The Silverstone Classic Car Auction Review 2015


The Silverstone Classic celebrated its 25th anniversary this year. A motor sport spectacular blending everything from pre-war Bentleys to modern-era Le Mans classics, this is a huge event and well worth a visit with something for everyone, even a Status Quo concert!

Our focus however is on the auction, a three-day event run by relative newcomers Silverstone Auctions. In just four years they have established themselves as a high quality car auction specialist with a particular focus on 80s and 90s automobiles. For the 2015 sale they ran a specific competition car sale on the Thursday followed by a two-day road car sale on Saturday and Sunday.

Porsche 911 964 Clubsport RS

Porsche 911 964 Clubsport RS.

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McLaren 12C – A British icon in the making


McLaren MP4-12C

McLaren MP4-12C

The MP4-12C was originally launched back in 2011 and aimed squarely at taking on the Ferrari 458. While on paper the specifications suggested it was a fair comparison, the Ferrari had the luxury of years of road car development from a manufacturer that was first founded back in 1929. For McLaren Automotive this was an all-new project, albeit with a rich history of success in Formula 1 and Le Mans.
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Fine Wine as an Investment

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What is Fine Wine Investment?

When it comes to the definition of fine wine, it is one that is difficult to capture in a few sentences. This is due to the subjective nature of perceptions that wine quality is viewed through. It is a term that comes infused with the aromas of finery and money and as such makes for an area ripe for investment. Buying fine wine as an investment is something that has grown in popularity since the 1980s and is becoming an asset of more interest to investors
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Bonhams Goodwood Sale Offers Something For Everyone


The Bonhams Goodwood Festival of Speed sale is traditionally the highlight of the British auction calendar. In recent years it has hit the headlines with some record-breaking sales including the stunning ex-Juan Manuel Fangio Mercedes W196R which sold for £17.7 million in 2013.

2004-Rolls-Royce-Phantm-Saloon

So, what does this fine auction have available this year? If you’re searching for a bargain how about the rather notorious Rolls-Royce Phantom, previously owned by a crime lord known as ‘Don Car-Leone’. Once found with £800,000 of cash in its boot the car is now up for sale with an extremely low reserve of just £30,000 – £50,000. Be warned though, there are no documents, the 9,630 mileage is incorrect and it hasn’t been taxed since 2009 so is in need of some re-commissioning, details of which are available on request.

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Is the Apple Watch a Threat to Luxury Watches?

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With the release of the Apple Watch in April came a challenger to the luxury watch market – the Gold Apple Watch.

It has been a subject of debate to whether the Apple Watch has the potential to make an impact on the luxury watch market and what it means for the future of the wristwatch.

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Patek Philippe’s Grand Exhibition and the Grandmaster Chime


A summer’s day walking through Sloane Square and I find myself thinking how interesting can a watch exhibition actually be? I had my doubts, as I came up on the Saatchi Gallery. I had never been before, but its neo-classic architecture had me appreciating the place before I’d even entered. Walking up the 4 steps, beneath the colonnade I was reminded that the ancient Greeks used to build temples that inspired these designs with 3 steps, so a person would exit / enter the temple on their lucky foot (your right foot). The 4th step on the Saatchi gallery, however, denied me and entering in on my unlucky foot made it seem even more likely that I’d be leaving the place with my interest in Patek Philippe unsatisfied.

How wrong I was.

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What a Luxury Watch can say About you

Patek Philippe

An assets worth is only as much as a buyer is willing to pay for it. Establishing that worth through the brand’s identity so that its products no longer appear just as commodities, more so as necessities, should be an aspiration for any luxury brand looking for a legacy. Some luxury brands do this effortlessly, their quality and heritage making them appear as a natural and essential integration into the everyday lives. A key factor that can assist in the tailoring of that identity is the relaying of information that informs what that luxury brand’s about; the fine art of advertising.

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Luxury Asset Security – An In Depth Look


As people across London left the capital to spend the Easter Weekend holidays with family and friends, a group of thieves were making their way into the heart of the city to pull off a heist in Hatton Garden – emptying over seventy safe-deposit boxes and making off with the precious and highly valuable assets within. Estimates on how much was stolen still vary – but police revealed at a press conference that at least £35 million worth of cash and jewellery had been taken.
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Watching the Stars – Who Wears What Brands


Rolex Sponsor the Wimbledon Championships

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Luxury brands thrive on their association with the rich, famous and prestigious. It’s why Chopard sponsor the Cannes Film Festival, why Roger Federer pops a gold Rolex on before he lifts the Wimbledon Trophy and why Grey Goose Vodka is an official partner of Virgin Galactic – because what would be more at home in a space shuttle than hard liquor.
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