Establishing a Papertrail for Your Art Collection: What You Need to Know


Importance of Background Information

As you are developing an art collection, it is important to have background information on each piece of artwork you acquire. Having this information will aid in cataloguing your art collection as well as selling or borrowing against it.

The information you should have on record is:

  • Artist’s name
  • Title of the piece and year it was created
  • Dimensions and medium of the piece
  • Details of the markings or signatures on the piece
  • The object’s condition and provenance
  • Auction and exhibition history for the object

Locating Pertinent Data

Some of the details are straightforward but you may not be sure where to find others. The first place to look is the receipt, especially one from a gallery. It will list the basics of the artwork e.g., artist name, title and year of the artwork) but also the provenance and it serves as proof of ownership. The receipt should always be kept when purchasing artwork.


Source: Christie’s

The back of a painting is incredibly important as it has various pieces of information that can provide provenance and auction history. A past appraisal or a condition report prepared by a reputable conservator are also helpful as they would hold information on the medium, material, markings and signature.

Determining the Medium

Identifying the medium of the artwork can also be tricky. Here are some tips:

  • If the painting has an edition number, it is most likely a print and not a canvas.
  • Oil paintings and water colours have distinct appearances making them simpler to identify
  • Having high resolution photos of the pieces in your art collection are imperative as they can assist a valuation specialist with determining the factors you may be having difficulty with.

Historical Significance                      

Knowing the exhibition and publication history of an artwork is also significant. The fact that an artwork has been critically assessed helps a potential seller or lender gain a level of comfort with it. Exhibitions and publications also provide provenance. If an artwork has appeared in a publication, it means it was written about by someone knowledgeable about the art and well-known in the industry. It invariably provides validation for the artwork. Artworks that have been featured in exhibitions and publications are also viewed favourably in the marketplace and may enhance the demand.

Most sellers and lenders will want to know the auction history of an artwork so this another set of information that is important to have. The auction history is also used to add credibility to the artwork. Previous and recent offerings for sale can have an impact upon the value that is offered for the artwork.

 Proving Ownership

Lastly, and perhaps most obviously, you must be able to prove ownership of the artwork. You will not be able to sell or borrow against your piece without proof that you have sole ownership of it. This would again be demonstrated by a formal receipt or notarized document that confirms your ownership.

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The Value of Gold Investment


Importance of Gold in Ancient Civilizations

Since the beginning of recorded history civilization has regarded gold to be a symbol of status and wealth. It has been used as an enduring symbol to express some of the most important rituals and stories of a culture. In Ancient Egypt, for example, it was used to decorate the tombs of pharaohs as well as to make currency. Gold and electrum (an alloy of gold and silver) were also worn by the Egyptian people in jewellery. Through the years and as civilization has developed it has taken on different roles, but for as long as it has been mined, gold has always held a prominent place in society.


Current Mining Capacity

 Throughout all of human history it is estimated that 180,000 tons of gold have been mined. Though this might sound like a lot, it is a relatively small amount when you consider that all of that gold would fit into a cube of a little over 20 meters. Currently, the worldwide mining capacity is at around 2,500 tons of gold every year. Of this amount, a staggering 2,000 tons is used for jewellery with a small amount of this being used in dentistry. That leaves only around 500 tons of gold per annum earmarked for bullion and investment.

Gold as a Safe-Haven

In modern times gold has been used in the form of coins to build confidence in the currency. When the gold standard was abandoned in the early 1970s, it became a powerful investment vehicle.


Today, many people invest in gold as a safe-haven asset – a hedge against inflation. As the cost of living rises, so does the price of gold. Further to this, other variables that gold reacts to include interest rates, inflation, The U.S. Dollar and other currencies, political news, other commodities, and so on. For the amateur investor, here are a few points to pay attention to when considering gold:

  • Gold does not gain interest, so if interest rates are lower than the rate of inflation the price of gold will naturally rise, and vice versa.
  • Gold is dollar-denominated, so if the price of gold rises against the dollar it becomes more expensive to buyers around the world, which may curb demand for the commodity.
  • Gold is an asset that you can physically hold as an investment. Sure, there are gold stocks and mining companies that you can invest in, but you can also hold the real thing if you wish. It is also a very liquid asset.


