Fine Art

Investing in fine art, antiques and collectibles is a time-tested tradition. Not only do these objects add beauty and glamour to the owners and spaces they occupy, they are also instruments of very sound investment, that typically tends to grow with time.

Fine Art

Purchasing Fine Art, Antiquities and Collectibles:

If you are looking to invest in fine art, antiques or collectibles, here are some places where you can acquire them:

  • Auction
  • Private Sale
  • Dealers
  • Fairs

The process of acquiring them is not quite as straightforward as it seems and it is in your best interest to be guided by expert professionals. For example, if you wanted to purchase an artefact at an auction, here are the steps that would need to be taken even before the bidding begins:

  • Checking the catalogue entry to look for the history, provenance, description, bibliography, etc.
  • Request a conditions report to establish the exact condition the piece is in
  • Checking conditions of sale for information on logistics, limits and exclusions to the auctioneer’s liability
  • Checking export licenses to ensure that the item can be transported
  • Viewing of the item and even taking a second opinion from an expert at valuations
  • Registering for the auction to ensure that you can be there in person, on the phone, or online
  • Being ready with financing options, such as bank financing for instance, to pay for the acquisition of the item
  • Being ready with the most feasible ownership structure to ensure that you get the most value for minimal liability, especially with respect to taxes.

Selling Fine Art, Antiquities and Collectibles:

On the other hand, if you are selling at auction, our commercial team will be able to advise you on the listing information you will need to provide and guide you through your legal obligations after a successful sale has been made.

If you would like further information regarding the law surrounding the sale and purchase of fine art, antiquities and collectibles – please phone our London office on +44 (0) 20 3588 3500 to speak directly to one of our solicitors, or request a call back and we will contact you.


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