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AGOPIAN inc. / art advisory

AGOPIAN inc. is a bespoke art advisory firm that helps seasoned and new collectors build art collections of Post-War and Contemporary Art.  We offer our private, corporate, estate and nonprofit global clients market savvy and wide-ranging expertise in buying, selling and collecting art from an independent standpoint, as well as appraisals, estate planning guidance and collection management services.

Capitalizing on its founder's 25 year plus expertise, our clients receive independent market advice and exclusive access to the highest caliber artwork.  We meet each client's needs strategically, seamlessly and discretely.

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Collection Development 

  • creates a personalized advisory experience for each client focused on Post-War to Emerging Contemporary Art.

  • provides independent guidance & strategic advice on collection development and identity for new & seasoned collectors.

  • works with private collectors, as well as corporate and nonprofit clients

  • undertakes a comprehensive assessment of the collection and reviews annually to ensure short & long-term collection goals are consistently met

  • advises on building a comprehensive art collection or  identifies one specific work

  • offers concise secondary and primary market research and analysis

  • coordinates gallery visits, artist studio visits & art fairs worldwide 

Buying & Selling

  • offers prime access to the most sought after works of art.

  • offers exceptional artwork from primary & secondary galleries, dealers, artists, auctions and direct from private collections 

  • provides objective advice on buying & selling works of art as we are not constrained by allegiance to any auction house or gallery.

  • provides concise listings of available works at galleries, art fairs and auction offerings worldwide. 

  • provides targeted primary and secondary market research analysis

  • negotiates with dealers & auctions to secure the most favorable financial terms for private acquisition and for when selling

  • can bid in worldwide auction on behalf of collectors

  • negotiates the sale of an entire collection, estate or a singular work, independently guiding on the appropriate venue, estimates, and all financial negotiations, whether selling through auction or private channels to maximize financial return.  From start to finish, we advocate and oversee the entire process.

Collection Management & Appraisal Services

  • oversees curation and installation of collection, including rotation and storage.

  • ​manages all logistics for the collection such as conservation, framing, shipping, art warehouse storage, art insurance options, and building an art library.

  • provides appraisals for replacement value for insurance purposes, estate planning purposes, and for fair market value appraisals compliant to USPAP (Uniform Standards of Professional Appraisal Practice) standards.

  • identifies and facilitates museum exhibition loans at institutions worldwide.

  • provides second opinions on existing appraisals.

  • offers discrete advice regarding flexible financial solutions for loans against art collections and assists in securing various options

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Aileen Agopian, founder and principal of AGOPIAN inc., has spent over 25 years operating at the highest level of the fine art market as a key figure in the Contemporary Art world.  Aileen is an executive member of the Association of Professional Art Advisors.

Before establishing her art advisory in 2016, Aileen had an acclaimed auction career at Sotheby's as the International Senior Vice-President & Specialist of Contemporary Art based in New York and she was also the co-head of their Contemporary Sales in Doha, Qatar. At Sotheby's she was integral in the acquisition of Andy Warhol's Liz #3, 1963 for $32million in November 2014, which became the catalyst in the donation of 42 contemporary works of art with a combined value of $500million by the Edlis Neeson collection to the Art Institute of Chicago; the Institute's largest historical gift. Prior to this role, for 10 years she was the North American Director of Contemporary Art Auctions at Phillips Auction House in New York.  At both auction houses, she worked closely with private clients, their advisors as well as foundations on negotiating high-value, top caliber consignments, winning the business through  aggressive and unique financial proposals often involving financing through guarantee packages, as well as art lending components.  She furthermore worked with high priority clients worldwide, strategically courting them to bid and acquire top works for their collections

As an accomplished auctioneer, Aileen conducted auctions for Sotheby's & Phillips, and continues to conduct charity auctions worldwide for various organizations and also participates in numerous panel discussions and lectures related to the global art market, most recently as a guest lecturer at the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Aileen is an art advisory board member for the Coalition for the Homeless since 2010 as well as a board member of The Feminist Institute, the first significant online archive for the study of Feminist documentation since 2016. She was formerly on the board of the Children's Museum of the Arts NY for 6 years, seeing its new building come to fruition.

Aileen began her career as the sales director at White Cube Gallery based in London and worked with artists such as Damien Hirst and Tracey Emin. She graduated from Tufts University Cum Laude with a BA in Art History and French Literature and completed her Master's Degree with Honors in Post-War & Contemporary Art at Sotheby's Institute London.

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Charity Auctioneer


As an accomplished auctioneer at Phillips and Sotheby's, Aileen continues to conduct charity auction worldwide for numerous arts, education and charitable organizations.  Her philanthropic efforts have helped raise over $75 million for worthy charitable organizations such as:

Alzheimer's Association, amFAR Gala Cannes, AMREF Health Africa, The Andrea Bocelli Foundation L.A., American-Italian Cancer Foundation, Armitage Gone Dance Foundation, Barnard University, A Broader Way, Center For Hearing and Communication NY, Children's Museum of the Arts New York, Children's Cancer & Blood Foundation, Children of Armenia Fund, Coalition for the Homeless New York  ARTWALK, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Free Arts NY, Friends Seminary School, The Hearing Health Foundation, Horace Mann School, Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, Jamm Contemporary in Kuwait, Joyful Heart Foundation, The Kitchen NY, Lebanese American University Beirut, Light Industry Benefit, Lycee Francais de New York, Madison Square Park Conservancy, Magic of Persia Los Angeles, Museum of Art and Design MADBALL, New York Academy of Arts Tribeca Ball, PEN America, Pequeno Principe Hospital Brazil, Performa, Pioneer Works, Read Ahead, Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture, Solving Kids Cancer, Social and Economic Action for Lebanon, The Aga Khan Foundation, The School for American Ballet NY, Trevor Day School, Tusk/African Community & Conservation, Wings World Quest, 

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