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  1. I suspect the changes will mostly affect auctions and cause people to be a little more thoughtful on pulling the trigger on any high-end pieces where they'd need to sell art to finance it. It'll have to be must-own stuff, as opposed to nice-to-haves. On the flip side, trading I'd expect to increase, especially three-party trades where someone wins an auctions only for the purpose of trading it to someone else in a prearranged deal.
  2. I'm sorry if I bummed anyone out by starting this thread:( I certainly wasn't trying to... I was simply hoping to understand the changes to the tax law and make sure I don't shoot myself in the foot. Upgrading and trading are how I built my collection over the last 20 years and the last thing I want to do is accidentally stick myself with a costly tax bill because I swapped one piece for another without realizing the repercussions:(
  3. This is a very helpful tidbit! But it reminds me of another aspect of claiming a collectible as an investment - isn't there a stipulation that says in order to claim it as an investment you must be willing to sell it? I seem to recall a caveat that if you squat on a collectible indefinitely (and refuse to sell it even when profitable offers are made) that you are a collector, not an investor. Theoretically at least, it seems like if you're a black hole and never sell, then you couldn't claim art as easily as an investment. "Triggering a realization event" is a great phrase:) This goes back to my original concern - the ability to upgrade a piece or chase a grail that ends up on Heritage where trading is not an option and you are forced to include a cash step. But your point about the paperwork is spot on (and somewhat hysterical) - I can't imagine most folks ever did that! So as far as life in the trenches, maybe nothing has changed if you didn't file the paperwork in the first place? There are lots of things that are terrible tax policy, but I don't think we're allowed to opt out because we don't agree with them There are a lot of stupid and unfair things in the tax policy that don't match up from one side of the room to the other. The whole idea that like-kind exchanges applied to real estate and livestock is laser-focused and seems specifically lobbied for by those folks. Part of the argument against it applying to collectibles seemed to be that real estate and cows helped encourage commerce, whereas collectibles do not (which is absurd when you consider how many people Heritage employs). That same argument seemed to be why they don't allow offsetting losses. Yet gambling does. You can go drop $10k in losses at a casino one night, then use that to offset $10k in gains the next night. So gambling is somehow something that helps the economy, but art collecting doesn't? Silly. In fact, I even talked to a friend yesterday asking whether one could argue that art collecting itself is a form of gambling:) Certainly seems as addictive... Please ask and post as I'm sure your accountant is much better than my accountant:)
  4. The concern was much more about when cash is involved; for instance winning a piece on Heritage and then needing to sell things to pay for it.
  5. I was recently Googling around about the tax implications of selling a costly piece of art to finance another one, and was surprised to discover that as part of the 2017 tax changes there was a provision that stopped allowing collectibles to utilize the 1031 Like-Kind Exchange law to trade art for art. https://www.forbes.com/sites/forbesfinancecouncil/2018/06/04/the-art-of-the-tax-free-exchange/ As I understand it, this is how collectibles(artwork) are now meant to be taxed: - You pay taxes on any profits from your base price, even if you are trading it for another item of equal value. Example: I buy a piece of art for $100 and keep it for a decade. Its value rises to $1000. I trade it for another piece of art by the same artist from the same book that is also worth $1000. Even though this is an exchange of two pieces of equal value, I am now expected to pay taxes on that $900 in gains. This is in addition to what already existed: - Collectibles do not have the benefit of long term capital gains, but are instead taxed at 28%. (UPDATED: Taxed at up to 28%, depending on your tax bracket.) - You cannot declare losses against collectibles, but must pay taxes on profits. (UPDATED: It sounds like valuable artwork may be classified as a capital asset, in which case you can offset losses.) Example: I bought two pieces of art for $1000 each. Piece A dropped to a value of $1, while piece B rose to a value of $1999. Together they are still worth the $2000 originally spent, but if I sold them both, I'd be expected to claim none of the losses on the piece dropping $999 in value, while I would be expected to pay 28% taxes on the $999 in gains, meaning my $2000 sale would only net me $1720. So first off, am I reading all of this correctly? Are there any tax folks in the crowd that can confirm this is accurate? And if so, what the heck does everyone do now that you can't sell art to offset new purchases without incurring tax liabilities? Are they no longer selling art? Are they only doing private trades? Are folks declaring themselves dealers and marking art as investments? This seems like a huge change to the hobby that will stifle art swaps and upgrades. The extreme example would be winning something off Heritage for $20k and then needing to sell $26k in art to cover the tax liability. (And if you sent Heritage the art to sell, this means you'd need a final price over $30k to offset Heritage premiums and taxes.) Any thoughts? -j (NOTE: I updated this post based on comments below so as not to accidentally lead anyone astray if they didn't keep reading. Also, please remember this is a chat board and not a forum of tax professionals, so take it all with a grain of salt.)
