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Art Auctions

Here at the Lyons Gallery, we specialise in art auctions, selling limited edition prints artwork for collectors and investors. Our artists and photographers range from emerging to established and Blue Chip – and our gallery hosts installations in our beautiful landmark building to display art in new and exciting ways.

The Lyons Gallery is a unique space, featuring photography from all over the world – fine art, contemporary and pop art. We pride ourselves on collecting the most prestigious and collectable photographs from distinguished artists – and as our founder is Darren Lyons, we know what constitutes an outstanding photographer. Mr Lyons has won countless awards in his time as a photographer capturing war-torn countries to celebrities and then owning Britain’s largest celebrity photo syndicate Big Pictures.

The photographs we display may be available for private sale or could be sold in an art auction, depending on the consignment.

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What Art Can We Expect at a Fine Art Auction?

The art in Lyons Gallery is displayed in constantly changing installations. We create these to inspire our visitors and provide information and details about the photographer and their art. We use audio and video, lighting, and other methods to create an immersive experience that suits the high-end artwork we have.

Our fine art auctions may include artists in different stages of their career. There are four designations used for photographers – and each level will command different prices for pieces. The first is ‘Emerging’ – a photographer at this level is usually building a reputation and may have just finished art college. A ‘Mid-Career’ artist is someone who has been creating work over several years and has already received recognition both nationally and internationally. An ‘Established’ artist is at a mature career stage and has received advanced achievements including being known on an international stage. The most well-known and recognised artists are ‘Blue Chip’ artists – these are household names and considered investment-grade art – and usually has a price tag to match.

Art has always held value, and even in uncertain times can be relied upon to be worth investing in – which is why our fine art auctions are a great place to find new art to invest in. The artists to look out for, especially if you are just starting a collection with a limited budget, are the emerging photographers.

Photographers that we feature may be at any level of their career and understanding how to decide on what art to invest in is something that our staff are qualified to advise on.

Got Art to Sell at Fine Art Auctions? Contact Us Today

Here at Lyons Gallery, we are always interested in receiving art on consignment that has been created by our featured artists. If you want to sell your art at auction and you have a piece that is by one of our chosen artists, you can take advantage of the opportunity to display it at our gallery and entice buyers.

To sell your art at auction with us, begin by getting in contact with our team and our experienced staff will assess your piece and let you know whether we would be interested in accepting it. If you are successful in commissioning us to sell your art, we will share it with existing and novel clients in varying ways – and then produce it at auction, if that is how you wish to sell.

Whether you are looking to buy or sell at an art auction, you can rely on the experts at the Lyons Gallery to help. Contact us today to find out more.

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Why invest in Art?

The international art market is a marketplace of traders in various arts. It is a predominantly offline industry, yet online sales have been increasing in recent years.

According to a 2019 Statista survey, 65 percent of art collectors and 81 percent of art professionals bought art not with a collecting purpose but rather from an investment perspective.

Enjoy up to 100% Tax deduction on Art

Now is the best time to invest in art so you can take full advantage of a 100% tax deduction on the purchase of artworks for your business.

For small businesses with a turnover of less than 10 million, art purchases for your business can entitle you to a 100% tax deduction allowance to spend up to $30,000 (per item). The $30,000 limit is the maximum tax deduction for any single purchase but you can make as many purchases up to that amount as you like.

Art is an effective edge against inflation

In periods of rising inflation, art continues to do well throughout different market sectors. In fact, according to the Deloitte Luxembourg & ArtTactic Art & Finance Report, 73% of wealth managers have said their clients wanted to include art and other collectible assets in their wealth reports, in order to have a consolidated view of their wealth.

True enough, the returns you get from an art investment is significantly better especially with rising prices in the economy.

Historical returns

The compound annual growth rate of Sotheby's Mei Moses Index between 1950 and 2018 was 8.8%.

Since the 50’s, the art market has grown gradually and pertinently, with extremely low dependence on other asset classes. It has even grown during the worst economic downturns of our times – reducing most other investment classes to smithereens.

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Art is an emotional investment

For many years, art has been used to promote therapy. It sets the tone for living spaces and creates an ambiance of serenity and relaxation wherever it is displayed. Investing in a piece of art may not yield an income as it’s a capital growth orientated investment but your dividend is the complete satisfaction of owning your own piece of art and living with it hanging in your home.

