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Why you should invest in female artists

Art made by women is where the value is, and prices are starting to rise, says Chris Carter.
9 Aug 2019
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Investing in wine: the end of the Burgundy bubble

Tastes – and prices – are starting to change in the wine market as Burgundy goes out of fashion. 
26 Jul 2019
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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 inve…
24 Jul 2019
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Ancient art sparks controversy

Who has the right to own art treasures that were originally pillaged? Chris Carter reports.
12 Jul 2019
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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.
28 Jun 2019

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 th…
18 Jun 2019
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Is Leonardo da Vinci overrated?

Leonardo da Vinci’s reputation has come under scrutiny, says Chris Carter. Is the criticism fair?
14 Jun 2019

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.
12 Jun 2019
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Collectables: Art’s frothy period

Paintings are going for record amounts, but is art in a bubble? Chris Carter reports
31 May 2019
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A boom in Asian art

Wealthy buyers are pushing up prices of Asian antiques and artworks, says Chris Carter.
17 May 2019

Britain’s crisis in care for the elderly

A government mired in Brexit has failed yet again to address an increasingly serious social issue. Yet there is an obvious way forward that has worked…
4 May 2019

Buy in to Japan's new dawn

Overseas investors were net sellers of Japanese stocks last year. But Japan is entering a new era of “beautiful harmony”, and investors should get on …
3 May 2019
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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.
3 May 2019
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The fizzy market in fine wine

The wine-investment trade is going mainstream, says Chris Carter.
18 Apr 2019
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Why it pays to look twice at works of art

Works of art that have been attributed to great artists can fool even the experts, says Chris Carter.
5 Apr 2019
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Collectables: Scotch whisky heads east

Collectors in Asia have a thirst for rare Scotch whisky, says Chris Carter.
22 Mar 2019
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A classic book for bean counters

Pacioli’s “Summa de arithmetica”, the original how-to guide for accountants, is going under the hammer. Chris Carter reports.
8 Mar 2019
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The bumper market for collectable comics

Superhero fans have grown up and have money to spend on collectable comics. Chris Carter reports.
22 Feb 2019
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The watercolours that illustrate a vanishing natural world

Watercolours offer a glimpse of the world before film, says Chris Carter.
12 Feb 2019
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Classic cars get second lives

Going electric is breathing new life into old motors, says Chris Carter.
24 Jan 2019
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Where to search out new artistic talent in 2019

The London Art Fair is a great place for new collectors to start out, says Chris Carter.
11 Jan 2019
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Collectables: 2018 was a boom year for auctioneers

With new records in art, whisky and jewellery, Chris Carter reports on the year in collectables.
21 Dec 2018
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Adam Smith’s stocking fillers

Christmas 1776 was a real treat for economist Adam Smith’s lucky friends, says Chris Carter.
7 Dec 2018
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Classic guitars going for a song

Classic guitars sound great, but are they a good investment? Mick Sharp reports.
23 Nov 2018