After selling his company and making a substantial fortune, an advisor's client wanted to decorate his new home with art that would grow in value. His advisor had no idea how to develop a collection of investment-grade art, but brought in Artvest Partners, a New York-based firm that provides guidance to private collectors, investors, family offices, institutions and financial advisors.

"They were at a loss," says Artvest co-founder Michael Plummer. The advisor was financially savvy, but ignorant about the art market. "He came to us because he wanted to spend his [client's] money wisely."

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