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Art & Luxury Assets

Art & Luxury Assets

Service overview

We provide rounded and expert advice whether you are looking to buy, sell or raise finance against significant art pieces, collectables, artefacts, vintage books, fine wine collections, private jets, yachts, classic cars, super cars and other luxury assets.

Our UK and international client base ranges from auction houses, collectors, galleries and museums to estates, family offices and charities in various matters concerning their collections. As well as advising on complex acquisitions, ownership structuring, financing, philanthropy and title disputes, we also advise on reproduction of artwork, including copyright permissions for catalogues and marketing, royalties and loans to and from other institutions. One of our clients in this sector is one of the world’s oldest and leading international auction houses.

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Lydia Thorp
Junior Partner
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Art & Luxury Assets

Service highlights

Our commercial team have vast experience in the buying and selling of luxury assets whether through private sales, auction or gift.
We advise potential buyer’s on the complexities on buying at auction, whether in regards to buyer’s premiums or warranties of authenticity, title and condition.
We advise both artist estates concerning their copyright rights as well as securing the necessary copyright permissions to reproduce artwork in catalogues and marketing.
We have strong relationships with banks and other funding sources to assist in acquiring or re-financing any luxury asset. We also work with brokers in London who can place funding for specific assets. For example we have worked with one client in this regard in relation to his Monet collection.
Our corporate and tax advisors work closely with you on the purchase or sale of any luxury asset to ensure provenance issues are covered, insurance and shipping organised as well as tax and customs duties are fully understood.
We advise galleries, publishers, artists and states on their contractual rights and obligations under contracts.
If our client is in an unfortunate position of having title or other issues arising from any acquisition of a luxury asset, our litigation team are adept at working with you to resolve these issues, whether through the courts or settlement.
Burlingtons Private Office has a bespoke concierge service and our team is able to search for and locate that luxury item, whether vintage jewellery, fashion accessory or trophy cars.
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