Rockefeller’s Art Collection to be Auctioned

Many people hope to live a long and happy life. David Rockefeller accomplished just that. At the age of 101, the financial mogul passed away but was sure to leave his mark on society. Earlier this month it was announced that many of Rockefeller’s personal items are being put up for sale including his NYC penthouse. The most noteworthy piece of Rockefeller’s estate going for auction is his art collection. A collection that was obtained over six decades is now heading to Christie’s auction house for what is likely to be the auction of the century.

 

David and his wife Penny were extremely active art enthusiasts. In 1994, the Museum of Modern Art used the couple’s lavish collection as the subject of one of their exhibitions. The Rockefeller’s had a strong relationship with MoMA. Thus, earnings from the auction will go to the museum, along with other philanthropic organizations. As one of the first members of “The Giving Pledge”, Rockefeller generously promised to donate more than half of his worth upon his passing. David Rockefeller Jr., has publicly stated his family’s willingness to fulfill his father’s wishes by contributing the auction earnings to charity.

 

The Rockefeller’s personal art collection has an estimated 15,000 pieces. Christie’s has received about 2,000 works of art from the compilation. With selections from the Impressionist, post-Impressionist and modern eras, the auction will earn around $500 million or more. Experts are already calling it the art auction of this and last century. In 2009, the art collection of Yves Saint Laurent auctioned at a record-breaking $484 million. It seems as though the Rockefellers are more than likely to steal this title. Prior to the auction in the spring of next year, the collection will travel around America, Europe, and Asia. None of the items for auction have been revealed and it is likely that they will remain private until the tour.

 

It seems as though the generous and philanthropic nature of David and Peggy Rockefeller will live on. As they lived their lives full of compassion and selflessness, so will their legacy. For those fortunate enough to buy a piece from this collection, they will own a legendary work of art with a great sentimental history.

 

 

How to Collect Art That is Meaningful to You

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While navigating the art collecting sphere can be a daunting and sometimes a burdensome process, it is important to not lose sight of the specific reasons you are collecting these pieces. The nature of art collecting is very much grounded in passion and it is therefore essential to keep in mind that in fact scouting pieces that you are drawn to, have a particular interest in, and which you are able to create a good sized collection are all vital signs to move forward.

 

Purchase what you like

A big part of art collecting can entail purchasing art that is on the rise or is deemed by critics to appreciate in value exponentially in the coming years. The best course of action is to invest in art that you have a connection to and genuinely like. Some companies or services specialize in a model that appraises art based on artist, genre, date range, content, materials, size, coloration, style, etc. Be sure to take a look at the Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice (aka the IRS appraisal) for more information.

 

Research first

The internet can definitely be too overwhelming when deciding what kind of art collection to start, so visiting art galleries, connecting with individuals who work at museums and exploring different art vis-a-vis is the best way to narrow this down. Speaking with professionals in person can help you become involved in a market that has a high-cost barrier to entry (which can be very intimidating to the first time art collector).

 

Putting in the time

Above everything else, remember that crafting a successful art collection is a lengthy process. If you want your collection to have a specific focus, it makes more sense to purchase one or two more valuable pieces per year–to pursue quality rather than quantity.

5 Essential Tips to Plan Your First Art Collection

5 Essential Tips to Plan Your First Art Collection

Art collecting is more than obtaining something valuable. It is about having a collection that others want to see. A good collection tells others about the art that they wouldn’t be able to determine simply by seeing the pieces alone. There are a few keys to planning your first collection.

Establish your tastes

The first step is to determine which pieces appeal to you. When you collect simply on what interests others it’s hard to make a statement with your collection. Forbes recommends touring galleries and other collections. Spend time at auctions and with other collectors before making a purchase. This will give you an opportunity to determine what interests you. Ultimately you are the one who will own the collection. It doesn’t matter if everyone shares your opinions. Your collection allows you to express your unique tastes.

Form a Cohesive Collection

Once you know what you like it’s important to know why you like it. According to ArtBusiness.com the best collections aren’t simply randomly selected pieces, but have something that ties them together. The collection then becomes a work of art in and of itself. When you know why you like a particular piece it makes it easier to select similar pieces. If you select simply based on the interests of others you may find that it is difficult to create your collection.

Create a Budget

Once you have an idea of what interests you it’s important to set a budget. How much are you planning to spend on your collection right now? How many pieces do you want to start with? These are important questions to consider and will help you determine your budget per piece as well. Art collecting can be an expensive hobby and if you spend your entire budget on one piece it may be a while before you are able to add to your collection. In addition to purchasing the piece itself you also need to consider the cost of insuring, obtaining, and displaying it.

Document Everything

Proper storage and documentation is an important key to planning your first collection. You will need to have a filing system in place to keep track of all of your purchases before you start. This paper trail is the key to establishing the authenticity of the pieces you purchase. Careful documentation preserves the value of your collection and is important not only for your own interests, but for insurance purposes as well.

