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Klimt was the master of symbolism, but was his personal life as scandalous as his paintings? Born on July 14 1862 in Baumgarten, Austria, Gustav Klimt was the son of a struggling gold engraver. Klimt was the second of seven children and lived in poverty while he studied architectural painting at Vienna’s School of Applied Arts. All three of the Klimt boys displayed early artistic talent—as a member of the ‘Company of Artists’ (a group...

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An eye for quality and patience are crucial for high net worth individuals looking to start investing in art. Russian businessman Dmitry Rybolovlev thought he grossly overpaid when he purchased Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi (c.1490) from Swiss art dealer Yves Bouvier for $127.5 million in 2013—Bouvier reportedly ‘only’ paid around $75 million for it. However, at one of the most publicised auctions to date, da Vinci’s masterpiece fetched in excess of $450 million at...

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Fine art fakes have cost buyers millions for centuries; following recent allegations of forgery in the art world, protecting art investments has never been so important.  Before the stunning Leonardo da Vinci painting Salvator Mundi (c.1490) obliterated auction sale records in 2017 (with a staggering $450 million, for those that don’t already know), much controversy had erupted among experts and the media surrounding its authenticity. Critics asserted that the pose of the painting’s subject, Christ,...

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There are a multitude of factors why the current art finance model isn’t ideal—Amelia Hunton, Managing Director, OMNIA Asset Solutions OMNIA Global brings innovation to the art finance sector with their art finance division, called OMNIA Asset Solutions, launched to help collectors, institutions and corporations generate an income form their luxury assets. OMNIA Asset Solutions have positioned themselves as an alternative finance service to traditional art loans. The company has been operating within the art...

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In an Arts & Collections exclusive, Eleesa Dadiani—owner of Dadiani Syndicate and founder of Dadiani Fine Art—reveals her cryptocurrency journey and how she is democratising fine art on the blockchain with Maecenas. An auction for the people Self-styled early adopter and inherent maverick Eleesa Dadiani—aka the ‘Queen of Crypto’—is helping to reshape a centuries-old institution. Her multi-dimensional company, Dadiani Syndicate, is partnering with blockchain platform Maecenas to stage one of the world’s first blue-chip art cryptocurrency...

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An 18th-century rare Chinese vase found in a shoebox in France sold for €16.2m (£14m) at a Sotheby’s sale. The vase, which was auctioned by Sotheby’s Paris on Tuesday (June 12), sold for more than 20 times its guide price—€500,000 to 700,000. It is the highest price ever reached by a single item sold by Sotheby’s in France. The vase was part of a family’s inheritance and was discovered in an attic. Sotheby’s Asian art...

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Tate Modern’s new Modigliani exhibition will highlight the work of one of the most famously tormented artists of the 20th century, a visionary who transcended the boundaries of art at the time.  Credited with modernising two of the most common themes in art history—the portrait and the nude—Amedeo Modigliani is, to this day, still one of the most famous avant-garde artists of the 20th century. Tormented by ill health for the majority of his life,...

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‘I think that art is a window into pretty much everything that affects humanity—that’s how I look at it’—Rena DeSisto, global arts and culture executive at Bank of America Rena DeSisto and Allen Blevins from Bank of America give Arts & Collections an insight into their Art in Our Communities project. Since its inception in 2008, Bank of America has used its Art in Our Communities scheme to reach out to non-profit museums and galleries, helping to...

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Maurizio Cattelan is one of the most controversial and elusive figures in contemporary art. Bizarre and highly provocative, his epithet—the ‘prankster of the art world’—alludes to the strange, sometimes legally dubious, way he approaches his work. Early life and work Born in 1960 in Padua, Italy, Maurizio Cattelan came from humble beginnings. His upbringing was spartan and his family always knew he was an artistic soul. In a premature bid for independence and in pursuit...

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Parisians have always been synonymous with artistic flair; their museums have always strived to embody the most up to date and crucial artwork of the age. This summer has proved to be no different. Here are the top exhibitions in Paris this season: Portraits of an influencer France’s established Musée d’Orsay devotes its collection to a true pioneer of modern art: Paul Cézanne. While he excelled in capturing landscapes, the painter was often revered for...

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