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GURR JOHNS APPOINTS ALESSANDRO FIOROTTO AS MANAGING DIRECTOR OF ART FINANCE

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As we continue to invest in the business and adapt to the demands of our clients, we are delighted to welcome Alessandro Fiorotto to Gurr Johns where he will lead our international Art Finance business.

Alessandro brings a wealth of experience in art finance and investment. He has advised on over $3bn worth of international transactions, including cross-border corporate acquisitions and portfolio & fund management, deploying and structuring complex debt and equity investments. Alessandro joins us from The Fine Art Group where he was appointed CFO. Previously Alessandro worked at XXIII Capital, and prior to that for Citigroup and PricewaterhouseCoopers. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce in Philosophy, Politics, Economics from The University of Cape Town, and an MsC in Politics & Economics from University College London (UCL).

Alessandro will be based in London from where he will direct the Art Finance business internationally.

BEN CLARK
Deputy CEO, Gurr Johns

CHRISTOPHER GAILLARD QUOTED IN THE ARTNET INTELLIGENCE REPORT

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Christopher Gaillard, Deputy Chairman of Gurr Johns, was quoted in the Fall 2020 edition of Artnet’s Intelligence Report which was published on 16 September.

Christopher is quoted on the value which exists in art by female artists and artists of colour (p.6), the market for works by Jean-Michel Basquiat (p.16) and the market for Impressionist and Modern art (p.21).

Read the full report here.

A REVIEW OF THE MARKET FOR WATCHES

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Sonia Fazlali-Zadeh, specialist for Jewels and Watches at Gurr Johns, reports on the Watch market looking at both modern and vintage models.

London’s largest public watch show will be held again the 26th and 27th March 2021 at Grosvenor House, Mayfair offering all things watch related from on-site insurance valuations, accessories and repairs to the opportunity to source and buy exquisite and rare watches. For any watch enthusiast it will also offer the chance to get more insight into shifting trends and new products as well as reflect on what has been achieved over the past year.

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THE ART MARKET IN THE TIME OF COVID-19

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It is unsurprising that amidst the turmoil of the COVID-19 pandemic, the first few months of the year saw the art market largely grind to a halt. TEFAF Maastricht, the first major art fair of the year, took place in early March by which time northern Italy was already in crisis mode; with a much reduced attendance, the fair was cut short after an exhibitor tested positive for the virus. Fast forward a few months, and the art world is adapting to the new normal; museums and galleries have begun to open with appointment bookings and masks the norm, while the auction calendar has filled up once again, albeit with  a focus on online sales. So what does this mean for the value of art and antiques? Read More

A NEW NORMAL: LIVE-STREAMED FROM SOTHEBY’S

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Last night the art market had its first major public test since the lockdown with a major ‘Evening auction’ session at Sotheby’s. This was certainly not a return to business as usual; viewing was by appointment, there were no glitzy receptions, and there was not even a saleroom filled with paddle-wielding bidders: instead, Oliver Barker, Sotheby’s European Chairman, stood on a rostrum in London for over four hours and conducted a livestream auction with staff manning phones in front of him, as well as in salerooms in New York and Hong Kong, and with clients also bidding directly online. It is often said that auctioneering is the second oldest profession; and while last night’s innovative event was a futuristic, slick-looking operation, the fundamentals were very much the same; supply, demand, a sense of occasion – and guarantees.

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UPDATE: COVID-19

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In support of the global effort to contain COVID-19, and for the safety and well-being of our staff, collectors, and visitors, Gurr Johns is operating on core business basis. Until further notice, clients are welcome by appointment only. We wish everyone good health and safety, and we look forward to being in touch ahead.