Pick Your First Piece

The first piece in your collection is the building block upon which you will select your other pieces. It is essentially the first step in starting your collection. By this point you should already have a well-defined idea of what your particular tastes are. This piece should fit with the theme that you have determined for your collection. It is okay to spend more on this piece than the others as long as you don’t go over budget and are still able to purchase the remaining pieces for your collection.

15 Essential Terms to Know When Art Auctioning

15 Essential Terms to Know When Art Auctioning

Auctioning can sometimes resemble a sporting match in terms of competitiveness and intensity. Understanding the most basic principles of art auctioning will allow any individual to excel once provided with the opportunity to bid on artwork. Here are 15 terms to keep in mind as you participate in this process. 

Appraisal- The market value assigned to an item by the house specialists.

As is- The item is sold in its current condition, with imperfections and faults at the time of auction.

Auctioneer- The conductor of the auction, usually a trained professional, can be a man or woman. They are usually known for their ability to fetch outstanding prices for items, even in the stingiest of crowds. Auctioneer’s use many different styles that are catered to specific demographics.

Bid- The amount a prospective buyer signals he/she would like to pay for the item currently being auctioned.

Bought In- Art that fails to sell and gets returned to the consignor.

Buyer’s Premium- The fee that the auction house adds to the hammer price of an item, usually a percentage from 10-20%.

Conditions Report- Description of the item up for auction, usually prepared by a specialist.

Consignor- The party responsible for putting the piece up for auction. Can stem from the three D’s known as Divorce, Death and or Debt.

Exhibition History- A complete history of all exhibitions in which an item as appeared. Exhibit history may affect the value of the item.

Hammer Price- The final and winning bid, gets its name from the gavel when it comes down upon completion of an auction.

Increment- The amount by which the next bid must surpass the previous bid.

Protecting a Market- When a dealer places a bid on behalf of an artist to assure that the market value of an artist does not fall. Major artists usually expect this type of financial protection from dealers.

Reserve- The minimum price that a consignor will allow the item to be sold for. If the reserve is not met then the work will be bought in.

Sell Through Rate- The percentage compiled to assess how the auction performed. Rates below 75% are considered to be underperforming.

White Glove Sale-  An auction in with a 100% sell through rate. A party usually ensues after.

Even with basic knowledge of these terms, any beginner can approach a sale at the auction house with confidence and ease. 

Upcoming Picasso Exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery

Qingxiang Guo from the Wanda Group art collection has agreed to loan Picasso’s famous “Claude et Paloma” painting to the Vancouver Art Gallery.

China’s Wanda Group purchased Claude et Paloma for $28.2 million US, including fees at Christie’s November auction in 2013. The oil on canvas work depicts two of Picasso’s children born as a result of his long-term relationship with Françoise Gilot, which will be on display at the Vancouver Art Gallery.

Moreover, Qingxiang Guo oversees the Wanda Group art collection, which is owned by Chinese billionaire Wang Jianlin. Wang Jianlin is known as the richest person in China with a net worth of $31.5 billion US.The Wanda Group is known as one of the largest world property owning companies, as seen by their recent acquisition of the American media company called Legendary Entertainment.

Guo said he agreed to loan the painting to the Vancouver Art Gallery due to his familial connections in the area, with both son and granddaughter born in this city.

Guo also reaffirmed a notion about the “art experience” by stating that he wanted to offer this painting a space where it could be appreciated by the public eye, not only his personal use.

With over a $1.6 billion value, the works owned by the Wanda Group consist of over one-thousand paintings ranging from Pollock to Picasso.

Around 30 years ago, Guo founded the art collection that fueled his lifelong passion for all different types of art. To mark his first purchase, he gladly invested in a painting by Guanzhong Wu, who is a Chinese artist known for finding a balance between western and oriental artistic styles.

vancouver art galleryThe gallery has works by Impressionists and Modernists from not only Western tradition, but also from Chinese culture. Throughout this process, Guo has worked with a team of around 10 professionals to grow and expand this collection to what it is today.

This painting, which was crafted in 1950, depicts a brother and a sister in their everyday lives. Claude et Paloma exhibits all the visual forms of a children’s world including fat stubby fingers and the decorative ornaments from an adolescent’s perspective.

This work by Picasso lets viewers into the children’s playful, imaginary world in relation to the various patterns and playful visual components that highlight Picasso’s artistic versatility in his field. Instead deriving from historical or political subjects, this Spanish cubist chose to draw from the simplicity from a child’s gaze.

As well, Guo said what is not as widely known is that the painting is more than a portrait of two children: The painting depicts both Claude and Paloma as well as Picasso and Gilot, which provides an interesting visual dynamic for onlookers to view.