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Our recommendation for this week: Art as an Investment? A Survey of Comparative Assets by Melanie Gerlis, a must-read book that collects an insightful and measured survey exploring the nature of the art commodity. “Aimed at collectors and investors, this user-friendly guide explains art’s value as an asset through comparisons with more familiar investments, including property, shares and gold. It draws on extensive research and interviews with key players in these other markets, as well as the author’s own experience, to clarify the specifics of art as an asset class. This timely book considers the growing importance attributed to art as an investment, testing the validity of claims about art’s capacity to generate returns that outweigh its risks.” (2014, Lund Humphries)