Moving Your Art? Make Sure Your Appraisals Are Up To Date

Damaged package. The elderly man at the table at home closed his eyes, broken goods. Postal delivery insurance

Did you know that over 60% of damage to artwork happens during shipping? Most insurance policies cover your work when it is being moved from one house to another or loaned to an exhibition, but only based on the scheduled value. If you’ve owned your art for a while and not had the work reappraised, you could be at risk.

Cochran Arts recently worked with a savvy couple who were moving overseas. Before they left, Cochran Arts completed a complimentary review of the work being shipped and provided updated appraisals for six pieces that had increased in value. This turned out to be critical, as one was damaged on route. With their updated values, the couple was reimbursed for the amount they were due.

Prepare for Picasso Mania
LONDON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 31:  A Sotheby's employee poses with a painting by Pablo Picasso entitled 'Femme assise pres d' une fenetre,' 1932, on January 31, 2013 in London, England. The piece makes up a selection of works by artists including Monet, Miro, Picasso and Richter and is estimated to sell for between 25-35 Million GBP at auction in the 'Impressionist and Modern Art' evening sale at Sotheby's auction house on February 5, 2013.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

2023 is the 50th anniversary of Pablo Picasso's death and close to fifty museums around the globe have mounted exhibitions as part of Celebration Picasso 1973-2023. 

Among the highlights are:

Picasso Landscapes: Out of Bounds, Mint Museum, Charlotte (February 11 – May 21)
Picasso – The artist and his model, Fondation Beyeler, Basel (February 18 – May 1)
Forms and metamorphoses: the ceramic creation of Picasso, Magnelli Museum, Vallauris, France (May 6 – October 30)
Young Picasso in Paris, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (May 12 – August 7)
Picasso and Feminism, Brooklyn Museum, New York (June 2 – September 24)
Picasso – El Greco, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid (June 21 – October 1)
Picasso in Fontainbleau, Museum of Modern Art, New York (October 1 – February 2)
Picasso. Draw to Infinity, Center Pompidou, Paris (October 18 – January 1)
Picasso 1906: The Turning Point, Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sophia, Madrid (November 14 – March 4)

these artist's memoirs?
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  • The Art Angle, produced by Artnet News
  • The Art World: What If?, hosted by Allan Schwartzman and Charlotte Burns