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Artprice: All Segments of the Art Market Are Gold Mines for Those Who Know How to Anticipate and Wait

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Paul Signac (1863-1935), Le Port au soleil couchant, Opus 236 (Saint-Tropez) (1892)
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According to Thierry Ehrmann, the founder and CEO of Artprice.com, “Our clients, with Artprice, can follow artworks from one appearance at auction to another, which give them insight into how collectors anticipate the Art Market and benefit from its long-term general evolution.

When we take a look at the first quarter of 2019, for instance, we see that a large number of Fine Art auction lots have proved the extraordinary profitability of Art as an investment over the last thirty years. Of these the most spectacular was probably David Hockney’s Henry Geldzahler and Christopher Scott (1969), which fetched the quarter’s best result at over $49 million on 6 March 2019 at Christie’s London. In November 1992, the same 2×3 metre canvas had sold for $1 million.”

The price evolution of Paul Signac’s Le Port au soleil couchant proves that the best financial returns are not reserved for Post-War and Contemporary artists.

The seascape’s three appearances at auction show a constant and extremely dynamic appreciation over nearly forty years, for a historical artist whose contribution to the History of Western Art has long been recognised:

  • 12 May 1980$490,000 (Sotheby’s New York)
  • 11 May 1993$1.8 million (Sotheby’s New York)
  • 27 February 2019$26 million (Christie’s London)

Basquiat still leading

The upside on works by Jean-Michel Basquiat has been somewhat less publicized over the first part of 2019… and yet the American prodigy generated three of the ten best gains in the first quarter. On 5 March 2019 at Sotheby’s London, his 1986 canvas Apex (painted two years before his death by drug overdose) reached $10.8 million, multiplying its value by no less than 370 times since its last auction in June 1988 when it sold for just $29,400.

A pencil drawing entitled Soothsayer (1983) proves that Basquiat’s success covers all of his production. Acquired for $32,900 in June 2002, this small work sold for $997,600 on 5 March 2019, representing an average annual return on investment of +22% over the last 17 years.

Similarly, his paper collage Untitled (1987) – sold during the same session at Sotheby’s in London – confirms a very clear trend:

  • on 25 March 1993 it fetched $26,700 (Christie’s London)
  • on 5 March 2019 it fetched $1,321,000 (Sotheby’s London)

We have seen this kind of price metamorphosis with lots of other artists as well. The Minimalist French artist, Daniel Buren (b. 1938) is today enjoying an extraordinary price ascension that is rewarding all the collectors who anticipated the power of his art a quarter of a century ago.

His canvas Peinture acrylique blanche sur tissu rayé blanc et rouge, purchased $3,500 in 1997 at Libert-Castor in Paris, fetched $357,500 at Phillips in London on 8 March 2019.

Likewise in Asia

Hong Kong’s recent prestige sales in the wake Art Basel Hong Kong generated a number of significant revaluations that benefit Asian collectors. The biggest rise in China during Q1 2019 came from a painting by Fengmian Lin (1900-1991) titled Wisteria. Twenty-seven years ago it sold for $15,000 at Sotheby’s in New York. Since 2 April 2019, it is now worth over $1.3 million.

The return to Hong Kong of great works by Chinese Modern artists, long traded on the Western marketplaces, can have a considerable impact on their value. But the development of the Hong Kong market over the last 30 years also benefits artists who have never left Asia.

Take for example the latest result for an ink drawing by artist Yu Feian (1888-1959) entitled Parrot (1945). Purchased in Hong Kong in 1990 for $11,400, the same drawing resold for 70 times that amount in the same city (Sotheby’s) on 2 April 2019 ($787,000).

Women in vogue

The Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama also, unsurprisingly, ranks among the most impressive price accretions in Q1. Today the most successful female artist on the global Art Market, with an auction turnover exceeding $100 million in 2018 (ahead of Louise Bourgeois and Joan Mitchell), Kusama has not always had this kind of success.

In 2000, the record auction price for one of her paintings was just $80,000, whereas her Interminable Net # 4 (1959) fetched close to $8 million on 1 April at Sotheby’s Hong Kong. In terms of revaluation, her sculpture Midsummer (1983), acquired for just $7,200 at Sotheby’s in London in 2000, resold for $428,000 at the same auctioneer 19 years later.

