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Collecting antiques as an investment
Maya Fisher-French 13 Jul 2011 08:19

Antiques and collectables make headlines every day. The Chinese vase discovered in a house in London which fetched £68-million to the 18th Century Florentine Badminton cabinet which fetched upwards of $4.8-million to Picasso’s Boy with a Pipe which fetched a cool $104.1-million.

Even more “modern” collectables are fetching incredible prices: Marilyn Monroe’s Happy Birthday Mr President dress fetched close on $1.3-million on auction. John Lennon’s Steinway—complete with cigarette burns—fetched $2-million and the most expensive car—a 1957 Ferrari 250 Testarossa fetched $12.2-million. Even our own old masters artists such as Irma Stern, Alexis Preller and JH Pierneef are fetching millions on auctions both here and abroad.

History has proven that whenever the economy has been under pressure, whether or not brought on by recession, financial instability or inflation, quality scarce antiques have not only retained their worth but have continued to be in high demand.

The art and antique market, in the course of financial slumps, have tended to continue to be secure and even continued to increase in value.


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