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The Investment Assets Handbook: A definitive practical guide to asset classes by Yoram Lustig

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Chapter 16: Art

Art is the expression or application of human creative skill or imagination, typically in a visual form such as painting or sculpture. The prices of paintings, usually by well-known artists, have increased over time, suggesting that investing in art has the opportunity to generate high returns.

Sotheby’s and Christie’s, the two art businesses and auction houses, have sold paintings and other jewellery and collectibles for millions. For example, The Card Players by Paul Cézanne was sold in 2011 for over $250 million, making it the most expensive painting ever sold. In 1990 Vincent Van Gogh’s Portrait of Dr. Gachet was sold by Christie’s for $82.5 million, making it the most expensive painting ever sold in a public auction until ...

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