The prize for the most unexpected price jump in Q1 2019 must surely go to 17th century Flemish artist Michaelina Wautier. Long forgotten by art historians, Wautier was ‘rediscovered’ in 2018 with a first retrospective organized at the Museum aan de Stroom and at the Rubens House in Antwerp.

The renewed attention had a profound impact on the prices of her works and her canvas A garland of flowers (1652) reached $471,000 on 30 January 2019 at Sotheby’s in New York. In 1993, the strange bouquet with a hovering dragonfly sold for just $20,000.

As Q1’s global auction results show, the best financial performances come from all segments of the Art Market, and not just from its high-end or from Contemporary Art or from the American market…

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NASCO Partners with Several Healthcare Companies to Form a Consortium Focused on Delivering Breakthrough Technologies for the Healthcare Industry

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NASCO, a leading provider of healthcare technology solutions, announced today that it has partnered with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), Horizon Healthcare Services, Inc. and Express Scripts to form a consortium focused on delivering breakthrough technologies for the healthcare industry. The consortium, named Coalesce Health AllianceSM (Coalesce), is initially focused on evaluating the application of blockchain to improve the efficiency and accuracy of member healthcare data exchanges across entities within the Blues’ ecosystem.

Owned by and exclusively serving Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) health plans across the nation, NASCO fosters collaboration among BCBS plans to promote innovation, deliver shared solutions and create a competitive cost advantage. Coalesce views blockchain not only as a technology disruptor, but also as an enabler of business networks and collaborative information exchange. NASCO began working with its BCBS plan partners in 2018 to examine how blockchain could help transform its already strong collective business network into an efficient, real-time, secure, trustworthy ecosystem that would benefit all parties.

Coalesce has successfully executed an Alpha Pilot project to demonstrate a basic healthcare distributed accumulators blockchain solution in a cloud environment. The Alpha Pilot project addresses the challenges health plans experience in managing member accumulations — such as not being able to accurately identify members across entities, working with stale or incomplete data and running into inconsistent integration formats — to ultimately increase operational efficiencies and improve the member experience.

“As both a co-owner and customer of NASCO, we recognize the value of interoperability as a key pillar of our strategy,” said Bill Fandrich, Senior Vice President and CIO for BCBSM. “Our recent success leveraging blockchain, in partnership with several other Blue plans in the Coalesce Health Alliance, is one step in that journey.”

Interest in Coalesce has increased since the introduction of the Alpha Pilot project, as several other BCBS health plans, including HealthNow New York, Inc., are now participating in the consortium’s advisory groups to evaluate the potential business value for their health plans.

“We’re only at the beginning of our journey of testing traditional notions and transforming healthcare through innovative solutions,” said David Weeks, CTO for NASCO. “But we’re excited about the possibilities, and we’re grateful to be part of a consortium of partners who are imagining the future of healthcare with us.”

 

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Hyperblock Inc. Announces Delay of Annual Filings, Additions and Changes to Board of Directors, and Transition of Interim Chief Financial Officer

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HyperBlock Inc. (“HyperBlock” or the “Company“) (CSE: HYPR) announced today that, as a result of the Canadian Public Accountability Board December 2018 guidance document outlining its expectations for audits of companies that own cryptoassets and recommending standards to be adopted in the audit practices of those companies’ auditors, and following the recent resignation of the Company’s auditor, the Company will not be in a position to file its financial statements, management’s discussion and analysis and related officer certifications for the financial year ended December 31, 2018 (collectively, the “Annual Filings“) prior to the April 30, 2019 filing deadline under National Instrument 51-102 – Continuous Discloser Obligations and National Instrument 52-109 – Certification of Disclosure in Issuers Annual and Interim Filings.

The Company has appointed Manning Elliott LLP as its auditor and the audit of the Company’s Annual Filings is ongoing.  The Company anticipates that it will be in a position to finalize and issue its financial statements and related disclosures no later than June 30, 2019. The Company does not anticipate any delay in filing its interim financial statements, management’s discussion and analysis, and the related officer certifications for the financial period ended March 31, 2019.

The Company has submitted an application to the Ontario Securities Commission, as principal regulator for the Company, under National Policy 12-203 – Management Cease Trade Orders (“NP 12-203“) requesting that a management cease trade order be imposed in respect of this late filing rather than an issuer cease trade order. The issuance of a management cease trade order generally does not affect the ability of persons who have not been directors, officers or insiders of the Company to trade in their securities. In the event that the management cease trade order is granted, it will be in effect until the default is remedied.