Investment in Other Precious Metals

In addition to gold, there might be an appeal to invest in other precious metals – mainly silver, platinum, and palladium. Unlike gold, these alternative metals are often used for industrial purposes and, therefore, have a stronger positive correlation to the economy. They also have a very different relationship with the markets than gold does. Take platinum for example – it is a much rarer metal than gold and is much more expensive to mine, so it generally trades at a higher price than gold. Today, however, gold is at approximately 30% higher than platinum – £1,019 per ounce compared to £780 per ounce. For the casual investor who is considering dabbling in alternative precious metals, it is important to research the economic relationships because trading platinum, silver, and palladium – as these metals certainly have greater risk attached to them than that of gold trading.


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With all investments there is certainly risk involved, but having some gold in your portfolio is a great way to add diversification to your investment book, whether in physical bullion or mining stocks. Unlike coins, paper currency or other assets, gold has maintained its value over time and has acted as a security in times of economic volatility. For this reason, many people see the commodity as a way to preserve wealth that can be passed on to the next generation.

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£26.7M in Sales at Barrett-Jackson 2016

Auctions don’t get much glitzier than the Barrett-Jackson sale at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas. This year was the 9th annual sale and in contrast to Europe’s slightly up and down results, Barrett Jackson saw a 99.2% sell-through rate which totalled more than £26.7 million.

“This Las Vegas auction proved that Barrett-Jackson continues to set the bar for sales, attendance and broadcast coverage among collector car auctions,” said Craig Jackson, chairman and CEO of Barrett-Jackson. “We experienced extraordinary television coverage with 24 hours being broadcast in the U.S. on Discovery and Velocity, as well 24 hours in Canada and 20 hours in the United Kingdom. We’re proud to fuel the collector car hobby by bringing our live auctions into the living rooms of fans around the world.”

The top five vehicles sold during the 2016 Las Vegas auction include:

1969 Ford Mustang Boss 429 – $357,500 (£293,634) (Lot #749)


1967 Ford Shelby GT500SE Super Snake – $275,500 (£226,283) (Lot #741)1967-ford-shelby-gt500se-super-snake

2008 Dodge Viper SRT/10 Hurst 50th Anniversary – $220,000 (£180,698) (Lot #398)

2009 Mosler MT900 GTR Twin-Turbo Custom Prototype “IAD Land Shark” – $220,000 (£180,698) (Lot #744)

2012 Rolls-Royce Silver Ghost Sedan “Pawn Stars” – $181,500 (£149,075) (Lot #730)

1962-jaguar-xke-roadsterThe Tammy Allen Collection was a featured attraction during the auction. The Collection included some highly-prized vehicles, including the 2008 Dodge Viper SRT/10 Hurst 50th Anniversary that sold for $220,000 (£180,698), a 1962 Jaguar XKE Roadster selling for $165,000 (£135,523), as well as a 1953 Buick Skylark Convertible and the “Wasabi” 1950 Mercury Coupe, both of which sold for $159,500 (£131,006).1960-chevrolet-corvette-283-270-convertibleOne particular lot that caught our eye was a beautiful 1960 Chevrolet Corvette 283/270 Convertible. A timeless classic that would look at home on Sunset Boulevard, London’s Kings Road and Monte-Carlo. At a sale price of just $51,700 (£42,464) is there another car out there at this price with such an iconic look?2016 has been a bumper year for Barrett Jackson and now we look ahead to the next Scottsdale auction in January where records will no doubt tumble again. 

“This year was our 45th Anniversary and we’ve had a lot to celebrate,” said Jackson. “In Scottsdale we set new records at every turn, including the sale of 2017 Acura NSX VIN #001, which sold for $1.2 million for charity. In Palm Beach, we welcomed Hollywood megastar William Shatner on stage to help sell two cars from his collection. At our inaugural Northeast Auction in Connecticut, tickets sold out within hours after gates opened and the vehicle docket closed well in advance due to strong demand. It was the first double sell-out in our company’s 45-year history. It’s only fitting that we top off our 45th Anniversary in Las Vegas with exceptional international TV coverage and sales, making it a truly banner year for our company, as well as our bidders, consignors, sponsors and fans.”

© 2016 Barrett-Jackson Auction Company, LLC.

About the Author

Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 17 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, gasoline is very much in his veins.

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Brexit Brings Fleeting Opportunity for Watch Enthusiasts

Britain, particularly London, is not known for its bargains. But, thanks to the unexpected result of the EU Referendum, that’s all changed. Britain has rolled the dice and the luxury watch market has been dealt a fortunate hand…but for how long can this lucky streak continue?


