2020 has been a transformative year for the global art market. The COVID-19 pandemic in the first quarter of 2020 hit the art market hard with art fair cancellations, gallery closures, and public auction delays. Through Q2, however, the major auction houses, namely Christie’s, Sotheby’s and Phillips, quickly pivoted and shifted their traditional public, in-person spring sales events to online formats. This transformation was highly successful, with all three auction houses posting strong results. The private segment also saw robust sales throughout the spring and summer.
Much of the demand through Q3 stemmed from serious art collectors’ migration from cities to large suburban and rural homes that were then furnished amid state mandated stay-at-home orders. As such, art valuations in the blue-chip part of the market, where Athena Art Finance focuses, held up well. This is supported by recent third-party annual reappraisals coming in generally at or slightly above last year’s valuations.
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Since its inception, the Post-War and Contemporary Art Portfolio II has performed as expected, even in light of a slight COVID-19 related modification in April, and has matured on 10/1/20. Pending normal processing time of a few weeks after the stated maturity date, we expect this investment to fully repay principal and interest to its target yield of 10.25% at maturity.
The Post-War and Pop Art Portfolio has performed as expected since its launch, however, the maturity date of the loan is being extended one month from 9/30/20 to 10/30/20. Monthly interest was paid on 10/1/20 and this loan is still expected to achieve its targeted yield of 10% to investors.
The Impressionist and Modern Art Portfolio is performing as expected. We expect this investment to continue to make monthly interest payments to investors at the stated target yield, 10.25%, until the target maturity of 2/1/21.
Since its inception, the Diversified Art Portfolio I has performed as expected. This portfolio’s composition is expected to change over time with paydowns of current loans and the possible addition of new loans. Loans D, H and K have paid back in full. The current outstanding loans and balances can be found below:
We expect this investment to continue to make monthly interest payments at the stated target yield of 9% in addition to event-based principal payments.
While the future is difficult to predict in these unprecedented times, it appears that rare and coveted blue-chip artworks fared relatively well through the current COVID-19 period. We now await the fall’s public auction and private sales season to see if this market trend will continue through year-end.
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