Art collecting has always been a source of joy and satisfaction for many people, from the rich to the not-so-rich. Until relatively recently, however, collecting art was not thought of as a primary means for investing. In recent times works of art have been more and more reliable as a haven for funds, rewarding the collector with larger and larger profits on the resale at auction of the collected objects.
For instance, in a recent sale at Christie’s in New York, over $325 million in sales was realized, the second highest total sales at a contemporary art auction since the Second World War.
In the antiquities marketplace, especially in the realm of ancient art, this fact is even truer. Considering that there is a limited amount of ancient art, (no one is producing any more of it) items are therefore rare and in demand, and demand continues to grow.