Image courtesy of Azimuth

Before Brexit hit the country like a hurricane, industry experts predicted a price hike due to the anticipated collapse of the pound. Even Rolex, who hadn’t altered their prices since 2012, were rumoured to have an increase in the works. But since the country voted to leave the EU, some brands have been slow to act.

Any brand that resisted the urge to raise prices and decided instead to ride out the dip in Sterling, are seriously good value right now (especially if you’re a tourist able to buy without tax!). But even the brands that have raised their prices are set to get cheaper (again) as the currency is predicted to collapse further as the Good Ship Britannia sails for stormy seas.

But how long can this fortuitous situation for the travelling consumer continue? What’s going to happen long term when the dust settles?

Out in the Cold or Blazing a Trail?

Britain has always been held in high esteem by fashionistas. London is many a designer’s spiritual home, and the diversity of the city has given birth to some of the greatest cultural phenomena in history.


Image courtesy of Christophe Claret

But the ‘coolness’ of Britain is under threat thanks to 52% of the population proclaiming they’d rather go it alone. Britain used to be cool because it was the plucky member of the gang, but it seems they might have gone one step too far by shunning the bonds history forged for a reason.

There are many uncertainties around the future of the relationship between Britain and the EU. There could be major changes, but the likelihood is a perpetuation of the status quo under a new banner that champions diversity instead of unity.

Whichever way the country goes, the truth of the matter is this: Brexit has created a startling window of opportunity for overseas watch collectors to add to their stash, but how long that window remains open is anyone’s guess.


Fell Jensen is a Swiss-trained watchmaker working as an industry analyst.

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H&H October Auction – A Return to Normal?

In the excitement of the big name auctions it’s easy to forget the smaller auction companies. This is often where you will find the more interesting lots and possibly a bargain. We preview the October H&H auction at the Imperial War Museum in Duxford.


2004 Bentley Continental GT

Modern Bentley ownership with a reserve of just £20,000–£22,000, sound tempting? The world stood still when the new Continental GT was revealed at the Geneva Motor Show in 2003. Muscular, elegant and obviously a Bentley the W12, twin-turbocharged car was also incredibly powerful. 552bhp, 0-60 in 4.8 seconds and a top speed just a sniff under 200mph.

Take one for a drive and you can’t help but fall for its charms of slow speed cruising comfort and elegance mixed with supercar power on tap. While this car is on a rather impressive 83,500 miles it has a solid history to back it up and that’s what is most important with a car like this. These are expensive cars to run and the history should be full and gap free to give you peace of mind that the previous owner looked after it properly.


Mercedes-Benz 190 E 2.6-16 Evolution II

Conceived to challenge the BMW E30 M3 in the world-famous German Touring Car Championship (DTM) the Evo II was Mercedes’ wild answer and in 1992 they took the first three places in the championship. Just 502 examples were built, making it rarer than the mighty BMW E30 M3 Sport Evolution. This particular car has covered around 45,000 miles which whilst more than a collector would like does mean the car can be used and at a tempting estimate of £60,000-£70,000, this could be a very shrewd and enjoyable investment.


Porsche 911 GT2 Club Sport

One of just 16 UK supplied RHD cars and still with its original invoice of £131,710, this is a very intriguing prospect. A one owner car purchased new from Park Lane in London by a racing driving with whom it has resided ever since. Known to many as the ‘widow maker’ the GT2 is not for the faint hearted and today will still give most modern supercars a run for their money. Many didn’t survive ownership and were crashed so finding an original straight car with no previous damage is important when buying a GT2. £95,000-£115,000 is an estimate that will attract a lot of interest.


Alfa Romeo GT1600 Junior

A useable Alfa Romeo with a few choice upgrades for £14,000-£18,000. There are two options here. Buy the car, enjoy it, keep it running and perhaps sell it next summer for a small profit. Or, you could buy it and turn it into the iconic GTA, recreation cars are often built from these models and a well-built recreation will sell for £80,000-£100,000. The trouble is, once you have done that you might not want to sell it!

H&H’s October auction is on the 12th. After the madness of RM Sotheby’s London sale, we’ll be watching this sale closely to see how the market sits.


Photo credit: © H&H Classics Limited

Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 17 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, petrol is very much in his veins.

