April 20, 2022

[Ep. 325] What to Know Before Investing in Canadian Fine Art with Rob Cowley

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We’re going to see a lot of changes in the art world that are going to carry forward beyond the pandemic.
– Rob Cowley, President, and Co-Founder of Cowley Abbot


This season on the podcast we’ve been exploring alternative ways to invest your money and in this episode, we’re diving into the Canadian art world. To help navigate how to invest in art is Rob Cowley, a Canadian Art Specialist and the President and Co-Founder of Cowley Abbott

Rob Cowley is a Canadian Art Specialist who first started as a clerk at an auction house in Toronto in 2000. In 2013, Rob and his coworker Lydia Abbott set out on their own and founded the auction house, Cowley Abbott. Cowley Abbott bridges the gap between traditional art auction services and the online fine art marketplace. Cowley Abbott’s live and online auctions have included headline-grabbing and record-setting works while providing Canadians with the expertise they need when it comes to purchasing art.

In this episode, Rob shares how the pandemic caused a boom in the Canadian fine art market. He also answers my many questions about how this sort of investment works in terms of depreciation and the other costs involved in buying art. Rob also gives a great explanation about what exactly NFTs are and how they protect and benefit digital artists.
This episode is full of great insider knowledge on the art world and how its become more accessible to newbie art investors, which is great news for anyone looking into alternative investments!

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