Who doesn’t love putting prized possessions in the spotlight, as a focal point in a room and a novel conversation starter? Fine art purchases are also some of the most likely pieces to be collected for social purposes in your personal space.

Art diversifies your assets

The global art market is, by and large, completely uncorrelated to the world’s major stock markets. This means investors can use art investment as an excellent portfolio diversification tool in times of economic uncertainty.

As per Deloitte’s Art Finance & Finance Report, some banks today are already offering art investment fund products to their clients. 43% of art professionals also stated that art investment funds were relevant service for their clients.

You might not be rubbing shoulders with the world’s greatest artists right now, but if you aspire to collect, then art can be a gateway, not only to becoming a custodian of culture in this country but to being a law-abiding taxpayer who is trading incredible art for tax breaks!

Art sets the tone & enhances your business

Displaying art within your business is a fantastic and instantaneous way to improve your space. Artwork inspires employees and greatly enhances the work environment. It influences your corporate image and speaks volumes about your business.

Art is an integral part of business presentation and operation for many of our clients.

We have delivered art to countless offices and workplaces over the years and have seen, first hand, the dramatic change that well-selected artworks can have on the work environment and the people that spend so much time there.


Art is becoming increasingly popular as an investment asset and so much so that people are now investing in art more than wine, according to the wealth report by real estate firm Douglas Elliman.

The average value of art sold at auction rose by a significant 21% within a twelve-month period. Compare this to other luxury assets such as investment-grade wine which took second place with 11%, followed by watches at 5%, coins and jewellery at 4%, cars at 2 % and stamps at 1%.

Placing your wealth in the art market for the long term for high-value artworks can be comparable to investing in real estate or luxury items, where value increases over time. This means that when you find the right piece of artwork, you become the owner of a tangible asset which, unlike some other investments such as stocks and shares, will always have a residual value.

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why investing with Lyons gallery?

As a high-end Fine Art Photography gallery, Lyons Gallery specializes in celebrity photography from the most prestigious and collected photographers & contemporary artists in the world.

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Choosing the Right Art Gallery

Depending on your art of choice, finding the right gallery who can give you a well-curated range of original artworks or limited edition pieces of your preferred style or artist is crucial.

If you’re looking for original and limited edition prints ranging from modern art photography, urban art, pop art, and pop culture, Lyons Gallery Australasia may just be the right fit for you.




Upon the submission of your details with one of our expert advisors, they will be in touch with you to inform you about the current art market and help you navigate what opportunities are present. Knowledge of your existing investment portfolio, experience in art investment, budget, and risk propensity will allow our advisors to provide you with invaluable guidance tailored to you.


Portfolio Management

Your Lyons Gallery consultant will recommend a bespoke selection of pieces that are most likely to complement your existing investment profile and help you reach your investment goals.

They will also keep you abreast with market news and performance.


Delivery or Storage

Once you’ve started putting together your art portfolio, you can decide to either have the art pieces hung at home or consigned to one of our specialist suppliers.

The Lyons Gallery will plan accordingly.


Return on Investment

Your Lyons Gallery advisor will contact you when the market trends, demand for the artist, and recent sales of similar works make for an optimum timing to sell your artwork.

The Lyons Gallery Art will then promote the work at the agreed price.

ARE YOU READY TO INVEST IN ART? Here is what you need to know

According to, the global art market was valued at almost 64 billion U.S. dollars in 2017, with the volume of global art sales reaching approximately 39 million transactions.

For art buyers and investors, art investment can lead to great returns when done the right way.

Having a good grasp of factors that influence the art market and having the information you need about the artwork itself is crucial to making a solid art investment that you can enjoy for many years to come.

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Invest in Art that is uniquely representative to the artist

Art is all-encompassing and one way for artists to stand out is by creating original pieces of work that define their style and represent who they are. One way to make sure you make a good investment is by focusing on artworks that truly represent the artist. This ensures you get the highest rate of return for your investment while making sure you can enjoy a striking piece that people can identify.

