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There’s a particular exhilaration that comes from being the winning bidder – the new owner of something valuable and unique. It may well linger until you next see your artwork installed in your home, your office, a gallery or a museum. Between this moment and that, it will need to move. Besides the physical challenges involved in transporting it from A to B, there’s a maze of admin tasks to manoeuvre through too: insurance, taxes, custom...

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Sometimes merely owning certain property can expose someone to potentially harsh levels of taxation. Most countries have some form of death, inheritance or wealth taxes which can apply in unexpected ways. The taxing rights of a country are determined by physical location, so the location of an asset is important, especially on death. If an asset is located outside the UK, it may cause the asset to be outside the scope of Inheritance Tax in...

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An extremely valuable medieval chess piece, one of the five missing Lewis Chessmen, has recently been discovered in a drawer by a family in Edinburgh.  The 900 year-old Lewis Chessmen hoard was discovered on the Isle of Lewis in 1831 and includes some 93 pieces, most of which are now to be found in the British Museum.  The newly re-discovered piece is a warder (the medieval equivalent of a rook) in the form of an...

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When David Swensen’s Yale Model—a model that invests heavily in alternative or non-liquid investments—was first revealed in 2000[1], it caused quite a stir in institutional investment. In the first 20 years of his tenure (1985-2005) as Yale’s endowment manager, Swensen managed to top the S&P 500’s 12.3 percent annualised return by a further 3.8 percent, breezing through stock market downturns that decimated other institutions. Mainstreaming Alternative Investment Instruments Many of Swensen’s contemporaries, and more than...

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The V&A unveils its newest exhibition to celebrate the Spanish couturier Cristóbal Balenciaga—famed for his pioneering fashion designs founded on structure, fluidity and breaking the status quo. His innovative clothing designs and groundbreaking manipulation of fabrics helped craft an immovable legacy within the fashion industry. Regarded by his peers as the pinnacle of style, his former apprentice Oscar de la Renta revered him as a designer ‘who never did anything in bad taste’, while his...

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London, Paris, New York, Rome—these cities have always been celebrated for the breadth and depth of their artistic and cultural offerings. Because of this, it’s easy to overlook other locations that can present an equally rewarding experience for the discerning visitor. Read on for our take on some of the most cultural cities in the world. Charleston Gracious southern hospitality, carriage rides, antebellum architecture and the scent of blooming jasmine—the romantic charm of this elegant cultural...

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The best design museums are places where people can learn about the objects and designs that have shaped our world. We’re familiar with famous examples such as London’s Victoria & Albert Museum, but there are many others across the globe—from Berlin to Toronto—worth visiting. The Design Museum, London The London Design Museum’s eagerly anticipated new home opened in High Street Kensington late last year, a striking Grade II* listed building—once the Commonwealth Institute—that offers three...

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The Georgia O’Keeffe exhibition at the Tate Modern marks the 100th anniversary of her New York debut. Best known for her paintings of magnified flowers, animal skulls and New Mexico desert landscapes, Georgia O’Keeffe is a pioneer of 20th century art. The exhibition, which will run until 30 October 2016 at the Tate Modern, London, marks the 100th anniversary of her New York debut. The retrospective gives a rare chance to see over 100 of her...

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Flourishing between 1890 and 1910, Art Nouveau was a short-lived but highly influential movement that spanned Europe from Glasgow to Vienna, creating an artistic style that had a huge impact on the applied arts and encompassed a wide range of figures, including Antoni Gaudí, Alphonse Mucha, Gustav Klimt, Aubrey Beardsley, René Lalique, Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Louis Comfort Tiffany. Art Nouveau artists sought to abolish hierarchies between different forms of art, placing fine arts such...

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In the rarified world of luxury yachts, the Monaco Yacht Show, this year running from 28 September to 1 October, is a must-visit event, both for its glamorous setting in the iconic Port Hercules in Monaco as well as for the huge numbers of yachts you can view, admire and buy. It’s a place where both amateur enthusiasts and industry figures can discover the latest trends in naval architecture, technological advances and the newest gadgets and...

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