On September 1st, 2006, a share of Apple stock cost $9.78.
Ten years later to the day, an Apple share was valued at $106.14. a percentage increase of 985%.
While backing Apple was obviously a savvy move (and kudos if you did), purchasing a 20th-century Belgian painting of an apple by René Magritte would have been an even savvier one.
In the past ten years, 20th-century Belgian works have increased in value by 1,148%, one of the many art genres (20th century Spanish paintings, post-war art) that have outperformed the stock market during that time span, according to Art Market Research Developments and ArtPrice.com.
American pop art has proved to be another worthwhile investment: its value has increased nine times faster than the S&P 500 index over the past decade, with works by Andy Warhol selling for a cumulative $3.38 billion at auction in the past 10 years.
Warhold once said, “Good business is the best art.”
Seems the best art is also good business.
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