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‘Have nothing in your house that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.’—William Morris William Morris, an Arts and Crafts pioneer with distaste for capitalism and passion for natural beauty continues to inspire over a century later, resulting in quintessentially British collections. When William Morris died in 1896, aged 62, he would have been undoubtedly contented with his valiant efforts at beautifying the world through his craftsmanship—and commanding a revolution...

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For the serious collector, art fairs represent one of the best ways to discover new talent and trends, as well as explore a variety of genres and styles under one roof.   Art Basel First founded by three Basel gallerists in 1970, Art Basel has become a major fixture in the international art fair calendar. 2016’s event was one of the most successful in this art fair’s history, with over 280 galleries showcasing the work of...

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An icon of fashion, art and music, David Bowie was one of the most adored and critically feted artists of the past 50 years, someone who made an indelible mark on popular culture. What many of his fans didn’t know, however, is that David Bowie was also a prolific collector of art—a pastime he kept largely hidden from public view, until now. Bowie/Collector, taking place at Sotheby’s in London, is a three-part sale of around...

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The art market can be opaque and volatile, making investment an uncertain venture. Here, we detail some of the common mistakes to avoid In its 2016 annual report, the European Fine Art Foundation (TEFAF) confirmed that the international art market has stuttered—contracting by seven percent in what is its first downturn since 2011. This news, however, is not necessarily an occasion for doom-laden predictions. Regular, cyclical contractions in the art market are natural (and arguably...

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Switzerland’s mountainous terrain, inviting lakes, historic villages and of course the high peaks of the Alps make it a desirable destination for tourists, hikers and skiers. Renowned for a number of quaint and coveted stereotypes (cheese, chocolate and clocks), Switzerland is an appealing location all year round. TO STAY: Grand Resort Bad Ragaz Set deep within the picturesque mountain landscape of the Heidiland region, the Grand Resort Bad Ragaz provides sumptuous elegance and surpasses expectations of...

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Running from 24 September until 2 January 2017, the long awaited exhibition by the Royal Academy of Arts will see a number of influential works of art from celebrated artists like Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and William De Kooning, as well as showcasing a few lesser-known artists who contributed to the Abstract Expressionism movement.  The independent art historian Dr David Anfam, alongside Edith Devaney, contemporary curator at the Royal Academy of Arts, will curate the...

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Rare whisky has become a lucrative option for the canny investor, but what makes this spirit such a good prospect, and how do we make the right whisky investment choices? According to consultancy Rare Whisky 101, the rare whisky market is booming with the total value of collectable whiskies traded on the open market priced at £9.56 million in 2015, up from £7.64 million in 2014. The Rare Whisky Apex 1000, the main index for...

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Wine investment can seem like a dauntingly complex subject, but wine merchants Berry Bros. & Rudd are here to offer advice.  The wine market as a whole has been fairly resilient when compared with more traditional investment sectors. The reason for this is quite easy to explain: fine wine is a tangible asset; it’s a luxury product that we aspire to own, consume and know more about. For many it’s far more useful than gold, and easier to...

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The exquisite designs and rich silks used to create the famous Hermès shawls and scarves make these works of art highly collectable. The Hermès show at Paris fashion week (March 2016) unveiled a new, modern day minimalist collection, paired with the luxury the brand is best known for. Hermès is not fashion for exhibitionists but for those who value superior craftsmanship, classic style and opulence. For a brand that is perhaps best known for its...

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From eclectic memorabilia to record-breaking gems, we bring you the latest results from the world’s biggest auction houses. Lennon’s Locks A lock of John Lennon’s hair has sold at Heritage Auctions in Dallas for $35,000. A German barber cut the stands from the Beatle’s hair in 1966, one month after the release of album Revolver, and just before Lennon appeared in the black comedy film, How I Won the War. The winning bidder, Paul Fraser,...

Unique in its broad international coverage of both arts and cultural events, Arts & Collections covers fine art from antiquity to modern times, auction records, a special sale preview by Sotheby’s, as well as market trends that inform collectors of the world’s finest items.

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