Six Nations of Luxury Assets 2017

For 2017’s tournament, we have created a new list of assets representing each of the six nations.

England

https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20994/lot/116/

TR3 A, 1959, Triumph

Based on the TR2 developed by Triumph to compete with the likes of Jaguar and MG, the TR3 debuted in 1955. Although Triumph vehicles do not achieve the same eye-watering prices as 1950’s Jaguars, they are fun to drive and simple to maintain, making them consistently popular amongst collectors. Bonham’s sold the model pictured above for £28,068.

France

http://www.sothebys.com/en/auctions/ecatalogue/2009/important-watches-ge0901/lot.105.html Mystery Clock Model A, 1919, Cartier

Cartier debuted their Mystery Clocks in the early 20th century, showcasing the company’s technical ability and design flair the hands appear to float in mid-air. This particular clock features rose-cut diamonds and gold trim on an onyx base. In 2009 Sotheby’s sold the Model A shown here for £185,555.

Ireland

Murphy (manuscript), 1935 – 1936, Samuel Beckett

This collection of handwritten notebooks contain the text that eventually became Samuel Beckett’s first novel, Murphy. Featuring annotations, corrections, and drawings, they offer insight into Beckett’s creative process and the development of the novel itself. In 2013 they were purchased by the University of Reading for £952,500 at Sotheby’s.

Italy

http://www.bonhams.com/auctions/23346/lot/621/

Diamond Necklace, c. 1935, Bulgari

Featuring almost 88 carats of diamonds, Bulgari’s necklace is a stunning example of Art Deco jewellery. The exclusive use of diamonds reflects the Art Deco ethos, while the use of large stones was a signature part of Bulgari’s style in the 1930’s. This particular necklace sold for £645,406 at Bonham’s in June of 2016.

Scotland

http://auctions.lyonandturnbull.com/auction-lot-detail/CHARLES-RENNIE-MACKINTOSH-(SCOTTISH-1868-1928)-SUITE-OF-SILV/370+++++++21+/++156413

Silver Cutlery, 1902, Charles Rennie Mackintosh

This group of 2 forks and 2 spoons was part of a larger suite designed by famous Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh. Commissioned by the director of the Glasgow School of Art, Fra Newbery, they were part of a set of 12 full settings. Just four pieces from the set (pictured above) sold for £30,000 in 2012 at Lyon & Turnbull auction house in Edinburgh.

Wales

http://www.christies.com/LotFinder/lot_details.aspx?intObjectID=5812505 ‘Love Tormenting The Soul’, 1837, John Gibson

John Gibson was a Welsh Neoclassical sculptor who travelled to Rome in 1817, eventually becoming one of the preeminent sculptors. Despite staying in Rome, his work was widely enjoyed in Great Britain. Gibson was even commissioned to provide a statue of Queen Victoria for the Houses of Parliament. His statue above sold at Christie’s for £638,500 in 2014, more than triple the high estimate of £200,000.

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Anthony writes about luxury asset trends for Borro Private Finance.