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Phillips in Association with Bacs & Russo, is proud to announce its first themed sale dedicated to Heuer, with The Crosthwaite & Gavin Collection. An important, thematic auction taking place in Geneva on November 11, 2017 comprising 49 of the finest vintage Heuer Timepieces, including an Exceptional and complete example of a first execution reference 2446 Autavia along with the sale of a commemorative Tag Heuer  specially made by the renowned swiss watch manufacturer for this event. Landmark Auction This landmark thematic auction, to take place in Geneva in November 2017, will offer 49 of the finest and best-preserved collectible Heuer chronographs produced between 1962 and 1982 – known to the community as the ‘Jack Heuer Era’. Respected Authorities Gather Phillips presents this world-class collection, gathered by the renowned collectors, authors, and respected authorities on vintage Heuer: Richard Crosthwaite and Paul Gavin. Well known throughout the Heuer collecting community for…

In a hyperactive modern world full of endless choices and change, why choose an antique for your personal space, office, or art collection? The team at London-based, Butchoff Antiques, have put together five compelling reasons to take another look at the timeless designs created in the past. 5 Reasons to Take Home an Antique 1 Historical Significance Antiques are enduring symbols of the historical importance of design and high taste. As versatile objects, to be both appreciated visually and used practically, antiques tell stories about the history of fashion, decoration, and utility, connecting the past to present. Pay attention to the details! The form and decoration of a piece can indicate its origins: where and when it was likely made. They signify the style of a moment, and the fashion for interior decoration in a particular place and time. Antiques have always had the adaptability to integrate into existing interior…

A CONTEMPORARY ART EXHIBITION FEATURING HIGHLIGHTS FROM THE BETH RUDIN DEWOODY COLLECTION Exhibition celebrates Chicago’s distinct artistic history during EXPO CHICAGO Circa 1881 and The Peninsula Chicago present Whoville, an exhibition featuring over thirty art works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection. On view from September 9 to October 23, 2016, at The Peninsula Chicago, the exhibition coincides with the annual EXPO CHICAGO, the International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art (September 22-25, 2016). Whoville is the latest project from Circa 1881’s ongoing partnership with The Peninsula Hotels to present rotating art exhibitions of world-class contemporary art for the hotels’ public spaces. The winner of the 2016 CODAaward in the Hospitality category, Circa 1881 produces art exhibitions and programming in collaboration with noted collectors or from artworks on loan from private  collections it has under management. A Collection that Explores the Fantastical & Surreal Whoville is both an exclusive glimpse…

Bridge of Weir Leather Company continues its partnership with the Concours of Elegance in 2016 with a stunning display set to feature on the lawns of Windsor Castle celebrating a ‘Century of Iconic Interiors’. In the business of manufacturing leather for the automotive industry, Bridge of Weir has supplied many of the most iconic cars of the last century, with a small sample spanning key products of the past 100 years selected to represent the company at Windsor Castle. Ford Model T, Their First Customer A 1915 Ford Model T is an example of the very first automotive customer of Bridge of Weir Leather Company, a relationship that dates back to 1911 when the model first entered production in the UK at Trafford Park in Manchester.  The relationship between Bridge of Weir and Ford Motor Company continues to this day. This particular Model T Tourer is part of Ford’s own…

One of the biggest players in the UK fine art and antiques industry has unveiled a new international business that promises to break down ‘artificial’  barriers to benefit clients as they bring their property to market. Stephan Ludwig, former CEO of both The Fine Art Auction Group Ltd and, latterly, the antiques and fine art division of the Stanley Gibbons group, has launched Forum Auctions. Forum Auctions will operate out of London, Rome, Milan and New York in partnership with Philobiblon, the Contemporary art, books and works on paper specialists, bringing aboard some of the most respected specialists on the international scene. Technology, Client Focused Service and Key Industry Specialists Blend to Form Modern Collecting Experience Whilst initially focused on books, manuscripts, prints and photographs, Forum is planning to expand into a number of other ‘online friendly’ auction specialisations such as wine, watches, jewellery and numismatics. Ludwig is positioning the…

Investment grade handbags have grown in value by 7.8% a year on average since 2004, reveals the JustCollecting Handbag Index, updated in February 2016. HIGHLIGHTS OF THE INDEX Best performing handbags 2004-2016 CHANEL 2.55 Medium Classic Flap Bag: up 10.6% per annum to $5,000 Hermes 1990s Cognac Leather 40cm Birkin: up 10.3% pa to $13,000 Emilio Pucci 1970s Black Leather & Velvet Pucci handbag: up 8.8% pa to $550 Christian Dior Lady Dior Cannage: up 8.5% pa to $4,000 Coach 1960s Leather Sling Bag: up 7.9% pa to $250 “The designer handbag sector screams ‘investment potential’ Best performing handbags 2014-2016 Hermes 1990s Cognac Leather 40cm Birkin: up 30.0% to $13,000 Coach 1960s Leather Sling Bag: up 25.0% to $250 Christian Dior Lady Dior Cannage: up 14.3% to $4,000 Chanel 2.55 Medium Classic Flap Bag: up 11.1% to $5,000 Hermes Kelly 32cm Sellier Box Calf: up 10% to $5,500 Louis Vuitton…

Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World has outperformed all others between 2004 and 2014, reveals the inaugural edition of Paul Fraser Collectibles’ PFC40 First Edition Books Index. The index is up 140.3% – 9.2% per annum – over the 10-year period. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World achieved the greatest percentage increase in value – up 700% between 2004 and 2014, or 23.1% per annum, from £500 to £4,000. F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is the most valuable book in the top 40 at £90,000. JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone is the best performing contemporary work – up 19.3% per annum to £17,500. George RR Martin’s A Game of Thrones has performed well following the TV adaptation – up 14.1% per annum to £750. Most Valuable Books 1. F Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby: £90,000 2. James Joyce, Ulysses: £85,000 3. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein: £75,000 Best Performing Books…

Artwork and artists have never been so accessible. Art is everywhere from a local boutique to quaint art galleries in small towns. There is always art around us. Subject to taste, of course, but there are so many types of work to choose from. Whether your particular pleasure is paintings, sculpture, drawings, photography, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Artist and Patron: A Beautiful Relationship Historically, arts patrons were aristocracy, royalty, popes and others that used to financially support artists like painters, sculptors and musicians.  In the times of the Renaissance for example, artists were not painting what they liked, but painting all commissioned work, specifically for their patrons. Patrons are the lifeblood of artists. Powerful and wealthy patrons would have a master artist who had more artistic privilege and were highly respected people in the community.  It was during this period and under these circumstances that many of…