Collectables

Boom times for the collectable watch market
Gold Omega Speedmaster No. 19
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Boom times for the collectable watch market

Vintage and collectable watches are setting records at auction. Chris Carter reports.
28 Jun 2022
The $15m violins up for auction
A violin
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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
De Beers Blue diamond
Silver and other precious metals

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
Jeff Koons
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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
Yamaha FS1-E moped
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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
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
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
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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
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
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
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
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
Fans open their wallets for tennis memorabilia
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Fans open their wallets for tennis memorabilia

Roger Federer’s old clobber could be yours, along with a host of other tennis memorabilia. Chris Carter reports.
2 Jul 2021
The high-end art market is still on fire
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The high-end art market is still on fire

The art-market billionaires are coming out of lockdown. Chris Carter reports
21 May 2021
Forget bitcoins, turn to real coins as an inflation hedge
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Forget bitcoins, turn to real coins as an inflation hedge

As the recent bout of craziness in the cryptocurrency markets shows, bitcoin isn’t much of a hedge against anything. So as the price of all physical t…
17 May 2021
Xpedition Oak: a spirit with a sense of adventure
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Xpedition Oak: a spirit with a sense of adventure

Talisker is set to release its 43-year-old Xpedition Oak single malt – a whisky with notes of the Caribbean, says Chris Carter.
27 Apr 2021
Chinese history as told via Asia’s booming auction market
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Chinese history as told via Asia’s booming auction market

Three Chinese imperial seals sold at auction tell a story about the present and past worlds, says Chris Carter.
26 Apr 2021
Digital art: a new chapter in art history or just a fad?
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Digital art: a new chapter in art history or just a fad?

How will history judge Beeple and the new digital way of making art?
26 Mar 2021
Gold coins lose none of their shine as “Brasher” doubloon sells for a record price
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Gold coins lose none of their shine as “Brasher” doubloon sells for a record price

The New York-style Brasher gold coin just set a new record auction sale price of $9.4. Chris Carter reports
12 Feb 2021
Brexit sparks an exodus of artworks form the UK
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Brexit sparks an exodus of artworks form the UK

The last days of Britain's membership of the EU saw a rush to get artworks out of the country before the introduction of new export rules.
29 Jan 2021
Whisk yourself away to better times with transport memorabilia
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Whisk yourself away to better times with transport memorabilia

Nostalgia is driving a boom in transport memorabilia, including tube train luggage racks and illuminated garage signs. Chris Carter reports.
29 Jan 2021