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January 22, 2014

An original Apple Mac prototype was the most expensive purchase made through Christie’s online-only auctions in 2013, as the auction house invests in its Internet platform to drive sales.

An original Apple Mac prototype was the most expensive purchase made through Christie’s online-only auctions in 2013, as the auction house invests in its Internet platform to drive sales.

Christie’s, which is part of Francois-Henri Pinault’s holding company, Groupe Artemis, posted sales of £4.54 billion (€5.5 billion) for the year ended December 2013, up 16% on the previous year – the highest sales total for any auction house in the history of the art market.

January 8, 2014

Classic cars have topped a new passion investment index released this week, while when it comes to fine art, traditional Chinese works have provided the most lucrative returns.

Classic cars have topped a new passion investment index released this week, while when it comes to fine art, traditional Chinese works have provided the most lucrative returns.

According to The Coutts Index: Objects of Desire classic cars saw a 257% return on investment over a seven-and-a-half year period, starting in 2005, well ahead of the next most profitable passion investment, classic watches, which saw returns of 176%.

January 1, 2014

With email pushing the utilitarian value of stamps towards redundancy, what will become of the world’s philatelic collections and how do they stand as an investment?Campden reports.
 

As a child growing up in 1960s America, Donald Sundman’s father gave him a stamp album and some inexpensive stamps. “I lived in a small town in New Hampshire and so stamps were really a window into a larger world, where you could see stamps from countries that didn’t exist anymore, because World War I and World War II changed the map so much, and there were different languages. It was very exotic.”

October 17, 2013

This summer big brand artists continued to set records at the major auction houses. But like all passion investments, art occupies a grey area between investment and lifestyle asset, so what role can it play in a family office’s portfolio? 

This summer big brand artists continued to set records at the major auction houses. But like all passion investments, art occupies a grey area between investment and lifestyle asset, so what role can it play in a family office’s portfolio? 

August 20, 2013

In a rare interview, CampdenFB talks to Mishal Kanoo, deputy chairman of one of the Middle East’s top family businesses, the Kanoo Group.

Family life is extremely private in the Gulf. In a way, it is not surprising that people who dress so conservatively, with women shrouded in black and men cloaked in white, should be so guarded in showing a public face. In the same way, family businesses in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which make up the vast majority of the successful corporations there, are curiously reluctant to share their successes with the press. For this reason, the willingness of Mishal Kanoo, deputy chairman of the GCC-based Kanoo Group, to speak to CampdenFB, is all the more remarkable.

May 16, 2013

Harry Winston, the luxury jewellery house recently acquired by family business Swatch Group, has paid a record price for a colourless diamond at auction in Geneva.

Harry Winston, the luxury jewellery house recently acquired by family business Swatch Group, has paid a record price for a colourless diamond at auction in Geneva.

The pear-shaped 101.73-carat diamond sold for $26.7 million (€20.8 million) at Christie's Magnificent Jewels sale, where a total $102 million was raised and record prices were set for diamonds, pearls and sapphires.

The flawless diamond has now been named Winston Legacy after its new owner.

May 9, 2013

Superyachts are getting bigger and bigger, seemingly oblivious to economic woes. What is it that makes them such a desired object?

If you travelled to the shipyard of the fourth-generation shipbuilder Lürssen in the German town of Bremen-Vegesack at the moment, you would be greeted by a spectacular sight. Floating in one of the docks there is a ship so big that it resembles an aerodynamic block of flats. It looks more like a particularly sleek spaceship than something you might expect to see floating in the water.

March 29, 2013

Ownership of a private jet endorses super-rich status, but running costs might tip even the most cost-conscious owner into the ranks of the poor if they’re not careful.

Ownership of a private jet endorses super-rich status, but running costs might tip even the most cost-conscious owner into the ranks of the poor if they’re not careful.

February 7, 2013

Owning a huge sports brand like Manchester United or the New York Yankees might make more economic sense than popular perception suggests, but don’t expect to make much money out of it.

On a freezing night at the end of November, Chelsea was taking on Manchester City in a cup game. After exactly 16 minutes, a round of applause rang around the stadium from the Chelsea fans. For those in the know, it was a sign – a sign of loyalty to the former manager Roberto Di Matteo, a legendary Chelsea player who wore the number 16 shirt and who was recently sacked.

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