  6. Three nice pages from Linda Medley's Eisner-winning series Castle Waiting are listed on Heritage's Sunday Auction this week. All 3 pages are from Volume 2 of the series and come with prelims. All pages are signed by Linda. As a fan of the art form, these are very unique pages since Linda would overdraw the panel, then digitally add panel borders and crop them. This means the originals have more art than actually appeared in the published book! Very unique. If anyone's been after a page, here's your chance to get one:) https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/linda-medley-castle-waiting-v2-7-panel-page-and-preliminary-original-art-with-printed-image-total-3-/a/121909-11166.s https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/linda-medley-castle-waiting-v2-7-panel-page-and-preliminary-original-art-fantagraphics-200-total-2-/a/121909-11167.s https://comics.ha.com/itm/original-comic-art/linda-medley-castle-waiting-v2-7-panel-page-and-preliminary-original-art-fantagraphics-200-total-2-/a/121909-11168.s
  7. Quick other thoughts - 1) We could name the awards the Lowrys 2) remove owner names so people vote based on art, not owner 3) save historical results 4) items that win the vote get a flag on the art similar to when art is featured on the site
  8. Thanks everyone for your thoughts! I appreciate it! Sounds like we're all generally on the same page. Hopefully Heritage is willing to listen:) -j
  9. It’s original art that comes along with a color guide. I could post the art, but this was meant more as a general question and not specific to one auction/example. Based on your comment it sounds like you’d approach each piece on its own merits? If that’s how most people view Heritage that would answer my question and make me confident that it would be given a fair shot. My concern is whether there are others who won’t even look at anything with the word production in it. -j
  10. Howdy gang, While the whole 'production art' topic has been beaten to death with regards to eBay, I'm curious if people's attitudes extend to places like Heritage? I gave them a piece for an upcoming auction and they are insisting on using the word 'production' in the title, which to me is a huge red flag that will scare bidders away, thereby ensuring a lower hammer. The attitude from Heritage is that they have never heard a complaint about this term and see no reason to change it. So what are peoples thoughts? Does the word 'production' scare you off on Heritage as well? Or are people more forgiving with Heritage and it's only eBay that gets people's ire? -j
  11. Doc' Ferret here, happily looking for more Mark Bright Iron Man art! And Bright Iron Man covers from 200-230s! Ping me if you got em!
  12. I won it. Today is my birthday and I really like Mark Bright Iron Man art:) It’s not easy to find great examples. The only thing in the entire auction I targeted.
  13. Anyone got a Mouse Guard Fall piece they'd consider selling? If so, ping me:)
  14. Linda Medley's glorious Eisner-winning series Castle Waiting has been going strong for more than 20 years, a tale about the castle sleeping beauty abandoned when she ran off with the prince, and the people who now live there. Linda recently opened the vaults and sold a couple of complete chapters of original art off to fans to split amongst themselves. A couple of us bought Volume 2, Chapter 8, a very Chess-heavy story and picked out some of our favorite pages. The remaining ones we're offering up to everyone else:) Linda's later work is very unique in comics - she draws bigger than she needs. You'll notice on all the below pages there are no panel borders; she add them later as she crops and shifts things around on the page.When you compare to the printed page you'll often see the original contains lots of extra art! Additionally, all of these pages come along with the full pencil prelim she drew! All the below pages are $150/each. IM me for info. Page 8: Page 9: Page 12 Page 13: Page 14: Page 16: Page 17: Page: 18: Page 19:
  15. I don't think this is quite so cut and dried. I'm very much in agreement with MichaelDouglas that there are far fewer A pages than people think. And oftentimes it's about the content more than costumes or action. The KJ page with Joker shooting Barbara has no costumes in it and the Joker is wearing a Hawaiian shirt. Another example would be the Punisher 10 cover by Whilce, an iconic and memorable A-level cover, but it's of the Punisher's back. Take Art Adams' 3 issue run on Fantastic Four 347-349. Excluding covers, I would argue there are only 4 A-level pages, 1 B+ page, and then 33 in the B/B- range. The B pages would mostly fall into the description of 'costumes, action, etc', but they're also all roughly interchangeable, and whether you get this B piece or that B piece, the merits are splitting hairs. But those handful of A-level pieces stand out so much, that if you gave 100 people first pick of the art, the vast majority would take those 4 pieces. My view has always been that there are A-level pieces for every artist, every book, every title, etc. - but that they are few and far between and not always worth anything. There are absolutely A-level pieces from Quasar and Ravage 2099 and Darkhawk, but they aren't in the same financial world as A-level pages from DKR. At the end of the day, it's a stew made up of a variety of factors, each of which can weigh strongly in different cases. In one case it's weighed by the title, in another the artist, or another the impact. There may be 10 factors we could combine to create a complex algorithm of page quality, but there would always be unexpected exceptions and times where that horrible title and bad artist and weak character somehow churn out an A-level piece, or when an amazing artist on a great book with iconic characters somehow has nothing but B pages.