If you own a piece of fine art, it can be a financial asset as well as an object of pleasure. You can raise capital without selling your artwork, thanks to art lending.

What is art lending?

Art lending is when a work of art is used as collateral for a loan. This form of lending is becoming increasingly popular as it allows art collectors to release liquidity from a painting or print, without having to sell it. The market for art-secured loans has grown consistently over the past decade and there are now an estimated US$24 billion of outstanding loans against art (according to the Deloitte Art & Finance Report 2019).

Art Finance is traditionally associated with ultra-wealthy collectors being offered loans by big private banks or auction houses. However, the market has expanded and diversified over recent years, and collectors at all levels are using their art as collateral. Anyone who owns a valuable work of art can raise finance through a boutique, specialised art lender.  At Doerr Dallas Valuations we can provide you with an introduction.

Why use art lending?

There are two main reasons why collectors take out a loan against a work of fine art. The first is if a collector needs to raise finance quickly, whether to inject cash into a business or settle unexpected bills. Selling art can be a lengthy and complicated process, whereas art loans can be arranged in a matter of days. The second reason for choosing to borrow against art is to release capital for other investment opportunities, whether that’s another work of art, property or a business venture.

With the economic uncertainty brought about by Covid-19 and Brexit, taking out a loan against art has become an even more appealing proposition to collectors. A loan allows collectors to leverage their artwork while waiting for the optimum time to sell; it offers a fast route to capital, whether that’s needed to cope with unforeseen events, or to be strategically redeployed into higher-yield investments.

What kinds of art can be used for loans?

Any artwork that is likely to fare well at auction can be considered for a loan. Post-War and Contemporary works are particularly attractive as they have performed particularly well in auctions in the last few years.  For more details please contact us to discuss.

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