Know Your Title is a service that provides pre-sale risk assessment and advice through comprehensive research and analysis on an object’s provenance, chain of title, and parties involved in an art transaction.

Know Your Title

Know Your Title is a service that provides pre-sale risk assessment and advice through comprehensive research and analysis on an object’s provenance, chain of title, and parties involved in an art transaction.

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Due to increasingly complex transactions and sale agreements, performing thorough due diligence has become even more critical to prevent future financial loss. ARIS works closely with clients to identify and provide risk analysis that best fits their research needs, from pre-sale preparation to completion of a deal. This service is designed to help clients make informed decisions during art acquisitions, allowing our clients to be stewards of great collections of art for generations to come.

Coverage Highlights

Research Areas

  • PROVENANCE
    Object-based research involving investigations into the object’s details and provenance. This involves verifying the artist, date, and country of origin, and researching past auctions and sales, exhibitions, published historical literature, authentication, export and import history, and theft.
  • TITLE
    Research involving not only investigations on the current seller or prior owners in the provenance, but also other third parties who may bear on legal ownership risk. This includes state UCC records, financial history, legal case history, tax liens, death and divorce records, criminal arrests, creditor claims, and any other liens or encumbrances.
  • TRANSACTION
    Thorough research on the individuals and entities involved in a deal to provide a holistic view of an anticipated transaction.

Risk Assessment & Analysis

  • Risk level will be independently assigned by ARIS based on the overall inherent risks identified on the object and transaction in question.
  • Clients will be provided key findings that justify the risk level assigned, plus a summary of the major risks identified.

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