Collectables and alternative investments

Hail the New Messiah

There’s serious money to be made in antique violins with rare musical instruments topping the Coutts Passion Index for last year.

Snuff bottles: A skill not to be sniffed at

Intricately decorated Chinese snuff bottles made from glass, stone, jade, agate, wood, ivory and lacquer are highly collectable, says Chris Carter.

Changing fashions drive prices in ceramics

Fashion trends are driving high prices in modern and contemporary ceramics, says Chris Carter.

Wee drams fetch big prices

Bottles of rare whisky have proven themselves to be rather tasty investments, says Chris Carter.

The allure of retro aeroplanes

For those who have always wanted to climb inside the cockpit of a vintage aeroplane, now is the time, says Chris Carter.

Fine wines, fine investments

Britain has always been a popular place to do business in the international wine trade. Chris Carter looks into the market, and explains how to invest in fine wines.

Serious money in entertainment memorabilia

Collecting items of entertainment memorabilia is more popular than ever, says Chris Carter.

The Holy Grail of handbags

As a recent £300,000 sale goes to show, there’s serious money to be found in handbags, says Chris Carter.

Profit-making page-turners

With the London International Antiquarian Book Fair around the corner, now’s the time to dip into the world of rare books.

The rising stars of photography

As Photo London opens on Thursday, ever more young collectors are turning their attention to collection photographic art, says Chris Carter.

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