Ancient Human Remains, Horsehair Sconces and Basketball Hoops: ARTA Reveals the Top 10 Most Unique Items Shipped

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We’ve seen a significant increase in activity on our platform since art dealers, auction houses, designers, businesses and individuals alike are transferring more delicate items than ever before and want to ensure the process is seamless from pickup to delivery.

In the world of next-day shipping, some items still require extra TLC to send safely - for example, fine art, furniture, oversized and fragile objects that call for special handling and installation. Since ARTA, the contemporary logistics platform for shipping specialized items, is automating the shipping of these goods, the company has interesting insights into unusual items being sent around the world. Today, the company is unveiling the top 10 most interesting items shipped via its platform.

“We’ve seen a significant increase in activity on our platform since art dealers, auction houses, designers, businesses and individuals alike are transferring more delicate items than ever before and want to ensure the process is seamless from pickup to delivery,” said Adam Fields, Founder and CEO of ARTA. “With our innovative features, like ARTA Instant Quote that enables buyers and sellers to get immediate quotes, we are making it easier and also have an interesting purview into some of the most unique items that have needed extra shipping care.”

After a review of the recent items processed by ARTA, the company has compiled its Top 10 Most Unique Shipments:

#10. Bicycle: Sure, you may not care how the bicycle you’ve ridden for years is packed, so long as it gets to its final destination in one piece. However, when a bicycle is actually an incredibly valuable work of art by major contemporary artist Ai Wei Wei, and is being shipped to a museum, it requires specific handling, including being packed and crated by trained art handlers, as well as unpacked by art handlers on the receiving end. This type of shipment also requires a transit insurance policy that covers any damage in transit--a policy you may not care to purchase for an everyday bike.

#9. Medical equipment: Like other oversized, heavy items, medical equipment requires specialized packing and handling while in transit. ARTA recently coordinated a special shipment for medical equipment - including transporting via an air ride vehicle, providing a secure (no vibration) and climate controlled environment.

#8. Rare Roman coin

#7. 600+ stamp collection: A collector was moving his permanent residence from a house to a boat. As part of that move, he had to transport his treasured stamp collection to the boat, which was jetting off a florida coast at a specific time with a small delivery window. ARTA packed it with delicate handling, wrapping the collection in archival tissue wrap, while also ensuring it took up minimal space for storage on a boat.
#6. Taxidermied rabbit

#5. Basketball hoops: Part of an art installation shipped from the US to China. When shipping internationally, you are at the mercy of the airlines/shiplines for transport. These airlines/shiplines move so much freight of all types that they cannot take the time to care for fine art. As a result, ARTA packed, crated, documented, and marked this shipment in an effort to keep the pieces as safe as possible. ARTA also ensured the proper import licence was in place.

#4. Fake stuffed polar bear: A Paola Pivi bear (part of a famous and pricey art exhibition) was shipped to a private home, so it required trained installers for its very unique installation. The piece was suspended from the atrium of a collector’s home, replacing the existing chandelier. In addition, the bear’s fur is constructed of feathers, so its unique and sensitive materials required special packing and climate-controlled transportation to ensure they remained intact.

#3. Bird eggs and bird nest

#2. Horsehair sconces

#1. Ancient human remains for a museum exhibition: ARTA shipped these items internationally for a traveling museum exhibition, including to countries such as the US, Canada, and Australia. Because such fragile and valuable items crossed borders multiple times, ARTA handled a lot of paperwork required for customs according to each country’s protocols.

To-date, ARTA has managed shipments to and from nearly 60 countries, and has fulfilled over 30,000 items. For more information, visit

About ARTA
ARTA delivers a contemporary logistics platform for securely and efficiently shipping specialized items around the globe. Combining technology with deep industry expertise and international partnerships, ARTA automates the shipping of high-end goods, like fine art and design objects, while also managing the last mile to deliver superior customer service. With a single solution that safely, easily and cost effectively ships luxury items, ARTA removes logistics hurdles to help individuals and businesses optimize operations and drive more sales. For more information, visit

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