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Once Lost Portrait of Jesus Saw a Roughly 4,490,900% Price Appreciation (How Do Christians Invest In High-Priced Art?)

In 2005, New York art dealers Robert Simon and Alex Parrish bought the painting, Salvator De Mundi by Leonardo Da Vinci, for $10,000. And in 2017, a rich patron eventually bought it for more than $450,000,000. This makes the portrait of Jesus the most expensive artwork ever to be sold. It’s seen a price appreciation of over approximately 4,490,900% in just 12 years. This may seem impossible, but all things are possible with God. 

What if you could invest in art as well? There are a few reasons why it could be a good asset for financially educated Christians.  

  • Contemporary art prices outpaced  S&P 500 returns by 174% (1995-2020).

  • Contemporary art appreciates 23.2% on average when inflation is at least 3%.

  • Low correlation, on average, to public equities over the past two decades, according to Citi.

  • Part of an estimated $1.7 trillion asset class that is expected to grow 58% in just 5 years, according to Deloitte.

  • WSJ recently called art “among the hottest markets on earth.” 

Unfortunately, most people think you have to be ultra-rich to afford an expensive painting or  invest in them. But members using the didn’t need to pay the huge $100,000,000 price tag to invest in one of these assets. 

What is the $1 Billion Masterworks.io Platform?

by Harvard, Stanford, and Columbia alumni that allows everyday investors to invest in blue-chip (contemporary) art for a fraction of the cost of buying an entire artwork.  That’s because, in 2012, the JOBS Act allowed famous artworks to be purchased by investors as individual shares representing an investment in artworks, among other alternative assets. So Masterworks.io gives investors the opportunity to invest in art from famous artists, such as Banksy, Basquiat, and Warhol, piece by piece, for as little as $20…

And the platform allows everyday investors access to the same types of paintings collected by wealthy collectors like Jeff Bezos, Bill Gates, and Eric Schmidt. 

With 312,234 users and counting, the has become popular. It’s a way to invest in famous artworks without spending millions of dollars outright. 

Why This Alternative Asset In Recent Times? 

According to Citi, in the first 7 months of 2020, art has outpaced certain other asset classes such as equities, cash, real estate, commodities, and even private equity during the pandemic. 

That’s because art generally has a low average correlation to the stock market, BBC explained, so blue-chip (contemporary) art prices don’t necessarily follow the direction of equity market moves.

And during periods of high inflation of 3.0% or higher, blue-chip (contemporary) art has outpaced other asset classes such as REITs, equities in the S&P 500, and gold. 

So for investors who wish to diversify into an inflation-resistant alternative asset, there’s

Investors can choose to invest in artworks from artists like Pablo Picasso, Zao Wou-Ki, and Gerhard Richter on the platform. 

However, once certain goals are reached for each artwork, investors won’t have a chance to invest anymore. Recently, a sold out in less than three hours on the Masterworks.io platform.

How Does Masterworks.io Platform Work?

In 2017, CEO Scott Lynn aimed to democratize the art market by securitizing the first painting, Andy Warhol’s ‘1 Colored Marilyn (Reversal Series). 

He said “That light bulb kind of turned on four years ago, and it just occurred to me that this is probably the largest asset class that’s never been securitized.”

With a track record of 20 years of building successful companies, Scott Lynn created Masterworks. It’s currently the biggest company providing direct access to multimillion-dollar works of art by artists like Picasso, Monet, and Basquiat. 

This is how it works: 

  1. The Masterworks.io research team analyzes over 60,000 data points across 70+ years to discover which types of work have the potential to exhibit price appreciation. 

  2. Masterworks.io purchases and securitizes the artwork, and then makes it available to investors on the

  3. You can list your investments in the artworks to other users on the platform. 

  4. You can also hold onto your investments in the artwork and participate in the distribution when Masterworks sells it.

Price Appreciation From Famous Artworks

enables investors to receive price appreciation from paintings by famous artists such as Picasso, Monet, and Banksy listed on the platform. 

In 2020, Masterworks’ investors saw a 32% annualized appreciation, from the sale of their Banksy painting “Mona Lisa”, net of fees. 

And in 2021, investors are set to receive a 31% annualized appreciation from the sale of their George Condo painting “Staring Into Space”, net of fees. 

That’s why Kevin O’Leary from Shark Tank tweeted: “ANYBODY can invest in art by names like Banksy, and I love what they’re (Masterworks) doing.” 

How to buy the “billionaire asset” with just a few clicks?

You only need to follow three steps to get started:


2) Enter your contact information and answer some questions.

3) An art investment representative will contact you and help you.

Or call 203-518-5172 (9 am - 6 pm EST Monday through Friday) to learn more about the asset class, go over your financial goals, risk tolerance, and other considerations with an art investment representative.

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