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The Top 5 Most Expensive Lamborghinis

Ah, the Lamborghini – the car that embodies timeless success and innovative design, set out to thrill not just the driver, but all those who lay eyes on it. Each model is said to typify its own unique personality, yet none stray from the neat and muscular proportions of the Lamborghini body concept. The classic Herculean build of these super sports cars is an accurate representation of just how athletic their engines really are. The pairing of a sleek exterior and a mighty interior make for a perfect explanation as to why Lamborghini’s go for several million pounds. Let’s take a look at the top 5 most valuable models.

5. Aventador J: £2.15m
Would you believe me if I told you that this car took only 6 weeks to create? Well that’s what happened when CEO Stephan Winkelmann wanted to showcase “something special” at the upcoming Geneva show in 2012. Before it even took to the stage, it was purchased by one very wealthy customer who fell in love with the striking-red two-seater convertible. It may appear to be one of Lamborghinis’ more gentle designs, but don’t be fooled, it’s still got a 6.5-litre 700bhp V12 engine, setting its value at £2.15m.

Image Source: Top Gear

Image Source: Top Gear

4. Sesto Elemento Concept £2.18m

In fourth place is the Sesto Elemento, or rather “Sixth Element” in English. This refers to the atomic number of Carbon, reflecting Lamborghinis creative use of Carbon Fibre. With a striking name comes a striking body. All black, with red focal points and interior may appear a simple design, but this allows us to appreciate all of those sleek edges and refined corners. Fancy design is not necessary when the car speaks for itself – literally. You can hear the roar of the 5.2L engine from a fair distance and is guaranteed to turn a few heads. Which of course you should expect when this Seso Elemento sets you back £2.15m.

Image source: Nice Cars Info

Image source: Nice Cars Info

3. Egoista Concept £2.3m

It could be said that this is a rather odd model by Lamborghini – it has only one seat and you have to remove the steering wheel to actually get in. This may be why the Egoista remained a concept car. Yet, this is all the more space for muscle right? 600 HP of muscle to be exact. This, combined with the low curb weight and aggressive body places the Egoistas’ worth at a smug £2.3m.

Image Source: The Cool List

Image Source: The Cool List

2. Veneno £4m

Veneno – Spanish for venom. 6.5L of venom in this case. Much like the Roadster, the Veneno has unique aerodynamics with a strong focus on a lightweight physique. Even the bucket seats are made from Lamborghini’s patented Forged Composite. But don’t let the word ‘light’ mistake you for the heaviness of its force: 0-60pmh in a cute 2.8 seconds. This luxurious supercar is only available for 3 customers to own, and 3 very fortunate customers they are.

Image Source: Top Gear

Image Source: Top Gear

1. Lamborghini Veneno Roadster £4.3m

A 50th anniversary is a big one, a Golden Jubilee, and calls for a rather sizeable celebration. Lamborghini made no exception. In 2014, the Lamborghini Veneno Roadster hit the scene in order to commemorate the semi centennial event. An impressive car release calls for an impressive location – so the Veneno went to Abu Dhabi to take to a scene it was worthy of. All 9 of the Roadsters are convertible and have 6.5-litre engines and 750 horsepower. This car embodies innovation with the use of carbon fibre, which is used in the seats, dash board and even the wheels. Why? Well, the future of supercars lies in reducing weight and advancing aerodynamics, rather than increasing the power of the engine. The forward-thinking and revolutionary design of the Veneno means that its value is placed at a rather large £4.3m.

Image Source: The Richest

Image Source: The Richest

Just by looking at these 5 extremely handsome supercars, we can see that Lamborghini truly knows what it’s doing when it comes to luxury. Design and speed are always held on the highest podiums, with neither falling short of the other. We can only wonder what the company has in store for us next.

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Porsche 911 R Featured at Bonhams Zoute Auction


When Porsche announced the 911 R buyers went crazy, desperate to get on the order list with just 991 cars being built. In these modern times where the automobile is so collectable sadly a mixture of pure investors and speculators also got in on the fun meaning that many genuine car enthusiasts and collectors missed out.


So why is it so special? The 911 R represented a return to a purer driving experience from Porsche. The current 911 GT3 runs a PDK automatic transmission and the 911 R is a manual, it also has a narrower body and is lighter in weight when compared to the GT3, 50kg lighter to be precise. This is thanks to the manual transmission being lighter than the excellent PDK system, less sound insulation, carbon fiber front wings and a titanium exhaust.

porsche-911-rThese changes inspired fans all around the world desperate for the classic 911 feel in a modern package, the 911 R did not disappoint.

