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Are you the ultimate hoarder of sneakers? Well, we have nothing but good news for you – Sotheby’s in New York have partnered up with Stadium Goods to present “The Ultimate Sneaker Collection Online.” In addition to an astonishing, 100 of the rarest sneakers, the highlight of the auction will include one of Nike’s original pair of running shoes, otherwise known as the 1972, Nike Moon Shoe. Geoff Hollister handmade the 1972 shoe, according to...

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From the world’s rarest perfume to a rare, first-edition copy of a beloved classic book, we bring you the most desirable luxury collectables and high-end fashion items, that are worth the extra spend. Spend it on the World’s Rarest Perfume Husband-and-wife hoteliers Thomas and Dagmar Smit launched perfume collection Elegantes London in 2012. Together with master ‘nose’ Julien Rasquinet, they scoured the world for the finest ingredients to create a perfume of impeccable quality. Not just an incredibly rare and deliberately prepared scent, the perfume...

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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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The House of Messika was born in Paris in 2005 and is run by Valérie Messika, daughter of the famous diamond merchant André Messika. Core values have been passed down from father to daughter: to enhance the diamond, to push the boundaries and to strive continuously for excellence. A prominent figure on the diamond trading scene since he started out in 1972, André Messika brought his daughter up on dreams dusted with jewels, punctuated with trips around the world to source extraordinary stones. Surrounded by legendary gems from...

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Sotheby’s auction, English Literature, History, Children’s Books and Illustrations, includes the sale of original historical documents and the first editions of classic novels. The highlights of the auction, for which the online bidding process has begun, will include Daniel Defoe’s Adventures of Robinson Crusoe; the original, historical 1916 proclamation of independence established by the Irish Republic; and four albums of 962 photographs illustrating the First World War. The Origins of Defoe’s Robinson Crusoe The first...

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Auctioneers Sworders will recreate the feel of a Georgian country house when the principal contents of Alderley House in Gloucestershire come up for sale on July 23rd 2019. The stand-alone auction in the auctioneer’s award-winning Stansted Mountfitchet headquarters will feature more than 500 lots. The present-day Alderley House is a mid-19th century Grade II listed country house designed by the English architect Lewis Vulliamy and built for Robert Blagden Hale in the small village of...

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Ceramicist Kate Braine has opened an exhibition showcasing over 300 sculptural pots in her private Chelsea Studio Home.  Tendril Is The Night opens at Kate Braine’s historic 18th Century townhouse today (Friday, 28 June 2019). Kate Braine has worked independently from her historic 18th Century Townhouse in Chelsea for over 20 years, without publicly showing her works, amassing an amazing collection of striking sculptural pots. Now Kate will reveal her works for the first time,...

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The lure of gold is legendary, but are we fooling ourselves if we treat it as a sensible choice for the modern investor? It pays to understand why for hundreds of years it was the foundation of all wealth, and why it’s perhaps a different type of investment today. The use of gold in the form of coins probably dates back to Egypt in 500BC, at a time when the intrinsic value of the metal had long been established through its use in jewellery. The History...

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Despite the rise of the mobile phone and smartwatch, traditional wristwatches are by no means obsolete. In fact, driven by the passion of many small, individual designers, there’s a powerful movement to bring back the wristwatch as a statement of style, personality and individuality. One of the most striking stories is that of Atelier Wen, a young brand formed by a team of French and Chinese designers with the aims of taking high-quality Chinese mechanical watches into the mainstream. It’s an open secret that even in a...

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Certainly the most significant potter of 18th Century Britain, and arguably the most revered to this day, Josiah Wedgwood (1730- 95) mastered his trade early. Hailing from a large family of established potters in Staffordshire, the young Wedgwood learned how to throw in the workshop of his older brother, Thomas. Years later, Wedgwood became renowned for his experiments, technical innovations and more specifically, for his creamware body and glaze—renamed ‘Queen’s Ware’ after he became ‘potter to Her Majesty’ in 1766. It was during a visit to Liverpool in 1762 that Wedgwood...

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