 by , bringing in a total of $12.3 million. Among the pieces to be auctioned are early works by many of the leading artists from the late 20th and early 21st centuries, including artists

    Click to see selected works from the Lehman Brothers art auction, showing both their estimated sale price and actual one.

About Fine Art

  • Investment-grade art has a low correlation with stocks, bonds and other asset classes, making it a great alternative, but it's really a group of micro-markets with their own dynamic.