The Company confirms that it intends to satisfy the provisions of the alternative information guidelines under NP 12-203 by issuing bi-weekly default status reports in the form of news releases for so long as it remains in default of its filing requirements.  The Company confirms as of the date of this news release that there is no insolvency proceeding against it and that there is no other material information relating to its affairs that has not been generally disclosed.

The Company also is pleased to announce today that Roozbeh Ebaddi, Chief Operating Officer, has joined the Company’s board of directors, subject to CSE approval.  Mr. Ebaddi was also Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder of CryptoGlobal and has a distinguished history in building technology companies. The Company also reports today that it has accepted the resignations of Eric So, Dayna Gibbs, and Tony Gaffney from the Company’s board of directors. The Company is thankful for their contributions to its development and wishes them the very best in their future endeavours. Inder Saini also stepped down as the Company’s Interim Chief Financial Officer, and the recruitment process for a permanent Chief Financial Officer is currently underway. During such recruitment process, Sean Walsh, the Company’s Chief Executive Officer, will act as the Company’s Interim Chief Financial Officer.

 

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Why Merging Cryptocurrency With Today’s Payment Platforms Should Generate Rising Revenue Streams

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A report by McKinsey & Company on global banking, projected that global payment market revenues are poised to approach $3 Trillion by 2023. As cryptocurrency payment platforms become more common… that number should rise… but the purveyors of traditional payment methods may have to get over their initial reluctance to this new disruptive technology… or they could miss the boat! A recent article in the Bitcoin Exchange Guide addressed this subject: “One of the longtime fears that the traditional financial world seems to have about cryptocurrency is its potential for overtaking payment systems. People who are comfortable with the archaic system do not want to see a broader market… However, as the technology behind cryptocurrency and blockchain finds more use cases, the disruption of the current payment system may not be far behind.  Active Companies in the industry include NetCents Technology Inc. (CSE:NC) (OTC:NTTCF), Xunlei Limited (NASDAQ: XNET),  PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL), Pareteum Corporation (NASDAQ: TEUM), Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT).

The report continued: “Lisa Ellis is an analyst with MoffettNathanson… (recently) stated that she believes that cryptocurrency’s global acceptance could change payment systems. To be clear, she does not believe that the big names like Visa, Mastercard and PayPal will be pushed aside anytime soon, but the…  idea of crypto replacing (the traditional standards) is worth exploring. Cryptocurrency has this unique quality of remaining independent of any specific country, and the way that it has jumped in as a saving grace to many countries suffering from hyperinflation is a reprieve.

NetCents Technology Inc. (CSE:NC) (OTCPK:NTTCF) (Frankfurt:26N) BREAKING NEWS:  NetCents Technology is pleased to announce that it has begun processing cryptocurrency transactions for its first charity partner, HS Aware.

NetCents is a strong believer about being able to invoke change. Change not only on its business side but more importantly throughout our communities with initiatives that positively impact people’s lives. On March 7th, the Company launched its Charity Impact Initiative and we are proud to announce our first charity partnership with HS Aware.

NetCents is providing all registered charities and non-profits free cryptocurrency processing. Any charity that signs up through this initiative is able to accept donations and sell their merchandise and tickets with zero processing fees.  Interested charities can visit  https://net-cents.com/partners#partners-form to learn more and sign up.

“HS Aware is excited to remain an innovator in the non-profit space by now accepting cryptocurrency donations to fund our future initiatives and events,” stated Maria Goguen, President of HS Aware. “We’ve had a lot of interest to begin accepting donations in crypto to further support the HS community and now through this partnership, we are able to. We are thankful for any and all support members of the community want to give.”

HS Aware regularly lobbies and liaisons with the government and medical organizations, hosts events bringing awareness and support to HS (Hidradenitis Suppurativa), and provides an open and safe space for HS patients to discuss living with HS. Founded in Canada, HS Aware is the largest Canadian community and has increased its footprint globally as one of the largest non-profits in the world representing HS with a community of over 15,000 active supporters worldwide.   Read this and more news for NetCents at:  https://www.financialnewsmedia.com/news-nc/    

Other recent developments in the tech industry include:

Xunlei Limited (NASDAQ: XNET) a leading innovator in shared cloud computing and blockchain technology in China, recently announced that the Company has cooperated with the Copyright Protection Center of China (“CPCC”) to build a blockchain-powered digital copyright identifier (“DCI”) system. CPCC, established in 1998, is the national copyright public service institution supervised directly by the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (National Copyright Administration of China). CPCC has a DCI system, which plays a significant role in the core infrastructure of the national internet copyright public services.

