Authenticating Andy Warhol Works

Andy Warhol is perhaps the Contemporary Artist who best predicted the preoccupations of our times, despite dying over two decades ago. His cultivation of an artistic persona, relentless recording of the minutiae of everyday life and love of new technology in many ways prefigured the way many of us use social media to create an... Read More

Lessons on Authenticating Fine Art from the $100M Salvator Mundi Sale

[caption id="attachment_11222" align="alignnone" width="600"] Source: Newsweek[/caption] The artist Jonathan Yeo tweeted recently that the rediscovered Leonardo da Vinci painting 'Salvator Mundi' or the saviour of the world, which is being offered for sale by Christie’s on November the 15th, with an estimate of $100 Million was a bargain! And there is a solid argument that... Read More

The Impact of Technology on the Art Market

Apple as Benchmark for the Impact of Technology on the Art Market In October 2014, a 38-year-old, but still working Apple-1 computer sold for a world record $905,000 (including fees and charges) as part of Bonhams inaugural history of science sale held in New York. The price, bid by an anonymous bidder, still stands as... Read More

The Closure of Christie’s South Kensington

[caption id="attachment_11004" align="alignnone" width="520"] Source: Apollo Magazine29[/caption] Final Christie’s South Kensington Auction On the 19th of July, Christie’s auctioned 466 lots of furniture and chattels in what seemed on paper to be a fairly unremarkable interiors sale. The sale was initially presided over by regular auctioneer William Porter, though for the final 100 lots of... Read More

The Challenges and Benefits of Contemporary Art Investment

[caption id="attachment_10687" align="alignnone" width="640"] Source: Borro[/caption] Before examining the challenges and benefits of Contemporary Art investment, it is important to pinpoint where in the art landscape this category falls. Auction houses and galleries split what the un-initiated might call 'Modern art' into three main periods: Impressionist, Modern and Contemporary Art. Impressionist art begins around 1880... Read More

The Usage of Freeports in the Art Industry

What are Freeports? Conceived as a relatively simple device to allow traders to transport goods with greater ease, Freeports in the art industry have become a quintessential aspect in the 21st Century.  Freeports were created so goods such as tobacco or tea could pass through or be loaded onto another ship without importing the goods... Read More

The Lasting Impact of the MOMART Fire

Note: No assets in Borro’s care were stored at MOMART during the time of the fire. On the 24th of May 2004 a fire raged through the MOMART art storage facility in Leighton, South London, destroying hundreds of works of art.  Significant works by artists including Patrick Heron, Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin, were lost. ... Read More