At the very core of a curators job description is the capability to consistently access and offer a collector the most exceptional artwork available at the best possible price. In the past decade, Levin AG has been offered and carefully reviewed over 10,000 artworks for potential acquisition from primary gallerists, secondary dealers, and auction houses. We have been directly responsible for the purchase of over 1,000 artworks with a cumulative value in the mid-nine figures. This enormity of statistical data provides us with precise market knowledge as to who is best equipped to offer specific art works (whether primary gallery, secondary dealer, or auction house), and appropriate price points in a market where concepts of value constantly shift.
Art as an asset class is a phrase we hear with increasing regularity. Levin AG can unequivocally state that the collections we have assembled and managed have an average annual rate of return of over 30% for the past decade. But no market will continually rise, particularly at the vertiginous rate that we have seen in the fine art market since 1996. Many art advisors working today were neither advising, nor involved in the art world in any meaningful professional way when the last market boom in the mid-1980s suddenly and severely ground to a screeching halt from late 1989 to 1994. The true measure of an experienced curator occurs when the market suddenly stops or severely reverses. Our direct experience with art market cycles over the past quarter century uniquely provides Levin AG with the wisdom to envision where strategic possibilities are located in the midst of confusion, and how to turn a major market reversal into a collectors best opportunity to capitalize on higher volatility and others lack of confidence.
Should you be interested in selling artwork either privately and discretely, or publicly at auction, our firm has a proven track record of negotiating extremely favorable financial terms and world record sales prices for multiple artists. Our firm also assists clients who wish to leverage the value of their art holdings. We have extensive experience working with private banks and auction houses in the organization and implementation of a wide variety of financial alternatives. This allows us to tailor a financial vehicle to your specific needs, and results in the most favorable terms possible to the collector. Should a collectors interests require estate and/or longer term philanthropic planning, proven strategies for these can be explained and executed as well.