According to thierry Ehrmann, the found and CEO of Artprice.com, “Our clients, with Artprice, can follow artworks from one appearance at auction to another, which give them insight into how collectors anticipate the Art Market and benefit from its long-term general evolution.
When we take a look at the first quarter of 2019, for instance, we see that a large number of Fine Art auction lots have proved the extraordinary profitability of Art as an investment over the last thirty years. Of these the most spectacular was probably David Hockney’s Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott (1969), which fetched the quarter’s best result at over $49 million on 6 March 2019 at Christie’s London. In November 1992, the same 2×3 metre canvas had sold for $1 million.”
The price evolution of Paul Signac’s Le Port au soleil couchant proves that the best financial returns are not reserved for Post-War and Contemporary artists.
The seascape’s three appearances at auction show a constant and extremely dynamic appreciation over nearly forty years, for a historical artist whose contribution to the History of Western Art has long been recognised:
- 12 May 1980: $490,000 (Sotheby’s New York)
- 11 May 1993: $1.8 million (Sotheby’s New York)
- 27 February 2019: $26 million (Christie’s London)
Basquiat still leading
The upside on works by Jean-Michel Basquiat has been somewhat less publicized over the first part of 2019… and yet the American prodigy generated three of the ten best gains in the first quarter. On 5 March 2019 at Sotheby’s London, his 1986 canvas Apex (painted two years before his death by drug overdose) reached $10.8 million, multiplying its value by no less than 370 times since its last auction in June 1988 when it sold for just $29,400.
A pencil drawing entitled Soothsayer (1983) proves that Basquiat’s success covers all of his production. Acquired for $32,900 in June 2002, this small work sold for $997,600 on 5 March 2019, representing an average annual return on investment of +22% over the last 17 years.
Similarly, his paper collage Untitled (1987) – sold during the same session at Sotheby’s in London – confirms a very clear trend:
- on 25 March 1993 it fetched $26,700 (Christie’s London)
- on 5 March 2019 it fetched $1,321,000 (Sotheby’s London)
We have seen this kind of price metamorphosis with lots of other artists as well. The Minimalist French artist, Daniel Buren (b. 1938) is today enjoying an extraordinary price ascension that is rewarding all the collectors who anticipated the power of his art a quarter of a century ago.
His canvas Peinture acrylique blanche sur tissu rayé blanc et rouge, purchased $3,500 in 1997 at Libert-Castor in Paris, fetched $357,500 at Phillips in London on 8 March 2019.
Likewise in Asia
Hong Kong’s recent prestige sales in the wake Art Basel Hong Kong generated a number of significant revaluations that benefit Asian collectors. The biggest rise in China during Q1 2019 came from a painting by Fengmian Lin (1900-1991) titled Wisteria. Twenty-seven years ago it sold for $15,000 at Sotheby’s in New York. Since 2 April 2019, it is now worth over $1.3 million.
The return to Hong Kong of great works by Chinese Modern artists, long traded on the Western marketplaces, can have a considerable impact on their value. But the development of the Hong Kong market over the last 30 years also benefits artists who have never left Asia.
Take for example the latest result for an ink drawing by artist Yu Feian (1888-1959) entitled Parrot (1945). Purchased in Hong Kong in 1990 for $11,400, the same drawing resold for 70 times that amount in the same city (Sotheby’s) on 2 April 2019 ($787,000).
Women in vogue
The Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama also, unsurprisingly, ranks among the most impressive price accretions in Q1. Today the most successful female artist on the global Art Market, with an auction turnover exceeding $100 million in 2018 (ahead of Louise Bourgeois and Joan Mitchell), Kusama has not always had this kind of success.
In 2000, the record auction price for one of her paintings was just $80,000, whereas her Interminable Net # 4 (1959) fetched close to $8 million on 1 April at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. In terms of revaluation, her sculpture Midsummer (1983), acquired for just $7,200 at Sotheby’s in London in 2000, resold for $428,000 at the same auctioneer 19 years later.
The prize for the most unexpected price jump in Q1 2019 must surely go to 17th century Flemish artist Michaelina Wautier. Long forgotten by art historians, Wautier was ‘rediscovered’ in 2018 with a first retrospective organized at the Museum aan de Stroom and at the Rubens House in Antwerp.
The renewed attention had a profound impact on the prices of her works and her canvas A garland of flowers (1652) reached $471,000 on 30 January 2019 at Sotheby’s in New York. In 1993, the strange bouquet with a hovering dragonfly sold for just $20,000.
As Q1’s global auction results show, the best financial performances come from all segments of the Art Market, and not just from its high-end or from Contemporary Art or from the American market…
Ledger and YouHodler SA Announce Strategic Partnership to Expand Ledger Live Services
How to Elevate Crypto Experience with Integrated Trading on Ledger Live
LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — YouHodler, a Swiss-based Web3 platform providing innovative fintech solutions that bridge fiat and crypto financial services, is pleased to announce a strategic partnership with Ledger, the global platform for digital assets and Web3. This collaboration is set to open new avenues for Ledger Live App’s users, providing them with seamless access to the dynamic world of cryptocurrency trading and investment.