Book price if you were one of the lucky few was €200,000. In truth the cars were sold before the 911 R was even revealed at the Geneva motor show back in March. With first deliveries now falling into customers hands they are starting to pop up on the market for between €500,000-€600,000 a healthy profit I am sure you will agree. It could be argued that the car was a little too cheap in the first place and Porsche could have easily sold the cars for €300,000.


This October the first car to appear at auction is coming up at the popular Bonhams Zoute sale in Belgium. It will be interesting to see how the car is received at an auction typically associated with fine classic cars, although there is no doubt the 911 R is already a classic. The Swedish car was delivered to its owner in July, numbered 135 and has just 52 kilometers on the odometer. How you could resist driving such a car is beyond the team at Borro!

Bonhams motoring representative in Belgium, Gregory Tuytens said, “The Porsche 911 R is a car for real purists and fully justifies the title of the most sought-after modern Porsche today. We believe our very fair estimate will attract a great deal of attention from enthusiasts keen to acquire one of the rarest Porsche around.”


That estimate is €250,000-€350,000, it’s certainly very keen and will attract interest, but don’t be surprised if the hammer price drops closer to a cool €1m!

© Bonhams 2016

Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 17 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, gasoline is very much in his veins.

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TEFAF Makes Its New York Debut

Tiffany Studios Favrile glass peacock vase c.1898, 7.5in high, $48,500 from Lillian Nassau of New York at the new TEFAF show at the Park Avenue Armoury.

Tiffany Studios Favrile glass peacock vase c.1898, 7.5in high, £37,260 from Lillian Nassau of New York at the new TEFAF show at the Park Avenue Armoury.


Shifting American Priorities

Since the days of John Pierpont Morgan and Henry Clay Frick, New World buyers seeking Old World treasures have been key to the prosperity of the European art and antique trade. But in a post 9/11 era when both priorities and collecting fashions have changed, do Americans still come to Europe to buy art and antiques?

It is a painful truth that since the turn of the 21st century – while the committed collector, curator, interior designer and dealer continues to make the journey – many potential spenders have chosen to stay at home. Of the 75,000 visitors to last year’s The European Fine Art Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, around 2,500 (3%) were from the United States. Good, but not good enough for the world’s foremost art and antiques show.

Replicating the Magic of Maastricht

It is in this context that TEFAF, umbrella organiser of the Maastricht fair, are launching two boutique events in the Park Avenue Armoury on the Upper East Side of New York City. TEFAF New York Fall runs from October 21-26 with the follow-up spring event on May 4-7, 2017.

On paper, at least, there are caveats. The events calendar is bursting, the supply of museum quality objects is finite and, in the pursuit of the American dream, the ‘once a year’ magic of Maastricht could be lost. However, in reality, TEFAF New York comes with fewer risks.

The sole surviving example of the first printed version of The Capitulations of Santa Fe from the Fundaçion Casa d’Alba c.1528 priced at £650,000 by Daniel Crouch Rare Books at TEFAF New York. Signed in 1492, the Capitulations laid down the conditions under which Christopher Columbus was to set off on his first voyage. He was granted the titles Admiral of the Ocean Sea, Viceroy, Governor-General and honorific Don of the Indies, and was to receive ten percent of all riches obtained from the voyage

The sole surviving example of the first printed version of The Capitulations of Santa Fe from the Fundaçion Casa d’Alba c.1528 priced at £650,000 by Daniel Crouch Rare Books at TEFAF New York. Signed in 1492, the Capitulations laid down the conditions under which Christopher Columbus was to set off on his first voyage. He was granted the titles Admiral of the Ocean Sea, Viceroy, Governor-General and honorific Don of the Indies, and was to receive ten percent of all riches obtained from the voyage.

The twin shows effectively rebrand and reshape two established events. The October show takes the place of The International Fine Art & Antique Dealers Show – the first fully vetted event of its type in the US when launched 28 years ago. While the May slot comes courtesy of Spring Masters, managed since 2014 by Artvest, who are TEFAF’s partners in the venture. Both dates are gold dust at a time when the Armoury authorities are cutting back on art and antiques events and provide a natural springboard from which to launch.

Nor are these ‘new’ fairs on the scale of Maastricht. In contrast to the 270 exhibitors at the MECC in Holland – a venue purpose built for international expos and trade fairs – the drill hall and rooms on the first and second floors of the Armory allows for a more modest 94 dealers.

