Investors to be offered ‘shares’ in Picasso painting
Sygnum joined forces with Artemundi, a fund specializing in art investments, to offer the shares in Picasso’s 1964 work “Fillette au Beret.”
“This marks the first time the ownership rights in a Picasso, or any artwork, are being broadcast onto the public blockchain by a regulated bank, enabling investors to purchase and trade ‘shares’ in the artwork called Art Security Tokens [ASTs],” Sygnum said.
The value of the work, which measures 65 by 54 centimeters (29 by 24 inches), is estimated at four million Swiss francs (3.6 million euros, $4.2 million), the Zurich bank said in a statement.
As on stock exchanges, investors will be able to buy and sell shares in the painting on a secondary market through blockchain technology.
ASTs will go on sale for a minimum subscription of 5,000 Swiss francs, Sygnum said, stressing that it is regulated by Switzerland’s financial market watchdog FINMA.
The work itself will be stored in a highly secure location, Sygnum said.
“Tokenization lowers the barriers to art investment and opens up the art market to a broad range of new investors,” Sygnum’s director general and co-founder Mathias Imbach said in the statement.
In 2019, FINMA gave Sygnum permission to operate as a bank, making it one of the world’s first crypto-banks.