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The wealthy are borrowing billions against their art collections and lenders are reselling the debt – CNBC

The move to borrow against collections creates the risk of a leveraged boom and bust in the art market.

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More and more wealthy art collectors are cashing in on low interest rates to borrow against their Picassos and Basquiats, adding to risks of a leveraged boom and bust in the art market.
The Fine Art Group, an art advisory and finance firm, said loan requests surged by 30% in 2020 compared with 2019 as collectors sought to borrow against their collections to invest in more art or other businesses. Bank of America, a leading art lender, saw its art loan business surge 30% last year, while JPMorgan…

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