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Until now, travelling by yacht has been known to be one of the least ecological ways to get around—thanks to brand-new eco-friendly yachts, that could be about to change. Charming, luxurious and extravagant. Globetrotting on a yacht can be neatly summed up with these three words. However, what about the effect it has on the planet? With conversations about pollution and global warming getting increasingly louder and harder to ignore, taking care of the marine...

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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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The Piotti company was founded in 1960 in Gardone Val Trompia (Brescia) by Araldo and Faustino Piotti and today are renowned throughout the world by connoisseurs of fine firearms. The company are probably the only bespoke gun maker in the world able to make any type and calibre of modern shotgun and rifle in their own family run company. The second generation of the Piotti family now run the company, and all are involved at...

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Aiming far beyond luxury, the people behind Chapters of Ampersand seek to unite the very best of the art and craftsmanship of fine spirits and the Swedish tradition of glass making. ‘The market is filled with expensive spirits in luxury vessels, but we want to go a step further and create a unique product that is more complete and refined. And with individuality, in small and very limited numbers—a true piece of art rather than luxury...

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Amassed over 20 years and housed in their former family home, the works up for sale in Sting and Trudie Styler’s collection vividly captures the couple’s keen eye for Art and Design. Ahead of Sting and Trudie Styler’s planned move to Battersea Power Station, an extensive collection of 200 lots will be auctioned at Christie’s, London, on 24 February 2016. Sting and Trudie Styler, who have been married for 23 years, have adorned their home...

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This rare insight into Lauren Bacall: Collection of a Hollywood Legend features an extraordinary look at Lauren Bacall’s fine art and jewellery collection, providing a glimpse into the Hollywood film star’s personal style and taste. Considering her popularity and critical acclaim throughout her illustrious Hollywood career, it’s hardly surprising that the Lauren Bacall collection attracted 1,500 bidders from around the world. See also:Marilyn Monroe – Star, Sex symbol, fashion icon There is something poignant about the sale of a private collection: accrued over a...

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Good handwriting and fine calligraphy may be increasingly uncommon, but fine writing instruments both old and new continue to fascinate and appeal, providing a vibrant market for collectors worldwide. ‘Beautiful writing pleases everyone, it makes one sought after.’ So said the writer Père Gregoire Martin in 1761. Although his assertion may not ring quite so true today, even in the digital age—when few of us set aside time to perfect our calligraphy or sit down...

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With the hotly anticipated launch of the Ferrari 488 GTB fast approaching, the story of one man’s passion for motor racing provides a fascinating insight into the history behind Italy’s most iconic automobile brand.  Think of Ferrari and you think of speed. The name itself conjures an image of the flash of Ferrari scarlet hurtling around a track, and of that prancing horse (or ‘rampante’) that has become a symbol of record-breaking racing success and...

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Some of the world’s most precious movie memorabilia has recently come under the hammer, causing excitement amongst an increasing crowd of competitive collectors. With premium items dating back as far as the golden era of film in the 1940s, movie memorabilia has always held a certain mystique for collectors, whether they are knowledgeable film buffs or simply fans of the picture. While usual factors like rarity and condition often determine the value of such memorabilia,...

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