Collectables and alternative investments

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.

The dotcom frenzy is far from over

Spot the next big trend, nab the “.com” first and you could make millions for just $10, says Dominic Frisby.

Start a collection of curios

Curiosity cabinets are back in fashion among collectors, says Chris Carter – and for good reason.

Classic-car sales stall

Chris Carter looks at what has gone wrong as the classic-car market hits the skids.

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.

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