Anyone who's watched his grandma's antique vase disappear into the maws of conveyor belts, mechanical arms, and disgruntled postal workers knows that some packages are worth some extra effort and expense. The Guggenheim and the Gagosian Gallery trust Atelier 4 with the kind of big-name art you can't touch or breathe on like Fred Tomaselli's paintings or Nam June Paik's multimedia laser installations. Their trucks make seven cross-country trips a month (door-to-door usually takes a week, but they do custom runs). Shipping to California starts at $400, without the crate.
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GREAT DEAL: James Bourlet , a favorite of private collectors and Sotheby's, subcontracts some of its shipping to air-freighters, which can be risky. But it also means quicker delivery often at significantly lower prices.