7 Helpful Things On Art Investing For Beginners


7 Helpful Things On Art Investing For Beginners

Collecting art is both a lifelong hobby and an investment. Here’s what you need to know before you embark on this passion project.

Published on 18 November 2016

It used to be that serious art investors had to establish a complicated network of relationships with dealers, galleries and sellers in order to procure worthy pieces for their private collections. Lucky for us, Talenia Phua Gajardo, founder and director of The Artling, has done her part to democratise this rarefied process, by creating an online marketplace that anyone can access.

But investing in art is not merely about adding paintings or sculptures to your shopping basket and then clicking “Buy”. Because it is a very personal endeavour, as many experts will tell you, it is almost impossible to predict which artists or genres of artwork will withstand the test of time and even appreciate in value. In addition, the art world tends to be opaque, making it intimidating for newcomers to even dip a toe into this alternative investment market.

However, it is for a love of all things beautiful and perhaps an altruistic aim to be a patron of the arts that continues to motivate many to continue supporting the art world – as well as the possibility of reaping the rewards of impressive returns in the future. Here, Talenia shares seven things to know about being an investor and patron of the arts.

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