New York, New York (PRWEB) August 20, 2010
In 2007, Matteo Patisso, a NY entrepreneur, acquired the complete art collection created by world-renowned architect, sculptor and painter Brett-Livingstone Strong, whom the late Michael Jackson called the "modern day Michelangelo". Purchasing this art collection, once appraised by the Bank of New York for more than $100,000,000, was seen by Matteo as a once-in-a-lifetime investment opportunity. The collection includes 560 signed serigraphs of a high-end autographed collectible called "The Book" (the only portrait Michael Jackson personally sat for during his lifetime), many of Strong's original paintings, thousands of beautiful limited edition lithographs and several sculptures as well as the reproduction rights of Strong's artwork.
In 1998, Strong pledged his collection to the Bank of NY in order to secure a $36,000,000 line of credit for The City of Angels project. That "City within a City" was to include a 176' tall Angel of Freedom monument, planned to be the west coast's equivalent of the Statue of Liberty - but 26' taller. Unfortunately, the project did not come to fruition at that time. In 2007, Matteo saw a golden and rare opportunity for his company, Liquid Brick, to acquire the collection from GMAC (Bank of NY's assignee). The City of Angels project was Strong's plan to create "The Greatest Art Show on Earth"- the creation of the largest bronze statue in view of the general public. The sculpting of the 25' face of the Angel alone, modeled after the late Princess Diana, would have been such a huge artistic undertaking, that Strong knew it would have inspired anyone to envision the scale and sheer magnitude of the finished monument. Already, two artists in CA, commissioned by Matteo, have written a poem and a song in preparation for its announcement.
"I acquired the art collection from GMAC primarily for its intrinsic value but also to provide the artist's new investors an opportunity to acquire it and obtain financing to begin the construction of the 25' face of the Angel in Central Park, NYC", explains Matteo. "By giving the artist a second chance at building his visionary monument, something he is now achieving, he would have greatly influenced and inspired NY, CA, America and then [ideally] the rest of the world." "The timing is impeccable" he adds, "A project like this can not only create many thousands of jobs, it can ignite a renaissance".
Matteo also envisioned how this artist's patriotic monuments, created in the 80's for President Ronald Reagan could influence America's constitutionally-founded future with planned philanthropic projects as the Spirit of Freedom Tour (http://www.spiritoffreedomtour.org).
Matteo explained," when Strong was prolific and at the peak of his career, this artist would command at least $5,000 for one limited edition lithograph and as much as $150,000 for an original painting however "The Book" sold for $2,100,000. Unlocking the value of this collection via auction houses, corporate sales, global collectors, or partnering with candidates in the non-for-profit sector to help them raise funds for worthwhile causes, should prove to be exciting and rewarding for participants".
Currently, Strong's full time focus is dedicated again to the realization of the "Statue of Freedom" in CA - essentially engineering his comeback - his legacy. As a result, he is no longer creating any abstracts, portraits, paintings or signing new limited edition prints thereby freezing his supply and preserving the value of his work. If you would like more information on Brett-Livingston Strong and his collection, or to purchase any of Strong's work, call (516) 578-3456 or visit, http://www.thebookportrait.com, or http://www.fineartinvestors.com.
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