London silver dealers Koopman Rare Art will take pieces by Paul Storr to TEFAF New York including this neoclassical soup tureen and stand, 1798. It was made for presentation to Thomas Willing, president of the Bank of the United States, by the bank’s stockholders on January 8, 1799. The engraving recognises Willing’s service during Philadelphia’s yellow fever epidemics in the 1790s. It is priced at £150,000.

London silver dealers Koopman Rare Art will take pieces by Paul Storr to TEFAF New York including this neoclassical soup tureen and stand, 1798. It was made for presentation to Thomas Willing, president of the Bank of the United States, by the bank’s stockholders on January 8, 1799. The engraving recognises Willing’s service during Philadelphia’s yellow fever epidemics in the 1790s. It is priced at £150,000.

Proof is in the Pudding

Stands sold out quickly to a range of A-listers – in contrast to the lukewarm reception that greeted plans for a joint TEFAF-Sotheby’s venture in Beijing three years ago. With hindsight, the decision to shelve a 2013 fair in China looks the right one. A New York show, building on established events in the world’s art market capital, is surely a much safer bet.

Proof that America remains the single most important overseas market to British dealers in particular, comes with another initiative a fortnight later.

On November 9-13, members of the British Antique Dealers Association (BADA) will exhibit from a dedicated pavilion at the New York Art, Antique and Jewelry Show at Pier 94.  A promotional partnership between BADA and organisers The Palm Beach Show Group has been formed in the wake of the Brexit vote that has seen sterling weaken against the dollar. “With the change in the value of the pound, now is the time for us to create new opportunities for BADA members in the US markets,” says BADA chief executive Marco Forgione.

European dealers look forward to sometime in the future when American collectors return in number to their shores. But for now, as the saying goes, if the mountain won’t come to Muhammad, Muhammad must go to the mountain. For three weeks this fall, New Yorkers in search of Old World treasures will be spoilt for choice.

Roland Arkell (LinkedIn) is the Contributing Editor at ATG Media.  For almost two decades, Roland has been writing about the British and international art and antiques market for Antiques Trade Gazette, the leading publication for serious buyers and sellers of art and antiques.

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Navigating Japanese Car Auctions


As prices of Porsche 911s continue to rise, Borro looks at Japanese car auctions to see if there are still any bargains to be had.

Using a popular website direct from Japan we bypassed the middle man. If you’re planning on buying from auction the only way you will see gains is by going direct to source. By the time you have bought through a locally based company their margins will have wiped out any profit there is to be made. We took a look at some recent sales. Please bear in mind we are only going on the auction details made available. If you are seriously interested in buying from a Japanese auction, we would suggest flying out and personally checking the cars yourself.


1976 Porsche 911 2.7

This car looks great in the three photos displayed but is rated as a Grade 2. This means it is in poor condition and best avoided. The hammer dropped on the car at £16,570. As the bodywork looks clean apart from a few scratches that would suggest possible engine or chassis issues. a 2.7 engine can have a top end rebuild for around £5,000. Factor in £4,000 for shipping and duty, paperwork and a new registration plate and you are looking at a total spend of £25,570. In the UK market you could expect to sell for at least £30,000.


1991 Porsche 911 964 Carrera 2

Grade 4. This is a car in good condition, sensible mileage with a few scratches. Manual 964 Carrera 2s continue to fetch strong money but at £43,070 it is strong money, matching those in the UK. One trick up its sleeve though is it is on just 57,000km. We think this is just a bit too close to call and would suggest not importing.

2000 Porsche 911 996 GT3 Mk1

With a sale price of £52,740 this GT3 is simply too close to current values in the UK.


2001 Porsche 911 996 Turbo

Now this is very tempting. £23,700 for a 911 Turbo. While the 996 Carrera has a bad name for engine failure the Turbo engine is completely different. While prices have steadily risen in the UK, it seems importers are yet to cash in on Turbos in Japan. A car like this will sell for over £35k in the UK now.


1983 Porsche 911 930 Turbo

At a hammer price of £47,170 this is a tricky one to call. It’s obviously not a standard car but the Turbo is now a highly sought after model. The odometer reads just 28,000km and suggests the car is in good condition. Without seeing the car in person it is hard to make a call but it would most certainly be on our list of cars to inspect, if we travelled out to Japan.

