Collectables and alternative investments

The richest treasure asset

Prized first editions may look good on the book shelf, says Chris Carter. But for investor-collectors, that’s not where the real money is.

Meteorites: out-of-this-world investments

Money may not grow on trees, but it occasionally falls from the heavens. Chris Carter explains how to net it.

All’s fair in love and war

Pablo Picasso’s Femme au béret gets the auction season underway at Sotheby’s, says Chris Carter. But what’s more interesting than its sale price is what is says about its painter.

Souvenirs of an empire

As a new year of auctions get under way, a treasure trove of memorabilia linked to Britain’s colonial past goes under the hammer.

Antiquities: a solid investment

There has been a flurry of sales in antiquities in recent weeks, says Chris Carter – and prices have held up surprisingly well.

Investors are taking expensive risks for little or no return

Investors are paying through the nose for risky assets that offer little in the way of returns. But there are some bargains about, says Merryn Somerset Webb.

A warning from Jesus

Salvator Mundi, a supposed work by Leonardo da Vinci, smashed auction records, says Chris Carter. That says more about the market than it does about the art.

The most expensive painting in the world

The sale of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi for $450m may represent the pinnacle of the global misallocation of capital, says John Stepek.

A new hoard of tribal art

African and Oceanic art is in vogue this autumn with many fine examples going under the hammer, says Chris Carter.

Diamonds with pedigree

Next month in Geneva, two outstanding pieces of diamond jewellery with aristocratic backgrounds will be going under the hammer. Chris Carter reports.

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