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No Blue Period: Art as an Alternative Real Asset Investment

13 April 2021 - 3 min read

Technologies such as blockchain may soon enable retail and institutional investors to own shares in major paintings and other art forms.

Recent art auctions have included a number of record-breaking transactions, ranging from complete collections to a single piece of non-fungible token (NFT) crypto-art. 

The contemporary art category saw an annualized return of 13.6% over a 25-year period (1995–2020), compared to 8.9% for the S&P 500 Total Return.


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