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August 15, 2014

Most people wouldn’t fancy tapping into a beverage bottled in the time of Napoleon, but the longevity of liquors means some of the rarer tipples can pull extraordinary prices among well-heeled consumers.

When self-made Dutch millionaire Bay van der Bunt put his extensive cellar up for sale a couple of years ago, he shone a light on both the collectibility and the investability of rare liquors. His 5,000-bottle collection, said to be the world’s largest, included a cognac that had travelled with Napoleon’s army, and another from the Duke of Windsor’s Paris cellar. In all, it was valued at €6 million.

April 3, 2014

Forget attending packed auctions and phone bids, buying a top-end collectible is now just a click away. 

In December of 2012 Edward Hopper’s painting October on Cape Cod (pictured, below right) was sold at auction by Christie’s for $9.6 million (€7.1 million). Nothing unusual about that, you might say. But the buyer wasn’t in the room, and not even on the end of a phone, but watching the auction live through an online stream. That is, so far, the most that anybody has paid for a painting while bidding over the internet.

January 28, 2014

Many single family offices do not have the resources to properly govern the private art collections of their clients, despite some matching those of museums in terms of complexity and scale, according to a new academic paper.

Many single family offices do not have the resources to properly govern the private art collections of their clients, despite some matching those of museums in terms of complexity and scale, according to a new academic paper.

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%.

November 21, 2013

Luxury timepieces often become heirlooms passed through the family, and likewise the craft of watchmaking is often a family affair. CampdenFB reports on some of the industry’s most respected family firms

In what must be the luxury industry’s best-known advertising campaign, a father and son are shown engaging in bonding activities – driving a boat, fixing a vintage car, sitting in dad’s office – in which the watch on the father’s wrist is apparently incidental. “You never actually own a Patek Philippe,” the ad famously advises. “You merely look after it for the next generation.”

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 26, 2013

Tokyo has long been the coolest town in Asia, but Seoul is now giving it a run for its money. Hip new stores, salons and boutiques are opening left, right and centre. Campden checks out what the city has in store.

Tokyo has long been the coolest town in Asia, but Seoul is now giving it a run for its money. Hip new stores, salons and boutiques are opening left, right and centre. Impressive architectural landmarks are being built, arguably the most spectacular being Zaha Hadid’s Dongdaemun Design Park and Plaza.

June 7, 2013

Porsche, one of Germany's most famous family businesses, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic 911 model with a new, limited edition of the car.

Porsche, one of Germany's most famous family businesses, is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its iconic 911 model with a new, limited edition of the car.

The new 911 coupe features a flat-six rear engine and rear wheel drive and goes from zero to 100 kilometres per hour in just 4.5 seconds – only 1,963 models will be made, to represent the year of the 911's launch.

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.

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