Which taxes affect the art market? Tax rate in 20 countries

posted by on 2011.01.29, under Taxes and Laws

VAT, import/export, droit de suite, capital gains tax, deducibility. Which taxes do affect the art market? And did the UE succeed in the harmonization of the tax system? These answer and many more are subject of a special guide realized in collaboration with Marilena Pirrelli for PLUS24 – ArtEconomy24 Il Sole 24 ORE. It was published on January 29th, 2011 (Italian language; pdf on request; English version available).

Is the art market going online?

posted by on 2011.01.15, under Art Fairs

VIP Art Fair is the first art fair that takes place exclusively online. But is it possible to buy art from the Internet? And how does the role of the art dealer change? I discussed these questions with gallery owners and collectors for the article “Vip Art Fair: l’arte è online”, published today in ArtEconomy24 Il Sole 24 ORE (Pdf on request).

It’s record for the Warhol shot by Dennis Hopper

posted by on 2011.01.14, under Auctions

Lot 37, Andy Warhol, in collaboration with Dennis Hopper, Mao: one plate (F. & S. II. 99) screenprint in colors, 1972, S. 36 x 36 in. (914 x 914 mm.). Estimate: 20,000 – 30,000 U.S. dollars; Price Realized: 302,500 U.S. dollars. Courtesy Christie’s Images Ltd. 2011


Christie’s New York continues the dispersion of Dennis Hopper’s collection (“Interiors”, January 11th and 12th) and sets a new record for a Mao Tse-Tung silk screen by Andy Warhol that the actor had shot during a wild night: 302,500 $, ten times the high presale estimate of 20-30,000 $.  My auction report was published today on the website of ArtEconomy24 Il Sole 24 ORE under the title “Collezione Hopper: serigrafia di Mao “bucata” di Warhol strappa il record“.

Minimalism and Applied II at Daimler Contemporary Berlin

posted by on 2011.01.09, under Exhibitions

The second part of the exhibition series “Minimalism and Applied”, organized by Daimler Art Collection at Daimler Contemporary in Berlin (Potsdamer Platz), is on show until March 27th, 2011. The exhibition focuses on the dialogue between outstanding exponents of architecture and furniture design with international contemporary art. My favorite piece on show was the school desk designed by French architect Jean Prouvé.


Interview with Julius Hummel

posted by on 2011.01.08, under Interviews


Dealer and collector Julius Hummel from Vienna speaks about Viennese Actionism and its market, from the isolation of the early years until the slow process of entering museums collections nowadays. The interview was published today in ArtEconomy24 Il Sole 24 ORE within a special issue dedicated to the Austrian movement (Pdf on request).