Art Stocks & Funds

Overview

While investing in art assets can generate significant returns, it requires a "private-equity" styled approach that includes hands-on involvement. Further investments are needed after the purchase of art assets, as well as considerable focus on research, public communication and other essential steps aimed at enhancing the value of assets purchased.

Simply purchasing art and then sitting back to enjoy the acquisition will unlikely generate significant returns; in fact, ownership costs will make such investments look more expensive by the day. Furthermore, the art market's poor liquidity and exorbitant transaction costs will most likely make passive art investments loss makers in the event that one is forced to sell quickly.

For rational investors who seek exposure to the art market without actually having to buy art assets, there is an optional investment strategy to consider. This strategy focuses on investment in Art Stocks - publicly-traded companies in the art industry.

In September 2005, Skate's Art Market Research began to identify companies whose revenues and profits are generated primarily from products and services related to the art market. See also Skate's Art Indices.

As of July 31, 2014 this segment showed a combined market capitalization of USD 4.72 billion.

Art Stocks (publicly traded companies in the Art Industry)

Company Listing / Currency July 2014 Performance YTD 2014 Performance Price as of Jul-31, 2014
USD
Price
52-wk Low
USD
Price
52-wk High
USD
Market Cap as of Jul-31, 2014
USD mln
Sotheby's NYSE / USD -5.6% -25.5% 39.65 37.62 54.00 2,742
Poly Culture Group Hong Kong / HKD -6.2% -21.8% 3.33 3.26 5.74 784
MCH Group Zurich / CHF 4.6% 6.7% 71.38 61.75 75.47 429
Stanley Gibbons London / GBP 2.4% -7.6% 5.32 4.63 6.41 245
Collectors Universe NASDAQ / USD 2.2% 16.7% 20.02 14.01 23.69 170
Artprice.com Paris / EUR -7.7% -10.3% 17.89 14.98 29.00 115
Art Vivant Tokyo / JPY -1.0% -0.3% 3.43 2.68 5.00 53
Seoul Auctions Seoul / WON -11.4% -10.4% 2.98 2.43 3.14 50
Weng Fine Art Frankfurt / EUR -3.5% -18.6% 13.53 13.27 20.59 37
Shinwa Art Auction Tokyo / JPY 19.0% -38.3% 4.02 2.81 7.32 25
Artnet Frankfurt / EUR 0.7% 27.5% 4.19 2.16 4.46 23
Scholium Group London / GBP -6.5% -16.8% 1.37 1.35 1.83 18
ARTNEWS S.A. Warsaw / PLN -33.4% -14.1% 0.61 0.51 1.75 13
Mallett London / GBP -4.1% -18.2% 0.97 0.97 1.32 13
Art&Business Magazine Warsaw / PLN -1.9% -39.8% 0.31 0.23 0.60 4

Skate's Art Stocks Index -4.2% -24.1% 189.1 184.7 253.2 4,723
Skate's Investable Art Stocks Index -1.9% -12.3% 107.9 103.1 126.1 3,701

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