So, we’ve put together a list of key words that should make investing in art for beginners a lot easier and help you understand which artwork is the best artwork to invest in.
Blue-chip: Blue-chip art refers to high-value artworks by established artists. Like blue-chip stocks, these artists will have a solid reputation and strong historic track record, important indicators of a smart art market investment.
Catalogue Raisonné: An artist’s catalogue raisonné is a comprehensive illustrated and annotated catalogue of all known artworks by an artist. The catalogue raisonné is often produced by the prevailing expert in the artist’s field, which can range from their primary dealer to a leading scholar, or even a family member. This is sometimes divided into a particular time-period or medium (material) – Pablo Picasso’s catalogue raisonné spans 33 volumes!
Cataloguing: Cataloguing refers to both the primary and supplementary information associated with an artwork, from the title and dimensions of the work to what it’s made of and its exhibition history. Mintus provides the full cataloguing of all its offerings to all members of the art investment platform.
Composition: Composition refers to how the shapes, forms, and subjects of a painting are arranged on the canvas.
Contemporary: Contemporary art refers to art created by artists working from the late 20th century to the present day. The growth of the contemporary art market has made artworks from contemporary artists some of the best art to invest in now.
Decorative arts: Decorative arts, as opposed to fine arts, refer to arts or crafts whose objective is the design and creation of objects that are both beautiful and functional. Examples of decorative art forms are ceramics, metalwork, furniture, jewellery, and textiles.
Edition: An edition is a term used in conjunction with prints. It refers to the number of prints that were created of a certain image. I.e. a limited edition of 25 would mean 25 copies were made of an image, and in artworks, is expressed in the form of a fraction usually in the bottom corner of the picture, e.g. ‘1/25’.
Fine art: Fine art, as opposed to the decorative arts, refers to art forms primarily or solely appreciated for their visual or intellectual content. Painting, drawing, and sculpture are all examples of fine art.
Hammer Price: Hammer price refers to the price realised by an artwork at auction, before the auction house adds on its fees (the premium).
Medium: Medium refers to the materials from which an artwork is made.
Modern: Modern art generally refers to art from the late 19th century up until the end of the Second World War. It encompasses some of the most famous movements, such as Impressionism and Cubism, and artists, such as Vincent Van Gogh and Pablo Picasso. Whilst growth in the market for Modern art has slowed over the past decades, it continues to drive interest and form the basis of major public and private collections, remaining some of the best artwork to invest in.
Multiples: Multiples is an alternative term to ‘Prints’, usually referring to objects and collectibles rather than visual images.
Old Masters: Old Masters refer to the great artists from before the mid-19th century. More specifically it tends to refer to artists from the 13th-17th centuries in Europe. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Rembrandt are all examples of Old Masters.
Post-War: Post-War art refers to art made by artists primarily working in the decades following the Second World War. Pop artists, like Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein, are well-known examples of Post-War artists. Their contemporary imagery, combined established reputations and track records, make them some of the best art investments.
Premium: The premium refers to the additional fees added to the hammer price when an artwork sells at auction. Generally, it’s the price an artwork is advertised to have sold for and is reflective of the final price a buyer would have paid to acquire an artwork at auction.
Prints: Prints refer to any image-based artwork made in multiple iterations. I.e. there are multiple copies of the same image. There are many different types of print, such as screen printing, lithography, etching, and engraving, but all fundamentally involve a transfer process from one surface to another.
Provenance: Provenance is the ownership history of an artwork, and an essential part of the cataloguing. The provenance can have a significant effect on the value of an artwork, so is an essential consideration when deciding which artwork to invest in.
Sculpture: Sculpture is a three-dimensional art form, often made through carving stone or wood, moulding plaster, or casting metal.
Subject (matter): An artwork’s subject matter is what the artwork is trying to portray. This can be anything from an object or individual to a feeling or mood.
We welcome any owner who wants to unlock liquidity from their collections to contact our Fine Art Team. This includes individual investors, galleries, institutions, and artists. Please reach out if you're interested in listing your artwork on the Mintus platform.
All artwork offered by Mintus is stored in climate-controlled, specialist art storage facilities, under a Mintus account. Current paintings are held in a facility in Delaware.
Artwork is acquired through our unique relationships with the world’s most renowned collectors and galleries. Our Fine Art Team marries their own expertise with insights from fellow industry experts to identify one-of-a-kind investment opportunities from established artists with high-growth potential. Our team examines metrics such as the artist’s market track record, recent price velocity and momentum, and the size of their international collector base when making investment decisions.
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For more information on risks, see the Memorandum for the relevant artwork and the important disclosures.
Mintus does not sell NFTs. NFTs are digital assets. Mintus enables qualifying investors to participate in the art market by purchasing interests in high value, physical artworks. Mintus’ platform facilitates investment in real, iconic artworks created by established artists.
Mintus will introduce a Secondary Market for investors in permitted locations, which will facilitate selling of shares to buyers, dependant on demand.
According to the regulations, certain investments can only be made available to investors who fall within these categories and Mintus must also follow appropriateness requirements when registering investors.
Fees are dependent on the specific artwork and the specific structure of the investment opportunity. Fees are clearly shown in advance for each artwork / investment opportunity, as displayed in the Memorandum that relates to the artwork / investment opportunity; this document is available to download from the profile of each artwork under the Opportunities section.
Both individual investors and institutions can invest in artworks. Individual investors will need to declare themselves to be ‘high net worth individuals’, ‘sophisticated investors’ or 'accredited investors' during the account creation process. Individual investors will also need to pass an appropriateness assessment. Professional investors including wealth managers, private banks and family offices should contact our team for more information on investing as an entity or managing multiple client accounts on the platform.
For the opportunities listed, a minimum investment of $3,000 is required however investments can be for any amount above this and generally range from $15,000 to $100,000. International payments are accepted.
Funds can be sent from any denomination into our USD bank account. We will show you the estimated cost in your chosen currency during the investment process, however this may change at the point of transfer, and does not account for fees charged by your bank. When transferring, your bank may show an estimated conversion; alternatively the funds can be sent in your local currency and converted at the point of receipt. Other transfer services such as Wise display exact fee and currency conversion rates to ensure you're sending the subscribed amount.
Mintus does not provide tax advice. We recommend that investors obtain their own tax advice as every person has specific tax circumstances. Generally, income and profits generated from your investment can be subject to either income tax or capital gains tax (depending on the individual investor and the specific structure of the investment). Artworks are not income-generating during the period they’re held. If you are unsure about your tax or other legal requirements, please speak to a professional advisor.
Not directly. In order to take an investment from one artwork to another, shares would need to be sold to a willing buyer on the future Mintus Secondary Market and then proceeds reinvested on the platform. The Secondary Market will only be available in permitted locations.
Typically, valuations occur at the end of June and December, with reports distributed to investors as soon as possible thereafter.
All actions in relation to the asset are at the discretion of Mintus. Mintus will communicate with investors on a six-monthly basis with an update on the net asset value, and any further news will be communicated on an ad-hoc basis.
Distributable profits will be made available to investors as soon as possible, once all sale-related administration is complete.
Profits will be received into your Mintus wallet, with the option to withdraw the profits into a bank account or reinvest on the Mintus platform.