The partnership between YouHodler and Ledger marks a significant step forward merging the strengths of two incredible technologies. Ledger Live users will now be able to leverage YouHodler’s cutting-edge platform to trade and participate in the thriving cryptocurrency market. This collaboration aims to provide Ledger Live users with a seamless and user-friendly experience, bridging the gap between financial services and the innovative world of digital assets.
“We are thrilled to take our partnership with Ledger to the next level by offering an upgraded integration into Ledger Live’s secure ecosystem,” said Ilya Volkov, CEO at YouHodler. “This enhancement aims to provide Ledger Live users with a frictionless pathway to explore and engage in cryptocurrency trading, empowering them to make the most of their digital assets directly within the Ledger Live ecosystem. As a token of appreciation, YouHodler is happy to provide an offer exclusively for Ledger users, enhancing your trading experience and maximizing the value of your digital assets.”
Ledger Live’s commitment to delivering secure and efficient digital asset management aligns perfectly with YouHodler’s vision of creating a seamless financial ecosystem for crypto users.
“Ledgers are the most secure way to self-custody your assets, which is more important than ever. Pairing your Ledger with Ledger Live provides an easy to use gateway to the world of digital assets, through a number of services made better with Ledger. YouHodler is now offering its advanced FinTech services through Ledger Live, expanding the range of possibilities for our users, allowing them to actively participate in the cryptocurrency market and explore new opportunities” said Jean-Francois Rochet, VP Consumer Services at Ledger.
As the crypto industry continues to evolve, collaborations like this one highlight the importance of building strategic partnerships to create a more secure, inclusive and user-friendly ecosystem. The YouHodler and Ledger Live partnership is set to redefine the landscape of digital asset management, offering a bridge between different financial services within the innovative world of blockchain and cryptocurrencies.
YouHodler is a Swiss-based Web3 platform providing innovative fintech solutions that bridge fiat and crypto financial services with simplicity, efficiency and transparency. It offers a comprehensive suite of offerings, including crypto-backed loans, crypto savings accounts, innovative crypto multiplication engines, and universal currency exchange. While user-friendly and intuitive for everyday consumers, the internationally licensed and regulated platform is also progressive enough to conduct advanced strategic trading in the crypto market. Using Web3 technology, YouHodler, unlike legacy banks, puts ownership of digitally unique assets in the hands of its users, which in turn has the potential to unlock income equality. For more information, please visit YouHodler.com.
Founded in Paris in 2014, LEDGER is a global platform for digital assets and Web3. Ledger is already the world leader in Critical Digital Asset security and utility. With more than 6M devices sold to consumers in 200 countries and 10+ languages, 100+ financial institutions and brands as customers, 20% of the world’s crypto assets are secured, plus services supporting trading, buying, spending, earning, and NFTs. LEDGER’s products include: Ledger Stax, Nano S Plus, Nano X hardware wallets, LEDGER Live companion app, and Ledger Enterprise. With its ease of use, LEDGER allows a user to begin investing in digital assets and ultimately, achieve financial freedom in a safe and stress-free environment.
Goldpac Debuts Innovative Software Platforms at Trustech Paris 2023
Fostering partnerships to better serve consumer payment needs
PARIS, Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — To tackle increasing demand for the mass customization of payment cards, Goldpac is introducing two innovative service platforms; a B2B and consumer online management portal, UMV; and DTS, a personalization bureau management system. Available also are a selection of payment solutions including self-service kiosks, desktop smart terminals and printers, SIM and superlative card finishings.
DTS (Data Task System) is a bureau-grade management solution designed for in-house, in-source, or remote applications. It is a highly secure and scalable platform which streamlines inter-department operations by coordinating data processing tasks, production, quality control, and shipping activities while addressing increasing demand for customized cards. The system helps to reduce production errors from non-automated workflows and enhances production lead times by removing inefficiencies. It allows organizations to gain deeper insights into production patterns and details. The system currently powers the world’s largest single-site personalization center with an annual output of over 400 million cards.
UMV offers issuers and distributors an extensive card gallery, smart design tools, comprehensive comparison of bank card benefits, and order processing automation to help accelerate the sales cycle. Automated tasks from the ordering platform reduces manual processing to improve accuracy of documentation and allows for faster, more efficient order handling. Consumers get a host of payment card related services helping them to choose and select the right card product and issuer for their needs. Furthermore, UMV is fully connected to DTS to enable the management of product life-cycles. It also opens up a new channel for customer acquisition for partnering banks.”
Visitors can also experience a complete self-service card issuance journey starting with the onboarding process on the multifaceted smart terminal (SST502). Convenient and feature rich, it integrates identification, document scanning, and numerous account administrative operations onto one device. Visitors can then approach the self-service kiosk (ACE301) to instantly issue the chosen payment card selected during onboarding.
