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  • A rare tiny Chinese cup scoops $36 million at auction
  • Earlier this week, at a Sotheby's auction in Hong Kong, the sale of a Chinese cup set records. The cup is of the Ming-era and went for a staggering $36.05 million. The cup is of only 17 known to exist in the world. Let's take a closer look at the auction of this tiny Chinese cup and why it raised such an eye-watering amount… ****************************************************** A proven path... ››› more
  • [11 April 2014]
  • What you need to look for when you invest in antique furniture and clocks
  • An antique is an object that has special value because of its age. This is especially so for a domestic item or a piece of furniture esteemed for its artistry, beauty, or period of origin. Let's delve a bit deeper into what you need to look for when you invest in antique furniture and clocks… Thanks to the political and economic uncertainties since 9/11, there’s been an insatiable demand for... ››› more
  • [12 September 2013]
  • Your old junk could be worth a fortune!
  • Over the years, Mike had accumulated numerous boxes of stuff, which were stored in his garage. One day he decided he needed to do a bit of spring cleaning. As he was going through the boxes, he came across one which had... “Dear Mike, use this wisely… love gran”, written on it. With slight confusion, Mike never really understood what this meant. However, he was eager to find out what ... ››› more
  • [01 August 2013]
  • Before buying antiques, check for ‘marks'
  • You need to check one crucial factor when you're looking for alternative investments, be that antiques or art. And that's the ‘mark'. Whether it's the maker's mark or a signature, it's a vital aspect to check. It can tell you so much about a piece… Have you ever watched the Antiques Roadshow on BBC? If you have, you’ll know that one of the first things an appraiser does when he or she f... ››› more
  • [24 July 2013]
  • Follow these three essential tips to find your hidden antique gem
  • Putting some money into alternative investments, such as antiques, is a great way of diversifying your portfolio. But for most people, it means getting involved in a field they know very little about. For that very reason, the following guidelines will help you make the right investment… To make sure you don’t waste your hard earned cash on an overpriced piece, stick to these rules… Thr... ››› more
  • [23 July 2013]
  • Two ways to appraise antiques and collectibles like a pro
  • There are a number of factors you must consider when determining the value of an alternative investment. Your starting point is a price guide (you can get one at any auction house or online sites for the area of your choice). By looking at the price of a comparable item, you'll find out what “fair value” is. But, to get an idea of what an item should really sell for, the following tips will ge... ››› more
  • [22 July 2013]
  • Five top tips for investing in antiques
  • Investing in antiques can be a precarious business. You need to know what to look out for to avoid paying too much for an item or simply avoid buying the wrong piece. The following guidelines show you exactly what you need to look for when you're searching for antiques to add to your investment portfolio… Alternative investments are a great addition to your investment portfolio. But for most p... ››› more
  • [17 July 2013]
  • The five commandments of antique investing
  • Buying and investing in antiques can be a tricky business. We all associate “antiques” with “big bucks” and this often scares novice collectors off. But it's important to keep in mind that there are antiques which are very affordable. Here's the lowdown on what you should look out for… Collecting antiques can be a very rewarding hobby, but there are some important points to always keep... ››› more
  • [16 July 2013]
  • The seven commandments of buying antiques
  • Buying and investing in antiques can be tricky. That's because most people associate antiques with ‘big bucks', but this isn't always the case. “Some antiques are very affordable, while others are extremely pricey - and there are good reasons for this,” says Antique Dealer Paul Mrkusic. Read on to discover what you should always keep in mind before buying antiques. Although investing in a... ››› more
  • [30 April 2013]
  • Follow these ten commandments of antique investing to ensure you make money
  • Collecting antiques can be a very rewarding hobby, but there are some important points to always keep in mind before making any purchase. And that's you need to stick to the ten commandments of buying antiques, says the team of experts behind The South African Investor. "Buying and investing in antiques can be a tricky business. After all, while we all associate “antiques” with “big bucks... ››› more
  • [23 April 2013]
  • Appraise antiques and collectibles like a pro
  • If you're an alternative investor listen up! There are a number of factors you must consider when determining the value of an alternative investment. Your starting point is a price guide because it'll enable you to look up the price of a comparable item to discover what “fair value” is. But to get a clear idea of what an item should sell for, you'll need to consider other factors. Read on to f... ››› more
  • [05 April 2013]
  • Use this seven-point checklist to invest in antiques and collectibles like a pro
  • Any antique dealer will tell you that the most common thing they hear when doing an appraisal is: “This is old so it must be worth something”. That's not always true. To be a real collectible, the item needs to check off at least five of the following points on FSP Invest's antique appraisal checklist. “History has proven that whenever the economy has been under pressure, whether or not b... ››› more
  • [14 March 2013]


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