Joanne Jermyn

By Joanne Jermyn
Private Client Account Executive


Private Client Insurance -


In a world where passion meets investment, high-value collectibles such as classic cars, fine art, and exquisite jewelry hold a special place in the hearts of enthusiasts and investors alike. Beyond their intrinsic value, these treasures represent a unique blend of history, craftsmanship, and personal connection. However, with great value comes great responsibility, especially when it comes to protecting these assets against unforeseen risks. 

As a discerning collector, insuring your high-value collectibles is a crucial step in safeguarding your investment and preserving your peace of mind.


Key considerations when looking out for collectible insurance:

1. Accurate Valuation

Before securing insurance coverage, it's essential to accurately assess the value of your collectibles. Consult with experts, appraisers, or specialised valuation services to determine their current market worth. For items like classic cars or rare artwork, factors such as condition, provenance, and market trends play a significant role in valuation.


2. Specialised Coverage

High-value collectibles often require specialised insurance coverage tailored to their unique characteristics and risks. Standard homeowners' or renters' insurance policies may have limitations in terms of coverage amounts and specific perils covered. The Arachas Private Client team have extensive expertise in insuring collectibles to ensure comprehensive protection.


3. Agreed Value vs. Market Value

When insuring high-value collectibles, consider whether to opt for agreed value or market value coverage. Agreed value policies guarantee reimbursement for the agreed-upon value in the event of a covered loss, providing greater certainty for collectors. On the other hand, market value policies factor in depreciation, potentially resulting in lower payouts.


4. Coverage Limits and Deductibles

Pay close attention to coverage limits and deductibles specified in your insurance policy. Ensure that the coverage limits align with the total value of your collectibles portfolio and that deductibles are reasonable and manageable in the event of a claim.


5. Additional Coverage Options

Depending on the nature of your collectibles, you may require additional coverage options to address specific risks. For instance, collectible cars may benefit from coverage for spare parts, restoration costs, or diminution in value following repairs. Similarly, fine art collectors may seek coverage for restoration expenses or loss of market value due to damage.


6. Storage and Security Measures

Insurers often consider storage and security measures when underwriting collectible insurance policies. Implementing adequate safeguards such as secure storage facilities, alarm systems, surveillance cameras, and fire suppression systems can help mitigate risks and may even result in premium discounts.


7. Regular Review and Appraisal

As the value of collectibles fluctuates over time, it's crucial to conduct regular reviews and appraisals to ensure that your insurance coverage remains adequate. Stay informed about market trends, changes in value, and emerging risks to proactively adjust your coverage as needed.


8. Documentation and Records

Maintain detailed documentation and records for each of your collectibles, including purchase receipts, appraisals, provenance certificates, and photographs. In the event of a claim, thorough documentation can streamline the claims process and facilitate swift reimbursement.


Insuring high-value collectibles requires careful consideration of various factors, from accurate valuation and specialised coverage to storage security and documentation. Working with an experienced broker like Arachas Private Client allows you to take proactive measures to mitigate risks. You can protect your treasures and enjoy peace of mind knowing that their investments are safeguarded against the unexpected. Remember, your collectibles are more than just possessions—they're a reflection of your passion, dedication, and legacy.


To arrange a consultation with Arachas Private Client to discuss your insurance needs, call us on 01 592 0900.