Collectables and alternative investments

The demise of Lendy, and why P2P can’t reinvent the basics of finance

If you are offered a temptingly high return on anything, says Merryn Somerset Webb, it is because it is illiquid and risky. That’s something that investors in peer-to-peer platform Lendy should have realised.

Ancient art sparks controversy

Who has the right to own art treasures that were originally pillaged? Chris Carter reports.

Marceau Rivière and Desmond Morris: two ace art collectors sell up

Some intriguing art is appearing on the market for the first time, says Chris Carter.

After Sotheby's is sold for $3.7bn, investors should bid on these other art market disruptors

Venerable auction house Sotheby’s has been snapped up for $3.7bn, says Chris Carter. But there’s plenty of action for investors at the other end of the art market too.

Is Leonardo da Vinci overrated?

Leonardo da Vinci’s reputation has come under scrutiny, says Chris Carter. Is the criticism fair?

The mystery whereabouts of the world’s most expensive painting

The whereabouts of Salvator Mundi, the supposed painting by Leonardo da Vinci has remained a mystery, says Chris Carter. Until now.

Collectables: Art’s frothy period

Paintings are going for record amounts, but is art in a bubble? Chris Carter reports

A boom in Asian art

Wealthy buyers are pushing up prices of Asian antiques and artworks, says Chris Carter.

Vintage watches: masterpieces of human genius

Collectors can’t get enough vintage watches, says Chris Carter. And some hugely impressive timepieces are up for auction.

The fizzy market in fine wine

The wine-investment trade is going mainstream, says Chris Carter.

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