As you can see above, it’s not an obvious way to buy a 911 on the cheap but there are some interesting cars out there and potentially the returns can be big. But buying anything without viewing it is dangerous. Therefore, if you wanted to explore this route of investment we would suggest you travel out, watch a few auctions, inspect the cars to understand how good the grading system is, then purchase a few in one hit. Transport them back in one container and then use them, fix them or sell them!

Happy bidding!

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About the Author: Tim Hutton has been involved in the automotive industry for 17 years, creating ideas and content for premium brands. When not writing about cars, you will find him driving them all around the world. Having learned to drive at seven in a racing car, petrol is very much in his veins.

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NostalgiaBonhamsFine Art & Antiques06/10/2016London
Post-war & Contemporary Art Evening AuctionChristie'sFine Art & Antiques06/10/2016London
The Italian SaleChristie'sFine Art & Antiques06/10/2016London
The Italian SaleSotheby'sFine Art & Antiques07/10/2016London
Post-war & Contemporary Art Day AuctionChristie'sFine Art & Antiques07/10/2016London
Contemporary Art Day AuctionSotheby'sFine Art & Antiques08/10/2016London
A Royal CollectionBonhamsFine Art & Antiques11/10/2016London
Through a Collectors Eye: The Kenzo Kagami Collection of Postwar Japanese ArtChristie'sFine Art & Antiques11/10/2016London
Asobi: Japanese & Korean Postwar ArtChristie'sFine Art & Antiques11/10/2016London
THE MARINE SALEBonhamsFine Art & Antiques12/10/2016London, Knightsbridge
Scottish ArtBonhamsFine Art & Antiques12/10/2016Edinburgh
The Art of Lebanon Part II and Modern and Contemporary Middle Eastern ArtBonhamsFine Art & Antiques12/10/2016London
Watches Online AuctionChristie'sFine Art & Antiques12/10/2016Online
Christie's Jewels OnlineChristie'sJewellery12/10/2016Online
Gordon Watson: The CollectorChristie'sFine Art & Antiques13/10/2016London
The Autumn Stafford SaleBonhamsFine Art & Antiques16/10/2016Stafford
HOME & INTERIORSBonhamsFine Art & Antiques18/10/2016London, Knightsbridge
Modern Contemporary South Asian ArtSotheby'sFine Art & Antiques18/10/2016London
Home & InteriorsBonhamsFine Art & Antiques18/10/2016London
Islamic and Indian ArtBonhamsFine Art & Antiques18/10/2016London
Oriental Rugs and CarpetsChristie'sFine Art & Antiques18/10/2016London
The Represenation of the Body: Works from the Shalom Shipilman CollectionChristie'sFine Art & Antiques18/10/2016Online
Arts of the Islamic WorldSotheby'sFine Art & Antiques19/10/2016London
The Khosrovani-Diba CollectionSotheby'sFine Art & Antiques19/10/2016London
The Sporting SaleBonhamsFine Art & Antiques19/10/2016Edinburgh
Science and Natural HistoryChristie'sFine Art & Antiques19/10/2016London
The Library of an English Bibliophile, Part VISotheby'sFine Art & Antiques20/10/2016London
20th Century Art: Middle EastSotheby'sFine Art & Antiques20/10/2016London
Fine and Rare Wines from the Avery Family CellarChristie'sFine Wine20/10/2016London
Art of the Islamic and Indian WorldsChristie'sFine Art & Antiques20/10/2016London
Arts and Textiles of the Islamic and Indian WorldsChristie'sFine Art & Antiques21/10/2016London
European TasteSotheby'sFine Art & Antiques25/10/2016London
From Earth to FireSotheby'sFine Art & Antiques25/10/2016London
British and European ArtBonhamsFine Art & Antiques25/10/2016London
Death and Desire - The Collection of Ciancarlo BeeltrameChristie'sFine Art & Antiques25/10/2016Online
ColllectionsSotheby'sFine Art & Antiques26/10/2016London
Masterpieces of Bohemian Glass: Part IIIBonhamsFine Art & Antiques26/10/2016London
Historical DesignChristie'sFine Art & Antiques26/10/2016London
DesignChristie'sFine Art & Antiques26/10/2016London
InteriorsChristie'sFine Art & Antiques26/10/2016London
Fine and Rare WinesBonhamsFine Art & Antiques27/10/2016London
First Open - EditionsChristie'sFine Art & Antiques27/10/2016London
Inspiring Art Since 1965Christie'sFine Art & Antiques27/10/2016London