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The South of France, and more notably the French Riviera, has become one of the prime spots for a second home and luxury property investment. Many visit this famous European coastline during the spring and summer months, kicking off with the Cannes Film Festival and the F1 Monaco Grand Prix. During these events, many will decide to stay in some of the world’s most famed hotels in Cannes, including the Martinez, whilst others will reside in their apartments looking over the port of Fontvielle in Monaco, and the rest will relax by the pool of their grand and luxurious villa. The question is, how do you decide between a luxury modern villa in Saint Jean Cap Ferrat, one of the most sought after areas on the French Riviera for a luxury property, and a traditional, character property, perched on the well-famed Cap d’Antibes? Modern or Traditional? Each style has their…

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…

In 1986, the founder of NetJets was looking for a convenient and flexible way to fly so he considered buying a private jet. In weighing out the matters of ownership, the freedom made sense but where costs and responsibility were concerned, it did not. He then considered co-ownership however, there were even more issues. Managing the schedules of his intended co-owners proved impossible and there was still the issue of hiring pilots, hangar the plane, and managing its maintenance. All barriers at the time which also presented an opportunity. In this concert of need, discovery and analysis was the seed for a new concept in jet ownership that both fulfilled the desire for access to private jets with all the benefits also eliminating the hassles and unreasonable expense – the concept born was “Fractional Ownership”. Happy Owners and Grand Expansion In an interesting turn that speaks volumes of the business…

Here’s the problem. An investment implies that at some point you will choose to sell up. But when you own one of the world’s great collectible rarities, whether it’s an astronaut’s space suit, a 1960s Porsche, or a celebrated postage stamp, parting with it is no easy matter. Yet if you can let go, history has shown us that the world’s rarest, most prestigious items can offer terrific year-on-year returns. Here are five to consider for 2014: 1 Space flown memorabilia “This has been to the Moon?!”Items flown into space (or even better, to the Moon) are among the most prestigious pieces to own in the space memorabilia sector. That includes Moon-flown US flags signed by all three members of the historic Apollo 11 crew (worth around $60,000), mission flown Robbins medals (Apollo 17 ones are the rarest of the Apollo missions with just 80 flown – valued at around…

LUXURY NEWS: (Netherlands) 2012: The Netherlands national Bay van der Bunt has claimed the title of owning the “world’s largest collection of old liquors”. Sadly, however, he’s willing to relinquish the title for the price $8 million (US). The historic collection holds over 5,000 bottled liquors to include 250 years old cognac, whisky, armagnac, port, madeira and rare liqueurs. According to Bay, he and his wife do not have any children or potential heirs who would be able to take care of their prized collection. “So sadly, I have to let it go,” he said with a sense of remorse. Rare & Historical Spirits The 63-year-old Dutch speaking collector, who oddly doesn’t drink not the precious elixirs himself, has over the years dedicated his life to finding the rarest and finest spirits on earth. Many of the cognacs, dating back to 1789, the year of the French revolution and the…

Collecting is an age-old hobby, a passion to buy, hunt for and accumulate treasures. But it seems that the drive to collect beautiful things has disappeared, primarily with the forty and under crowd. They appear to be far more interested in gadgets than objects. You may argue that serious collecting doesn’t begin until one has gone through college, married, and had children and a house. Maybe you have to be in your mid-40s to decide to invest in a collection. But that doesn’t seem right. I started collecting before I was ten. Back in the early 60s, kids collected baseball cards, dolls, stamps, coins (who didn’t have those little blue books?), Tonka toys and so on. Today what do they collect? Video games, Facebook friends, and iPhone aps. I believe that collecting is a bug that you catch early on and continue to nurture through adulthood. It’s no surprise that…