The Startup Bringing the Art Market to Bay Area Investors

You might think that investing in works of art by Picasso and Basquiat is a pastime reserved for the ultra-rich.

The startup masterpieces gives everyone the opportunity to take advantage of contemporary art as an investment opportunity, alongside famous collectors like Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey.

Masterworks is the first and only platform dedicated to democratizing the art market, allowing you to add top-notch art to your portfolio.

What’s wrong with top-notch artwork?

Prime works of art are those created by the most renowned and recognized artists, whose position in the auction market has been consolidated by exceptional sales volumes over the decades.


Masterworks researchers found that since 2000, the top of the art market has shown price appreciation at an average annual rate of 8.9%, while the stock market has lagged considerably, rising at a rate 3.4% over the same period.

In other words, contemporary art prices almost tripled stocks. Additionally, art has a very low correlation to the S&P 500, which arguably makes it a less volatile investment, on average, than, say, Bitcoin or NFTs.

From 1995 to 2020, contemporary art only posted losses over three-year investment horizons 4% of the time.

Not only that. The art and collectibles market is estimated at over $1.7 billion, so it’s no wonder the ultra-rich have been growing and protecting their wealth with art for centuries .

Masterworks saves you time by conducting the intensive research necessary to understand the demand in the art market. Their revolutionary platform and team of data experts take care of finding top-notch artists for you. This way you can invest in paintings by iconic artists like Warhol, Picasso and Monet without stepping foot in a stuffy auction house.

And Masterworks has a track record that speaks for itself.

In October 2020, Masterworks successfully sold Banksy’s ‘Mona Lisa’ for $1.5 million resulting in an IRR of 32% (net of all costs and fees) year over year.

After Banksy’s successful sale, Masterworks sold another painting in December 2021. George Condo’s “Staring into Space” sold for $2.9 million, resulting in an IRR of 31.7% (net of all costs and fees) for investors.

SFGATE readers can get priority access to their latest offerings and start building a portfolio of top-notch artwork. Join over 300,000 Masterworks members investing in contemporary art.

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