Founding Date

Masterworks is the first and leading firm for buying and trading shares in multi-million dollar, blue-chip artworks. The leader in the art investing world, Masterworks allows the everyday investor to make fine art a part of their diversified portfolio. Since its launch in 2017, the platform has become the most successful fractional art investing platform and the first company to enable investors to buy and trade shares in multi-million-dollar masterpieces created by world renowned artists. Masterworks is the only platform that lets you invest in multi-million dollar works of art by artists like Basquiat, Picasso, Banksy, and more. By strategically purchasing investment-grade works of art, Masterworks is democratizing the art world by making high-end art investment accessible to everyone.


  • In 2017, Masterworks has disrupted the art investment landscape by offering fractional art investment opportunities for ordinary investors.

  • The platform acquires pieces of art, turns them into securities through public filings with the SEC, and then presents them as products to investors through its platform

  • The platform securitizes blue-chip artworks between $1-20 million per painting, and sells shares to over 200,000 investors.

  • Masterworks has been covered by major media publications such as The New York Times, CNBC, The Wall Street Journal, and the Financial Times, and was recently recognized as one of the Top 50 Startups in the US by LinkedIn.


  • Masterworks selects the artists. 

Their research team uses their proprietary data to determine which artist markets have the  most momentum.

  • Masterworks purchases the art. 

Their acquisitions team locates what they believe is a good piece, at a fair price, and they purchase the work.

  • Masterworks securitizes the artwork. 

They file an offering circular with the Securities and Exchange Commission allowing anyone to invest.

  • Masterworks hold the artwork 3‑10 yrs. 

Wait until they sell the painting to receive your pro rata proceeds, after their fees.

  • Sell your shares on the trading market. 

You have the option to seek to sell your shares on their trading market.

  • Their private sales team sells the painting. 

Operating out of a separate gallery space, their private sales team interfaces with the top collectors in the art market to sell works directly to them.