Starting your art collection on a budget

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Starting your art collection on a budget

Starting your art collection on a budget

The global art market has boomed from R140 billon in 2000 to R700 billion today. Its popularity is undeniable, but if you’re thinking about starting an art collection, it can be quite an intimidating prospect. Where do you start? Where should you go? What should you consider?

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For art’s sake - How good is art as an investment?

More and more investors are looking at the art market (and other collectables) as an alternative to traditional investment assets. At the same time, numerous academic studies have tried to ascertain the returns for art over the years. Perhaps though, a key part of the investment return is that part that cannot be measured – in this case, the enjoyment one gets from collecting and owning art.

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What does it mean to invest in art and what kinds of returns can one expect?

One of the highlights of the Investec Cape Town Art Fair’s Talks programme was a panel on art as an investment. Moderated by Alexia Walker, a Partner in Walker Scott Art Advisory, the panel consisted of:

  • Michelle Constant - CEO, Business and Arts South Africa
  • Jonathan Bloch - Investec Wealth & Investment
  • Samallie Kiyingi - Founder, Artnaka, UK

Watch the panel discussion video

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