Riot Blockchain, Inc. (NASDAQ: RIOT) recently announced the filing of its 2018 Annual Report on Form 10-K, which can be viewed on the Company’s website or at SEC.govHighlights extracted from the December 31, 2018 annual consolidated financial statements (all amounts as of, or for the year ended, December 31, 2018) include:  Generated approximately $7.7 million in revenue on the production of 1,081 Bitcoins (including Bitcoin Cash as converted) and 3,023 Litecoins for the year. The Company established steady-state mining of cryptocurrencies at our approximately 8,000-miner facility in Oklahoma City commencing in June, 2018 – Positive gross margin of 33% before depreciation, amortization and impairment, despite a decline in the average price of Bitcoin throughout the year – Cash and digital currencies totaled $1.6 million – No long-term debt – Net loss attributable to Riot Blockchain of approximately $58 million. The net loss was largely attributable to the noncash aggregate impairments, depreciation, amortization, and stock-based compensation expenses of approximately $45.2 million – 13,403,846 weighted average number of common shares outstanding

Pareteum Corporation (NASDAQ: TEUM) a rapidly growing global cloud software communications platform company with a mission to connect every person and every(thing)™, announced that it will report first quarter 2019 financial results after the market close on Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Management will host a conference call and webcast to discuss the Company’s financial results at 4:30 pm EDT.  Conference Call Information:

Date:  May 7, 2019
Time:  4:30 PM EDT
Domestic Dial-in Number: 1- 800-263-0877
International Dial-in Number: 1- 646-828-8143 
U.K. Toll Free:  0800 358 6377

PayPal Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ: PYPL) and Cambridge Blockchain, Inc. a digital identity enterprise software provider, announced today that PayPal has joined its Series A funding round. With this investment, the two companies will explore potential collaborations to leverage blockchain technology.

“Our service helps streamline digital identity compliance while giving customers control over their identity data,” said Matthew Commons, Cambridge Blockchain’s CEO. “We are honored by PayPal’s vote of confidence, and we look forward to their support and guidance.”

DISCLAIMER: FN Media Group LLC (FNM), which owns and operates FinancialNewsMedia.com and MarketNewsUpdates.com, is a third party publisher and news dissemination service provider, which disseminates electronic information through multiple online media channels.  FNM is NOT affiliated in any manner with any company mentioned herein.  FNM and its affiliated companies are a news dissemination solutions provider and are NOT a registered broker/dealer/analyst/adviser, holds no investment licenses and may NOT sell, offer to sell or offer to buy any security.  FNM’s market updates, news alerts and corporate profiles are NOT a solicitation or recommendation to buy, sell or hold securities.  The material in this release is intended to be strictly informational and is NEVER to be construed or interpreted as research material.  All readers are strongly urged to perform research and due diligence on their own and consult =a licensed financial professional before considering any level of investing in stocks.  All material included herein is republished content and details which were previously disseminated by the companies mentioned in this release.  FNM is not liable for any investment decisions by its readers or subscribers.  Investors are cautioned that they may lose all or a portion of their investment when investing in stocks.  For current services performed FNM has been compensated forty nine hundred dollars for news coverage of the current press releases issued by NetCents Technology Inc. by a non-affiliated third party.  FNM HOLDS NO SHARES OF ANY COMPANY NAMED IN THIS RELEASE.

This release contains “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended and such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the safe harbor provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. “Forward-looking statements” describe future expectations, plans, results, or strategies and are generally preceded by words such as “may”, “future”, “plan” or “planned”, “will” or “should”, “expected,” “anticipates”, “draft”, “eventually” or “projected”. You are cautioned that such statements are subject to a multitude of risks and uncertainties that could cause future circumstances, events, or results to differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements, including the risks that actual results may differ materially from those projected in the forward-looking statements as a result of various factors, and other risks identified in a company’s annual report on Form 10-K or 10-KSB and other filings made by such company with the Securities and Exchange Commission. You should consider these factors in evaluating the forward-looking statements included herein, and not place undue reliance on such statements. The forward-looking statements in this release are made as of the date hereof and FNM undertakes no obligation to update such statements.

 

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