A host of desktop card issuance solutions will also be showcased including the compact, all-in-one onboarding and card issuance printer (PIE001) with edge computing processing in collaboration with Marvel Digital AI. Visitors can realize their creativity with AI-driven image generation using the on-demand DIY card printer (DCE160).
Telecom SIM cards are also featured as the company makes its first rollout into the wider telecom industry.
Also showcased are captivating premium card effects, finishings, eco-friendly materials, LED, encrusted diamonds and more.
About Goldpac Group (03315.HK)
Goldpac Group provides products and solutions that addresses the financial industry’s diverse needs for secure, convenient, and easy-to-use payment solutions. These solutions cover user onboarding, personalization and payment device issuance systems, software, self-service kiosks, and desktop printers.
Its operations cover a wide range of businesses and sectors including financial services, telecommunications, social security, healthcare, transport, retail, mobile payment, identity, third-party payment platforms and other security services domains.
JENTIS raises €11m Series A to make universal data capture a reality
The funding round led by Bright Pixel Capital, joined by 3TS Capital Partners and Pragmatech Ventures, will fuel product development and accelerate market expansion.
VIENNA, Nov. 28, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — JENTIS, a leader in next-gen data capture technology, today announced that it raised €11 million in a Series A funding round led by Bright Pixel (former Sonae IM) and new co-investor 3TS Capital Partners, with participation by existing investor Pragmatech Ventures. JENTIS empowers businesses to own and control their web data capture independently of third parties. Its breakthrough technology enables radically improved data accuracy for business insights while complying with privacy regulations worldwide.
The funding round follows a year of high growth for JENTIS as businesses demand first-party data capture and data protection compliance. Its breakthrough server-side tracking technology that shifts website data collection from users’ browsers to a secure cloud has found rapid adoption by large European e-commerce retailers, among trusted brands in banking and finance, and at major digital publishers in the US and Central Europe.
JENTIS’ Data Capture Platform, positioned at the beginning of the data value chain, enhances data accuracy, availability, and compliance in real time. This positively impacts all upstream and downstream tools and platforms, including Customer Data Platforms (CDPs) and analytics platforms. Its broad compatibility enables quick implementation and cost-effective operation without changing existing technology setups. Customers report significant performance improvements, with data uplifts of up to 30%, data correction rates of up to 60%, and significantly faster web page load times.
In an era where data control and ownership are becoming increasingly vital, JENTIS empowers businesses to adapt seamlessly to this changing landscape, offering them a competitive edge in data management and strategy. This capability is crucial in the context of Google’s anticipated 2024 phase-out of third-party cookies.
The company was founded in 2020 by a team of data analytics and web tracking specialists around CEO Thomas Tauchner. The company opened its German office in 2022 and was named the Austrian Scaleup of the Year in Digital Transformation by Ernst & Young in 2023.
JENTIS will utilize the new investment to accelerate its geographic growth in key European and US markets and enhance its product development efforts, leading the way to realize universal data capture from all digital data sources – including web, mobile, and the Internet of Things – on one platform.
Thomas Tauchner, Founder and CEO, JENTIS, said: “We see first-party data capture rapidly gaining traction but marketers and advertisers are struggling to realize the full potential for their businesses. We developed our platform to make it easy for businesses to capture the highest web data quality while complying with data protection regulations. With this funding round, we are ready to accelerate our growth and bring our technology to new markets across the globe.”
Leonor de L’Hermite, Operating Partner, Bright Pixel Capital, said: “We are seeing the demand for accurate data rising across industries while availability has plummeted. JENTIS has developed an elegant and powerful solution to a complex problem and is positioned to be the first to achieve universal data capture at the beginning of the value chain. We are excited to be part of the journey to make it vastly easier for businesses to achieve data-driven growth while respecting their users’ privacy.”
“We are impressed by JENTIS’ breakthrough Data Capture Platform, which is defining a new, rapidly growing segment in the web infrastructure market. Clients from multiple verticals have realized significant increases in marketing and revenue results leveraging higher data quality, while taking back control over their customer data and ensuring compliance. We are thrilled to join forces and work alongside the JENTIS team as the Company scales.” added Sever Totia, 3TS Partner, who is also joining JENTIS’ board of directors.
Evgeny Sergeev, Founder and General Partner, Pragmatech, said: “We are excited to continue supporting JENTIS as they grow into a leading vendor in the first-party data capture and privacy compliance space. From their early days, when we first met, the company has grown exponentially, which clearly demonstrates a strong market demand and relevance of innovation made by JENTIS. With this new backing, the team under Thomas’s leadership is well-equipped to continue its global reach in key markets.”
For more information about JENTIS, please visit: https://jentis.com/en
JENTIS is an Austrian scale-up specializing in advanced server-side web tracking and data protection technologies. Its Data Capture Platform is an all-in-one tracking solution that provides enhanced data quality and data sovereignty to businesses while enabling compliance with GDPR and other global data protection regulations. JENTIS raised a seed funding round of €3 million in 2022 ahead of a €11 million Series A round in November 2023.
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