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Chris Carter

Chris Carter spent three glorious years reading English literature on the beautiful Welsh coast at Aberystwyth University. Graduating in 2005, he left for the University of York to specialise in Renaissance literature for his MA, before returning to his native Twickenham, in southwest London. He joined a Richmond-based recruitment company, where he worked with several clients, including the Queen’s bank, Coutts, as well as the super luxury, Dorchester-owned Coworth Park country house hotel, near Ascot in Berkshire.

Then, in 2011, Chris joined MoneyWeek. Initially working as part of the website production team, Chris soon rose to the lofty heights of wealth editor, overseeing MoneyWeek’s Spending It lifestyle section. Chris travels the globe in pursuit of his work, soaking up the local culture and sampling the very finest in cuisine, hotels and resorts for the magazine’s discerning readership. He also enjoys writing his fortnightly page on collectables, delving into the fascinating world of auctions and art, classic cars, coins, watches, wine and whisky investing.

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The $15m violins up for auction
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The $15m violins up for auction

Instruments from Antonio Stradivari and Giuseppe Guarneri – the “da Vincis of violins” – are fetching stellar prices at auction.
17 May 2022
Collectables: the scramble for blue diamonds
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Collectables: the scramble for blue diamonds

Coloured diamonds are securing bigger prices at auction, says Chris Carter
3 May 2022
The race to put art on the moon
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The race to put art on the moon

Two space cadets are hoping for a big pay day by putting works of art on the moon. Chris Carter reports
28 Apr 2022
The Yamaha Fizzy – how a 1970s moped became a £10,000 collector’s item
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The Yamaha Fizzy – how a 1970s moped became a £10,000 collector’s item

Surviving examples of the Yamaha FS1-E - a cheap moped originally meant for teenagers – are fetching serious money among motorcycle enthusiasts.
25 Mar 2022
Spring sees iconic art going under the auctioneer’s hammer
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Spring sees iconic art going under the auctioneer’s hammer

The art market has seen a flurry of high-profile sales as the spring auction season hots up. Chris Carter reports
11 Mar 2022
Carbonados: the enigma of black diamonds
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Carbonados: the enigma of black diamonds

Chris Carter reports on the extremely rare black diamonds that fetch millions at auction.
25 Feb 2022
How to invest in luxury goods
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How to invest in luxury goods

Luxury goods is an industry that thrives on conspicuous consumption. It's had a surprisingly good pandemic, and there are plenty of reasons to expect …
18 Feb 2022
Martinware pottery: grotesque birds soar in value
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Martinware pottery: grotesque birds soar in value

The market in “Martinware” pottery is booming with many of the grotesque figures fetching tens of thousands of pounds. But there are still bargains to…
14 Feb 2022
Rhodes: where the sun god reigns supreme
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Rhodes: where the sun god reigns supreme

Chris Carter soaks up the rays on the Greek island of Rhodes in a newly redeveloped resort
4 Feb 2022
The amazing Spider-Man comic-book sale
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The amazing Spider-Man comic-book sale

Comics are as beloved and valuable as anything on canvas. Chris Carter reports
28 Jan 2022
Collecting lego: the profits to be had in plastic bricks
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Collecting lego: the profits to be had in plastic bricks

Lego can be a good investment – if you buy the right sets. Chris Carter reports
14 Jan 2022
The priciest artworks of 2021
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The priciest artworks of 2021

The temperature in the art market keeps soaring. Chris Carter reports on 2021's biggest art deals.
7 Jan 2022
A perfect spot for some wild swimming
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A perfect spot for some wild swimming

A dip in some icy waters in Devon will set you up for the New Year, says Chris Carter.
7 Jan 2022
NFTs – the blockchain art frenzy
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NFTs – the blockchain art frenzy

Non-fungible tokens (NFTs) became big business for the art world in 2021. Chris Carter reports
17 Dec 2021
Travel: three cosy UK rural retreats for the winter
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Travel: three cosy UK rural retreats for the winter

Enjoy spectacular views in comfort this winter at these three luxurious UK rural retreats, says Chris Carter
17 Dec 2021
Three of the best Christmas markets
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Three of the best Christmas markets

