After retiring as Manchester United manager in spring of 2014 you might have thought Sir Alex was ready to really begin making the most of his 5000 strong collection of vintage wines. However, Britain’s most successful football manager, well known for sharing a glass of plonk with his opposition number after games, has decided to sell his collection at London auction house Christie’s. Read more
Facebook is seeking authorisation from the Central Bank of Ireland to become an ‘Electronic Money Institution’. Electronic money being defined as monetary value that is stored electronically, issued on the receipt of funds for the purpose of making transactions and accepted as means of payment by parties other than the issuer. Read more
Chris Evans declared today Classic Car Day on Twitter (#classiccarday) and has been encouraging thousands of people to share their love for classic cars. Evans is well known for his love of motors, having once paid £12 MILLION for a Ferrari 250 GTO (which he later sold for even more…).
We love our classic cars at Appreciating assets as you can see from all our previous luxury car blog posts, so we’re more than happy to see classic cars getting some love on Twitter. Read more
If you asked 100 people to name a precious metal, gold and silver would be clear favourites. But there are a huge variety of precious metals, some of which are more valuable than gold, and all more valuable than silver which is relatively cheap compared to some of these elements.
Samsung launched the Galaxy Gear in September last year, a smartwatch that was supposed to herald the big breakthrough of smartwatches as a mainstream gadget. Unfortunately for Samsung the product was met with generally negative reviews with criticism about the look and functionality. The extent of commercial success was also unclear as reports emerged in November that only 50,000 units had been sold, Samsung responded with a claim that they had ‘shipped’ 800,000 units, which, of course, does not imply how many were actually bought.
It’s been a big week for Bentley Motors, the Crewe-based Volkswagen subsidiary, who announced record profits of £139.7 million for 2013 this week, a 67% increase on 2012 figures. Increased demand from the U.S. and China helped fuel trade and saw them ship over 10,000 luxury cars last year.
At borro we’re used to seeing luxury items go under the hammer, whether it be diamonds, paintings, sports-cars, wine or priceless antiques, but sometimes value is in the eye of the beholder as these five unusual auction items prove. Read more
borro have lent against many unusual assets over the past few years, but in terms of unique assets, racehorses are in a class of their own. No other investment requires feeding, can run away when you’re not looking or is so liable to perishing without notice. Read more
“Literature is a luxury; fiction is a necessity.” – G.K. Chesterton.
The true value of great literature lies in what it offers to the reader, whether it is enlightenment, escapism or instruction. When a book achieves such status in society that it is culturally or historically priceless, it’s then that collectors start to think of it more as an antique and a potential investment.
All the books in our list below share certain traits, their age, their scarcity and their transformative power, religious, political, cultural and scientific. As people around the globe celebrate World Book Day we take a look at the world’s most expensive literature.