VAN HAM Art Estate

Our Experts for Your Art

The Department

Having a competent partner is indispensible to the managament and marketing of artists' estates. By establishing VAN HAM Art Estate, VAN HAM offers a comprehensive service that draws on our years of experience in the art market and our commitment to traditional, scholarly engagement with art.

Why do some artists fall into oblivion after their death? In many cases, the artist's heirs and subsequent generations lack the knowledge of how to adequately preserve the legacy of the deceased artist. Indeed, this process requires specialized knowledge of the art market, the proper handling of art and its conservation, collaboration with museums and galleries, as well as professional contact with news sources and regular publications.

The proper management of an artist's estate depends on the artist's public presence, as well as her/his reputation and relative importance on the art market. The neglect of these factors can allow an artist to easily be forgotten. Normally, it is difficult for heirs to manage all of these diverse and time-consuming requirements. Such management demands experts with the appropriate knowledge and skillset, in addition to connections to a well-developed network of curators, conservators, gallerists, and journalists.

The care and preservation of the estate is also often twinned with the desire to sell certain works. In this regard, it is important that an artist maintains not simply a presence on the market. He or she must also remain memorable. Again, here, well-organized estate management is essential. although the need for skilled administra-tion of artists' estates continues to grow, there were no large and significant service providers. VAN HAM is now meeting this demand with the founding of VAN HAM Art Estate.

As a fine art auction house, VAN HAM has many advantages: a dominant market position; a high level of expertise; a prominent media presence; several publications; its own department of public relations; a modern website; and extensive logistic services and storage facilities. The key skills of VAN HAM Art Estate stem from its decades of experience as an auction house: evaluations, condition reports, and marketing.

Through its use of the software program HIDA designed to archive museum collections and bequests, VAN HAM Art Estate is connected to the Cologne Museums association. Foto Marburg and the Volkswagen Foundation developed the software.

To the VAN HAM Art Estate Website

Dr. Renate Goldmann (Director)

+49 221 92 58 62 500

"Thank you very much for this latest success story. Then the concept and the approach as a whole have turned out to be exactly right. Thank you for your support and congratulations on today's (renewed) success."

- Patrick M., Germany

Philipp Lines Lange (Project Manager)

+49 221 92 58 62 502

"I am impressed, as well by the looks, the contenu and the general quality. The setting, fotos and literature are really outstanding … Also my objects: I am very happy with the way they are presented. Thank you very much for handling this so well."

- Marc C., Belgien

Clemens Scheuermann, geb. Klöckner (Project Manager)

+49 221 92 58 62 505

"On Friday, thanks to the invitation of your house, I had the opportunity to see the vernissage here in Berlin. It was really overwhelming - I would not have thought that so many masterpieces are still on the market at all."

- Margret K., Berlin

Melanie Rams (Project Assistance)

+49 221 92 58 62 504

Elisa Dorin (Social Media & Public Relations)

+49 221 92 58 62 111

"Very professional and helpful, thank you very much."

- Matthias H., Germany


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