Lovers of festive German markets will have to find them on these shores this year. Chris Carter reports.
10 Dec 2021
Whisky is the hot new thing for collectors
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Whisky is the hot new thing for collectors

Youngsters and Asians are developing a taste for firewater. Chris Carter reports.
3 Dec 2021
Ferrari 812 Competizione: an extraordinary new supercar
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Ferrari 812 Competizione: an extraordinary new supercar

Ferrari’s latest offering is the 812 Competizione – an exciting harbinger of the brand’s future.
26 Nov 2021
A blow-out month for watches
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A blow-out month for watches

A changing market for watch collectors is putting new brands in the spotlight. Chris Carter reports
19 Nov 2021
Three great new British hotels
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Three great new British hotels

From a playground for grown-ups in London to a converted factory in Manchester. Chris Carter reports
5 Nov 2021
Three spooky stays for Halloween – and one for Bonfire Night
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Three spooky stays for Halloween – and one for Bonfire Night

From a castle with a secret in Angus to a manor with ghostly residents in Norfolk. Chris Carter looks at some spooky breaks.
1 Nov 2021
Collectables: a busy month for watch lovers
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Collectables: a busy month for watch lovers

A number of rare and valuable timepieces are up for grabs this November. Chris Carter reports
22 Oct 2021
Four of the best autumnal breaks in Britain
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Four of the best autumnal breaks in Britain

As the nights draw in, it’s time to enjoy countryside walks and evenings in by the fire. Chris Carter reports
22 Oct 2021
Travel: the lost world of the Ardèche
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Travel: the lost world of the Ardèche

Most travellers from Britain pass this corner of the south of France by. That’s a mistake, says Chris Carter
15 Oct 2021
A vintage year for wine lovers
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A vintage year for wine lovers

Collectors and tipplers are having a great time of it. Chris Carter reports
8 Oct 2021
Caterham’s latest pocket rocket
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Caterham’s latest pocket rocket

Caterham’s new model – the Seven 170 – is the lightest yet and is great fun to drive. Chris Carter reports
1 Oct 2021
Three top walking destinations in the UK
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Three top walking destinations in the UK

As autumn arrives, it’s time to get your boots on and head for the country, says Chris Carter
17 Sep 2021
Fractional ownership: buy a share of an $8.6m postage stamp
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Fractional ownership: buy a share of an $8.6m postage stamp

Stanley Gibbons hopes to find a host of buyers for its most prestigious acquisition – an $8.6m British Guiana One-Cent Black on Magenta stamp – throug…
10 Sep 2021
Travel: four castles where you can live like royalty
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Travel: four castles where you can live like royalty

Hole up for the autumn in Warwick, Chillingham, Glenapp or at Versailles. Chris Carter reports.
10 Sep 2021
Four of the best boating holidays
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Four of the best boating holidays

From a gentle rafting trip in Oregon to a canoeing and meditation retreat in Devon. Chris Carter reports.
20 Aug 2021
Lambo’s fast and furious new Huracán
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Lambo’s fast and furious new Huracán

The Italian supercar maker’s latest offering will make petrolheads weep for joy
16 Aug 2021
Hotels with stylish swimming pools
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Hotels with stylish swimming pools

Enjoy a fruity cocktail from your pool in St Lucia, or a gentle pummelling in London. Chris Carter reports
6 Aug 2021
Where to find the best British seafood
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Where to find the best British seafood

From an informal bistro on the Gower Peninsula to a ramshackle cafe at Wyke Regis. Chris Carter reports
30 Jul 2021
Three great country house hotels
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Three great country house hotels

From a new opening in Somerset to a foodie haven in the Cotswolds. Chris Carter reports.
23 Jul 2021
Art auctions bounce back as rare Leonardo da Vinci sketch sells for £8.9m
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Art auctions bounce back as rare Leonardo da Vinci sketch sells for £8.9m

A rare Leonardo da Vinci drawing shows up at auction – and goes under the hammer for £8.9m. Chris Carter reports
16 Jul 2021
Three Caribbean islands on the green list
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Three Caribbean islands on the green list

Barbados, Antigua and Anguilla have all been given the go-ahead by the government. Chris Carter reports
16 Jul 2021