Growth in art and antique collection Essay

More than 50 per cent of the global major art collections are held by Americans and other 50 per cent can be found in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. More than 40 per cent of the collectors are working in asset management firms, and they try to make intelligent investments where contemporary art can deliver 4 per cent growth in 5 years. The research by the World's Chief Art Collectors claim - key ten collectors spent, on an average, of $1.7 million on paintings.

In US, some of the key cities holding art auctions are facing growing rent issues, meanwhile, Tribeca, known for film festivals, is area where artists are selling their works. Rates of most mega galleries in popular locations have increased. Auction houses are losing talents and some artists are moving into secondary markets, which resulted in weak auctions.

US art collectors get a tax break as ‘opportunity zones’

Trump administration introduced the Opportunity Zone in December 2017 that allows tax deferment on the sale of art. Last year, the 1031 tax code was introduced which allowed investors to avoid capital gains by selling one property and buying another within the mentioned duration, (art flipping). Art is one of the few collectibles having highest gain rate – 28 per cent, and the new laws requires the gains to be invested in opportunity fund where it can be kept until the mentioned duration, and the investors can gain rate of interest in the funds. Keeping the funds for 10 years can provide shelter from tax appreciations on sale and the gains from sales should be reinvested within 180 days. The new provision will force the art holders to park gains in the approved funds and stay there for some time.

The art market reports

The Art Market Clare McAndrew’s report claim the global sales increased in 2017 by 12 per cent where the sales increased on y-o-y basis after a decline in the previous years. There are indications that 2018 will be a growth year where 11 per cent gains were reported by Sotheby and 6 per cent by Christie. The report states a downturn in art sale is expected in 2019 over political destabilization and economic issues in the US and China. The auction houses are expecting the markets to remain subdued in 2019. Honk Kong and Taipei continues to grow in this sector. Taipei is becoming the new global art selling destination. A rare collection of art and galleries can be seen in Dangdai.

Art investment in mainland China declines

Chinese mainland buying declined in the last year, and the main reason is the government’s effort to track money spent on such items internationally. Trade war led to a number of issues where the buyers are unclear of the tax implications in both the countries. These deals became further controversial with the increasing involvement of Saudi Arabia’s Mohammad Bin Salman, as the deal came amidst bombing in Yemen and other human rights violation incidents.

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