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  • When should I invest venture capital in a Bitcoin start-up?
  • There are already hundreds of entrepreneurs making money from Bitcoin-related start-ups. And these start-ups are very popular with venture capitalists. But there is a time and a place to invest in a Bitcoin start-up. Let's take a look. Invest in Bitcoin when it gets past its growing pains One of the major concerns about Bitcoin is around how to regulate the virtual currency.    ... ››› more
  • [06 December 2013]
  • The number one reason to choose Bitcoin over the US dollar
  • If you ever want to make a geek tear out their hair, tell them Bitcoin is a fiat currency. This is one of the biggest and most annoying misconceptions about Bitcoin. And it's not just lay people who are making this mistake. Everyone who likes to think they know a thing or two about Bitcoin seems to think Bitcoin is ‘not real money'. Which is not only WRONG, but is just plain bizarre. W... ››› more
  • [04 December 2013]
  • A vintage Ferrari fetches $14.3 million at auction
  • Yesterday, a 1964 Ferrari 250 LM went to for a cool $14.3 million at auction. In the first car auction of its kind for over ten years, 38 vintage cars went for a grand total of $62.8 million. But are vintage cars a worthwhile alternative investment option? Let's take a closer look… The Art of the Automobile auction held yesterday in New York had buyers lined up to get their hands on vintage ca... ››› more
  • [22 November 2013]
  • South African sculpture sells for a record-breaking R5.5 million
  • On Monday evening, at an auction at Strauss & Co, South African artist Jane Alexander's sculpture made the record books. Her piece ‘Untitled,' sold for a cool R5.5 million. This is the highest amount a work of art of this kind has sold for. Let's take a closer look at what happened… Jane Alexander, a contemporary artist from South Africa, broke records as one of her pieces “sold for R5.5 m... ››› more
  • [13 November 2013]
  • How to handle the bidding frenzy at auction
  • Once you've done all your research and preparation for an auction, you need to get ready for the big day. Make sure you get there nice and early. Now all that's left is bidding for the lots you want. Read on to find out how to handle the bidding frenzy at auction... On the day of the auction, make sure to get there early as you’ll need to register, Bengt Saelensminde in The Right Side explains... ››› more
  • [20 October 2013]
  • Preparing for auction - buyer beware
  • If you're looking to invest your hard earned cash into something other than the stock market, then an auction might be for you. Whether it's antiques, art or something a bit more unusual, an auction could prove the best hunting ground. You need to get your hands on catalogues for upcoming auctions. Once you've picked items you're interested in and before you even think about just going along and b... ››› more
  • [19 October 2013]
  • What you need to do before you set foot in an auction house
  • Here's a great way to shop for deals on anything from property, fine art and antiques, to this year's Christmas present for a loved one. With Christmas looming, now is the time to start acquiring some auction catalogues. You could invest in something really special this year. Here's what you need to do before you set foot in an auction house... You could uncover something really great at an auct... ››› more
  • [18 October 2013]
  • How not to pay over the odds for a lot at auction
  • If you're set to go to an auction and have your eye on a lot, then you need to be prepared. You can't get carried away with what you're willing to pay. So before you go, do some research to ensure you're not overpaying for an item. Read on to find out how not to pay over the odds for a lot at auction... Let’s say you’ve seen a piece of jewellery that’s of interest in an auction house catal... ››› more
  • [18 October 2013]
  • The ins and outs of buying art online
  • Buying pieces of art is a great way to diversify your portfolio. Now there are an abundance of websites that you can purchase art from. Just make sure you do your research before jumping in. Read on to uncover the ins and outs of buying art online... The art world is largely unregulated and anyone can set up an online gallery – so buyer beware, Sarah Ryan in MoneyWeek explains... Before you... ››› more
  • [14 October 2013]
  • Your step by step guide to investing in autographs
  • If you fancy diversifying your portfolio and investing in autographs, where do you start? There are six key pointers to bear in mind. If you take your time and do thorough research, you could get your hands on a piece that will handsomely rise in value over the years. Read on to uncover your step by step guide to investing in autographs… With the stock market as volatile as ever, it makes sens... ››› more
  • [11 October 2013]
  • What art makes the best investment?
  • Buying art can be a great investment as well as intrinsically rewarding. But you need to choose wisely. So what factors should you consider before investing? Read on to discover what to look for to make a wise investment in art… To find new, and potentially great, artists, you need to start at the art schools, Sarah Ryan in Money Morning UK explains... Artists, of course, have innate talent... ››› more
  • [11 October 2013]
  • Revealed: 6 rules for spotting great art
  • If you fancy diversifying you investment portfolio into some pieces of art it can be hard knowing where to start. What makes a great piece of art? There a few rules that you should follow to help you make the best purchase you can, and a profitable investment over time. Read on to discover six rules for spotting great art… When you invest in art, you want to make the best choices that you can,... ››› more
  • [11 October 2013]
  • The most expensive stamp in SA is up for auction today
  • Today, the most expensive stamp in South Africa goes up for auction. Experts believe the stamp will fetch over R1 million. The auction is taking place at Stephan Welz & Co Stamps, Postal History, Coins and Banknotes Auction in Johannesburg. Let's take a closer look at why this stamp is worth so much… The infamous stamp is a “1913 Union King’s head 5 shilling inverted watermark, reports Tim... ››› more
  • [10 October 2013]
  • 2 key factors that determine an autograph's value
  • If you're looking for an alternative to investing your cash in shares, then autographs can prove very lucrative. There is value in all autographs. But, the important thing is, where are you going to make the best return on your investment? There are two factors that play a huge role in determining an autograph's value. Read on to discover what these are… If you’re looking for a decent return... ››› more
  • [10 October 2013]


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