Do your research firsthand

Research helps you invest smartly. More than the artwork itself, it is crucial to arm yourself with information about the artists’ background, their art style, and how these types of work are currently perceived in the art market, and whether or not there are artists with a style or works similar to theirs.

This information will eventually impact the valuation of your chosen artwork, which brings us to our next point.

Get to know your curator

Art curators are there for a reason — more than influencing the art you see displayed in galleries and museums, they are armed with the knowledge and the history on the art itself that is beneficial to art buyers looking to make the right choice.

They can help art buyers make informed decisions by giving art buyers as much background information as they can about the artist and the art itself.

Let Lyons Gallery help you find the best investment in your budget. Enquiry today and a Lyons Gallery consultant will be in touch.


Frequently Asked Questions

Novel art investors are increasingly entering the art world shouldered by art advisory services. This gives them access to important art investment research, portfolio management, the monitoring, structuring and selection of art funds as well as art securitization.

Essentially, art investment follows a simple four-step course:

• Consultation with Art Experts

• Portfolio Management

• Stage or Delivery

• Return on investment

Like any other asset, art value can both depreciate and appreciate. It is consoling that the art market has grown consistently over the past 60 years, this even during the worst economic downturns of our times.

The art market categorises artwork by emerging, established and blue-chip artists. While the latter reaches for seven figure sums, the percentages in return can be smaller than that of emerging and established artists.

Since art is a heterogeneous product, it can lose value depending on judgements by art experts related to areas such as rarity, importance and provenance.

Therefore doing research and consulting with art experts to gain insider knowledge are imperative.

1. Has Capital growth potential

2. Is a fully backed asset

3. Diversifies the investment portfolio

4. Hedges against inflation

5. Brings Satisfaction of ownership

These are just five reasons that make of art a good investment.

An artist’s prestige, fame as well as their role in the history of art movement influences the value of art greatly. Then, the artwork in question, its date of creation, size, medium, subject matter, restoration, tears, history of ownership, emotional appeal, features in popular galleries and rarity all play to determine its value.

Unlike other markets, the art market is deprived of a valuation methodology only. It is only lightly regulated and subject to the influence of insider knowledge. Hence, paintings amass value with changing intrinsic tastes. For instance, religious works are not in vogue. Yet historical figures have maintained its value. Therefore investment research and art advisory services are fundamental.

The art market is unregulated, contrary to many other areas of investment. However, there are some factors that mould the market. These include:

• Gallery representation, art fairs and solo exhibitions

• Auction results

• Corporate endorsement

• Lack of availability of work

• Press, books and journals

In 2018, art sales totalled to $67.4 billion globally. At Lyons Gallery, the average percentage profit by our clients stands at 22%.

Since art is heterogeneous, it can lose value depending on an art expert’s judgement. Rarity, importance and provenance play a great role here. Thus, research and consultation prior to purchase to gain insider knowledge are primordial.

Art prints surely do not come with a high price tag. Yet, the rarer the print, the more it is valuable - especially if it has a small number of limited editions. The art market has a dynamic pace of the art market. But the Lyons Gallery ensures you are well informed.

Once only exclusive to famous celebrities like Oprah, Elton John and Steven Spielberg, high-end art has become more accessible to various social strata. With emerging art pieces being sold for as little as $3500, investment enthusiasts are including more and more art in their investment portfolio. Deloitte’s Art Finance & Finance Report reveals that some banks are even offering art investment fund products.

There is nothing like an original art piece. After all, it is one-of-a-kind and rare. And whilst they bear the highest prices, they also have the most headroom for payoffs. An art investor looking at long-term gain will greatly benefit from investing in original art.

Reportedly, millennials are the most likely generation to view art as a financial asset. A 2018 U.S. Trust Insights on Wealth and Worth survey, projects millennials as being partially responsible for art flipping - the phenomenon of buying art pieces with the hopes of quickly reselling them. Motivated by passion, a desire for fulfilment and sheer aesthetic appreciation, art has also become an important element of the average millennial’s personal branding.

Dissimilar to other generations, millennials have a greater taste for contemporary art – this because of their lower financial capacity. Alongside eco-friendly works inspired from recycling or composed of sustainable materials, combined elements of digital and performance art, millennials buy works of emerging artists and demographic minorities such as female or African American artists.