Stradivarius violin failed to sell at Sotheby’s auction.
The Macdonald Stradivarius violin, named after one of its previous owners Godfrey Bosville, the third Baron Macdonald, failed to sell at its Sotheby’s auction for £27 million ($45 million) in June 2014.
Once upon a time, there was a franchise worth nearly £15 billion, the memorabilia from said franchise (things like toy wands, scarves, video games etc.) making up nearly a third of that figure (1). This highly lucrative memorabilia collection belonged to none other than the Harry Potter franchise.
Tudor Watches Return to the UK this autumn
Tudor, the distant relative of the Rolex watch family is returning to the fold. The brand is set to re-enter the UK on 19th September.
The 1960s is considered by many car collectors to be a golden age for classic cars. Here we count down our list of Appreciating Assets’ top five 1960s classic cars. Let us know about your favourite 60′s classic in the comments below.
1960s Classic Cars
1961 – Jaguar E-Type Series 1
Gold is a metal that has been treasured by so many throughout human history. In this article we look at some of the more intricately design pieces of gold jewellery and some interesting facts about the metal that is valued so highly.
As more and more of our ‘property’ becomes online-only, how do we go about managing our digital estate? We look into the solutions offered by companies for how to preserve your digital assets.
How Social Media Networks are Digitizing the Dead
The Latest Smartwatches
We talked about the importance of style to smartwatches back in March and now we’re taking another look at some the latest smartwatches coming into the light this summer and some that are already available, but which of these smartwatches deserves your attention? While the latest smartwatches are nowhere close to replacing the smartphone, it seems to work as a nice addition to the smartphone for those who are tired of having to check their phones on a regular basis.
Its notification functions give you some detachment from your smartphone through making all your social network updates and e-mails known to you through a gentle vibration on the wrist along with other handy life monitoring features included.
The Marie Antoinette Watch – £17.6million
A watch so valuable they decided to reconstruct it. The Marie Antoinette pocket watch is a timepiece surrounded with rumours and encased in gold. The watch itself is named after the French Queen for whom it was intended and has been appropriately dubbed ‘the Queen’. It’s a watch worthy of royalty, however it is doubtful that Her Majesty Elizabeth II or any other royal figure will be receiving one for their next birthday, seeing as only 2 of the pocket watches exist. One of which is currently held by Swatch and the other by an Islamic art museum in Jerusalem.
Top Ten Most Expensive Watches
Horology is an art that is nearly as old as time itself and is something that people have dedicated their lives to, resulting in the creation of exceptional and stylish timepieces. Listed below are the top 10 most expensive watches of all time and some detail into what makes these incredible timepieces so valuable.
10. JP CHAMPION PLATINUM OBSERVATORY CHORONOMETER – £2.2 million
If you’ve invested in a beautiful Hermès Birkin bag you want to keep it in the absolute best condition possible. Partly because what good is showing off a designer bag with scuffs, stains and dents, but also because the value of pre-owned designer bags is at an all-time high and set to continue growing. The condition of the bag, along with the material, brand and accessories are the most important factors in determining value.