The world’s leading retailers are proud to offer these extraordinary pieces of model art, including MR PORTER and the SKP store in Beijing. Ralph Lauren commissioned 1:8 models of the 17 most important cars in his collection, that were displayed at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris in 2011 during the exhibition ‘The Art of the Automobile: Masterpieces from the Ralph Lauren Collection’. These models, and now a collection at 1:18 scale, continue to be available to buy at the flagship Ralph Lauren stores worldwide. Watchmaker Richard Mille commissioned several 1:5 scale models of cars from his collection, which contains some of the rarest and most significant vintage race cars.
Despite its relatively short term as the Soviet Union’s main battle rifle, this has not diminished the SKS rifle’s presence on the global market as an increasingly sought-after firearm that is both highly collectible and investible. There are in fact numerous reasons for this. The most readily apparent is the historical aspect. There is of course the SKS rifle’s iconic status as a classic WWII and Cold War era firearm of the Soviet Union. There is also its extensive use by other countries across numerous conflicts throughout history, including the Chinese Civil War and the Vietnam War. To this day, the SKS remains in active, secondary, and ceremonial use across the world.
Ever wanted to have a car dealership as a kid? Maybe you desired an exotic car collection but couldn’t afford it? Well, this is your lucky day! All over North America and the world at large, adults of many ages relive their childhood memories through their beloved childhood toy cars and truck, paying handsomely for specific models. Surprisingly, some of these toys aren’t even that old, but then again, neither are adults who seek them. Seriously, there are toy car dealers who make good money buying, selling, and trading these vehicles. If you think that’s crazy, we got news for you – toy car repair shops exist as well! So when your kids get back from their 4×4 off-road trip with a busted tire, you know where to go. Just don’t forget insurance.
Thomas says: “The toughest part of my career was to build that confidence step by step and on both sides: funding partners and art clients. It was like a wall of bricks. Brick by brick, loan by loan, I got better.”
“If you are on the art side, it is necessary to get involved in the art market. I know a lot of big galleries that look for staff. People who know how to run an art market business are candidates in high demand that these big galleries want to hire.”
Thomas González has always had a passion for art. So today, he arranges art loans and has committed himself to the art loan business. He has developed a trusted cadre of financial partners, responsible for successfully brokering art loans above one hundred million Euros.
We at World Art News have had the pleasure of interviewing Thomas in a two-part series to discover his secrets to running a successful art loans business.
Transparent art funds that embrace technology, lawful conduct, and the scientific method to do business are what is needed. It must be understood that clients expect to multiply their capital legally, timely and responsibly, which is a much larger responsibility than just selling art to the highest bidder. Without a doubt, art funds are responsible for leading the market instead of just reacting to it. Reasonable, thought through regulations that help all market participants equally generate wealth, create transparency, freedom, and accountability must be promoted. Leaders of art funds must understand this and hold themselves to a higher standard than everyone else.
I’m a big fan of gold in all of its beautiful forms, from bullion and coins to jewelry and antiques. Then again, who isn’t? However, in my experience, as the president of the Tamoikin Art Fund and the founder of the Soviet Jewelry project, ancient gold or as I like to call it “ancient aurum” is one of the best assets to own. Why so?
How Professor Mikhail Tamoikin Survived Kidnapping and Torture in Ukraine, then a Mob Hit in Lithuania
In August of 2015 Mikhail Tamoikin was kidnapped at gunpoint in the center of Kiev, chained and dragged into a car, taken to a boat, where he was beaten and tortured. Miraculously he managed to escape by jumping into the river and swimming for 12 km to safety. After calling the local police, Mikhail quickly learned that the corrupt Ukrainian government officials and “on the take” law enforcement officers were responsible for his kidnapping. Prof. Tamoikin managed to barely get out of Ukraine, moving to Lithuania, but that did not stop this international criminal candidate. Just two months later a second attempt on his life took place. An unmarked car with a masked driver intentionally hit Mikhail in Vilnius city, and when he survived that, these criminals, dressed as policemen, tried to finish the job.
Art and terrorism seem to be worlds apart, however what most people perceive as heritage and culture – criminal organizations see as cold hard cash. Cash that is hard to trace and very easy to move undetected through the borders of any country. Authorities worldwide must weak up and treat this as a major security threat!
Currently, you can purchase Soviet gold jewelry for as low as $200-$600 per item (still within the young investors budget) or as high as $1000-$4000. This practice is something more art investors are doing now. These assets can double, triple, or quadruple in value in a very short window of time.