Art Equity Fund I

Annualized return3


60 months

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Art market dynamics
Artist track record
Availability of works
Diversified offering
Insurance and possession
Third party assessments
Experience the art
  • Presently, at more than one and a half years since the onset of a global pandemic, the art market has begun to make a strong recovery. The recent Frieze week sales in London, which are anchored around the acclaimed Frieze Art Fair, signaled a return to pre-Covid bidding energy within live salerooms. Christie’s and Sotheby’s, the two biggest global auction houses, had combined contemporary art evening sales during this week that generated $202M including buyer’s premium and overhead premium, 30% above their combined pre-sale estimates, and 20% above their combined sales in October 2019, the last ‘Frieze Week’ sales prior to the global shutdown.

  • Post-War and Contemporary Art was identified as the largest sector of the fine art auction market in 2020 by the Art Basel & UBS 2021 Art Market Report, with a share of 55% (up 2% in share year-on-year). According to Athena’s proprietary database, Haring, Condo and Scharf have experienced respective average compound annual growth rates of 14.3%, 36.1%, and 29.4% since 2015.

  • Eight out of the nine works in the initial pool have never been previously sold at auction and are thus largely unknown to the market. The Haring was sold at auction in 2004, but has not since been offered publicly for sale. The exclusivity of the works included in the portfolio is expected to make them highly demanded by astute art investors when offered at exit.

  • The Fund offers exposure to a pool of blue-chip, mid-career and emerging artists. Increased diversity should reduce concentration risk for investors relative to investing in a single artwork. \ \ Art prices are believed to have low correlation with the S&P 500 (between 0.0 and 0.2). This perceived low correlation suggests that the movement in the price of art is independent from the movements of the S&P 500.

  • At all times, the artworks will be insured by a wall-to-wall fine art insurance policy providing coverage up to the fair market value for the total collateral pool. The insurance policy names the Fund as the Insured and Loss Payee. The Fund will also have a master insurance policy which will be in-line with market fine art policies and will consist of coverage against damage, terrorism, etc. ​​ \ \ Yieldstreet and Athena will maintain possession and control of all artworks at all times.

  • Prior to purchasing the works, two highly reputable, USPAP-certified third-party appraisers were engaged to provide fair market value appraisals of the works. Additionally a conservator was engaged to evaluate the condition of all works before they were purchased.

  • Investing in physical artworks has been a prominent wealth-creation strategy for ultra-high net worth investors for decades as they search for potentially higher returns outside of the stock market, and for the exclusivity of owning a one-of-a-kind, original creation. While most don't have the financial means or connections to own an original Warhol, Basquiat or Lichtenstein artwork outright, Yieldstreet now makes access to these artworks possible with as little as $10K.

  • Not only is Yieldstreet providing a way to invest in fine art, but we also plan to offer unique and exciting ways for investors to experience the art, including private curated showings made exclusively available to them.


Please refer to the Private Placement Memorandum in the Docs section for more details about this offering.

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Returns & Management fees

Ann'l management fee


Target ann'l net return


Investor share of excess profits


Incentive fee



Payment schedule

Event based


Target term

5 years

Target liquidity event

Year 3

Extension options

Two, 1-year


Tax document


Offering structure



Ann'l flat expense



Investing in private markets and alternatives, such as this offering, is speculative and involves a risk of loss, and those investors who cannot afford to lose their entire investment should not invest. Returns are not guaranteed.


This offering page describes only certain aspects of the offering ("Offering") of the securities issued by YS AEF I LLC ("Fund"). The Offering is made only by means of the Private Placement Memorandum dated November 12, 2021 relating to the Offering (the "PPM"). The information on this offering page is a summary of the Offering, does not purport to be complete and should not be considered a part of the PPM, or as incorporated in the PPM by reference or as forming the basis of the Offering. No person has been authorized to give any information or to make any representations other than those contained in the PPM or in any marketing or sales literature issued by the Fund or Yieldstreet Management, LLC, as adviser thereto, and referred to in the PPM, and, if given or made, such information or representations must not be relied upon. All investors must read the PPM in its entirety prior to investing in the securities.

Investing in private markets and alternatives, such as this offering, is speculative and involves a risk of loss, and those investors who cannot afford to lose their entire investment should not invest. Returns are not guaranteed.