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What’s hot for 2016

 

Art Deco Jewellery

The ‘Downton Abbey’ effect has led to a year-on-year increase in demand since the TV drama series begun. Any vintage examples signed by Cartier, Van Cleef or Arpels are particularly sought after.

Oriental rugs

the popularity of investing in rugs has grown considerably in recent years.

Oriental ceramics

Over the next decade their value is predicted to increase from between 50% to 80+%.

Silver

While its value has declined over the past few years, 20th Century and more contemporary pieces remain popular.

 

The best of the rest

 

Jewellery

Coloured stones, especially diamonds, are worth investing in after a dramatic rise in popularity among the top-end jewellery collectors.

Watches

Move over Rolex and even Patek Philippe, today’s top time pieces are bespoke – Bremont or RW Smith are seen as great investments.

Furniture

Sought-after styles range from small 18th Century French classics, to 1950s design icons to futuristic design trendsetters.

Paintings

Expressionist art, especially by the ‘top six’ (Amedeo Modigliani, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, Edvard Munch, Andy Warhol and Alberto Giacometti) is the most sought-after.

Sculpture

Bronze garden sculptures are highly sought after, with contemporary pieces often commissioned.

Taxidermy

The popularity of this art form has seen a recent resurgence, thanks to the influence of artists such as Damian Hirst.

Clothes

Vintage pieces, especially high-end evening dresses, have increased dramatically in popularity over the last few years.

Handbags/scarves

New and vintage Hermes and Chanel bags and Hermes scarves are very popular and are often not used by the client but are purchased purely as investment pieces.

Cars

Classic cars are still popular with the HNW client. Investments over the past decade have seen returns of up to 450%.

Wine

A new record for the most expensive lot of wine sold at auction was set in 2015, with bottles of Burgundy (Romanee Conti) selling for £1m at Sotheby’s in Hong Kong. More HNW clients are laying down wine; especially popular is wine ‘in bond’, stored in a UK bonded warehouse, where no tax is payable.

Film memorabilia

The anniversary of Back to the Future and the new Star Wars film has meant a phenomenal interest in such items.