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Luxury watch companies must adapt to changes in consumer behaviour or run the risk of becoming irrelevant—Arts & Collections investigates this lucrative industry. The concept of the wristwatch came into fruition during World War I; they were originally worn by soldiers as a convenient and practical way to time-keep. Since then, this horological device has reached a ubiquitous status. It has gradually morphed into a lavish accessory, admired not just for its capabilities in telling...

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Collecting fine art can be a life-long pursuit of happiness. Owning rare and unique items comes with its own risks, however, as a standard household policy usually does not cover these prized possessions. We caught up with Suzi Rackley of Aston Lark to discuss fine art insurance and how to navigate the market. Arts & Collections: Why do I need art insurance? Suzi Rackley: Art is often a prized possession or carries great sentimental value,...

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Fine art fakes have cost buyers millions for centuries; following recent allegations of forgery in the art world, protecting art investments has never been so important.  Before the stunning Leonardo da Vinci painting Salvator Mundi (c.1490) obliterated auction sale records in 2017 (with a staggering $450 million, for those that don’t already know), much controversy had erupted among experts and the media surrounding its authenticity. Critics asserted that the pose of the painting’s subject, Christ,...

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Unlike many alternative assets including fine wine and art, antique sales—in particular, Victorian antiques—have a precarious history at auction. The Victorian age, which constitutes the period in which Queen Victoria reigned England from 1837-1901, was a particularly special time in Britain’s rich history. Much of the social, political and economic policies that exist today can be attributed to the Victorians, who implemented major reforms to better improve education, industry, countrywide infrastructure and technology under the...

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An extremely rare bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 set a new world record when it was sold by Bonhams auctioneers on 3 October. The limited-edition 60-year-old lot fetched an eye-watering £848,750—it had been estimated at £700,000-900,000. Previous to this sale, the world record was set in May 2018 by Bonhams when another bottle of The Macallan Valerio Adami 1926 was sold for £814,081. Pop art labels Macallan commissioned two iconic pop artists—Valerio Adami...

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Diamonds have been revered for their beauty for millennia. Nowadays, coloured diamonds offer a strong return on investment—even in the current global market. Debatably less complex than the cryptocurrency market and, decidedly, more beautiful than stocks, fancy coloured diamonds (FCDs) are increasingly turning the heads of wealthy investors. Thanks to a surge in demand for FCDs over the last decade—and their reputation for being a safe long-term investment—it’s no wonder connoisseurs are adding them to...

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Dripping with exuberance, the Tiffany lamp’s iridescent, cascading lead stained glass designs are synonymous with the striking Art Nouveau movement of the early 20th century. The world is well acquainted with the classic, timeless jewellery staples of Tiffany & Co., founded by Charles Lewis Tiffany—but what of Louis Comfort Tiffany, the diamond titan’s son and founder of Tiffany Studios? The exquisite, tinkling designs of the famously ethereal Tiffany lamps were the brainchild of this Tiffany...

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Leading London wine merchants Berry Bros. & Rudd offer expert insight into investing in one of the luxury market’s most tangible assets in 2018: fine wine. 2017 saw robust returns at auction for wine sellers—despite the potentially destructive impact of Brexit on most U.K. investment markets. Auction house Christie’s’ top-selling lot in 2017 was a 12-bottle case of the wine world’s revered Romanée-Conti from a 1988 vintage, raking in £198,000. Meanwhile, a single bottle of...

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Arts & Collections investigates the resurrection of the Jaguar classic D-type model—one that incorporates style, nostalgia and modern flair—while assessing the prosperity of cars within the Luxury Investment Index. A recurring theme that’s circulating within the automotive community this year is that of restoration and resurrection. Some of the most renowned car manufacturers are reviving their iconic models from the past and introducing them back into the market. A trend that brand Jaguar most recent...

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With comment from Andrew Shirley, author of the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index, Arts & Collections investigates the top-performing assets of 2017 and offers predictions for 2018 and beyond. The U.K. luxury industry is worth £32.2 billion to the British economy. But, with socioeconomic uncertainty on the horizon, will this sector continue to flourish? We delve into the intricacies of luxury investment and evaluate how each asset is currently faring. Top-performing luxury investment assets Art...

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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