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Art Shares: investing in works of art with an Italian start-up

Based in San Marino, medium and long-term returns, like on the stock market

Investing in artworks and turning them into returns. Exactly like on the stock market. This is the new endeavour recently baptized online by the Italian start-up Art Shares, founded by Claudio Poleschi and Maurizio Fontanini experts in the trade of artworks and in financial consulting for businesses. The company is based in the Republic of San Marino and hence enjoys a particularly advantageous tax rate reserved for start-ups certified as highly innovative. This is an important element – explain the founders – because it makes it possible to guarantee clients a higher profit margin. – that is the name of the online platform that opens on January 24th – makes it possible to buy “shares” in art works, in joint property with other users. Art Shares will then sell the works at the time they consider most gainful, i.e. when the investors’ profit is greater than 10%, underscores the company, and distribute the profits on the basis of the shares owned by each investor.

Our exclusive algorithm manages the work on the market respecting the constraints of performance and time. his way the investor can count on an investment platform that maximizes the result of each single work they handle.

Claudio Poleschi e Maurizio Fontanini

Buying shares is very simple: the website posts the entire catalogue of works available online, and after deciding on your own preference, simply proceed to the purchase of the shares you want by adding them to the shopping cart and begin the payment process directly online by credit card or bank transfer. Those who wish to buy all the shares of the other co-owners can do so by paying them an additional 10% profit over their initial purchase price. Preserved in a trust, once the work is sold on the market, Art Shares will pay the profit within 30 days, retaining a commission equal to 2.5%.

At the moment the catalogue counts about twenty works by artists such as Alberto Burri, Andy Warhol, Christo, Fernando Botero, Giorgio Morandi, to name just a few. Each work features a description, and based on the value, indicates the number of shares available for purchase at the price of 100 euro each. It has already sold out the shares for “Salvo 1973”, a painting on fabric by the artist of the same name, for which 450 shares were sold for a total value of 45,000 euro. The company has announced the arrival of two new entries on the portal including a work by Carla Accardi. “Our ambition is to keep the work of art for three to five years, a span of time during which its value will increase, underscores Art Shares. Over this period of time, it will be available for sale so that at any time, an operator can make a bid to buy it”. After two years, if the work has not been sold on the market, it will be sold at auction.


translation by Olga Barmine

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