Alternative Investment News – December 2011



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Alternative Investment News December 2011

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FTSE down, recession returning, rare autographs... up 60% in 12 months

China's wine buyers set 145 world auction records

8.19% pa rise for Muhammad Ali memorabilia

First Superman comic soars 20.99% pa

New world records for Japanese art

Iconic NASA photograph doubles estimate

Houdini memorabilia up 113.5% in three years

Yquem wine priceup 7% in a year

13.94% rise for classic car values in 12 months

India market update

Alternative investment news in the press

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FTSE down, recession returning, rare autographs... up 60% in 12 months

The FTSE 100 posted nine consecutive days of losses in the second half of November - a nine-year record.

The latest OECD predictions indicate that the Eurozone and Britain will return to recession in the first quarter of next year.

Alternative Investment News - ChristmasIn need of glad tidings this Christmas? Photo: andrewr

Never was there a better time to consider the security offered from the historically strong returns of investment-grade collectibles.

They could be the perfect Christmas bonus for your clients' portfolios.

Why not take a look at the profit potential of thePFC40 Autograph Index? The leading autograph, Michael Jackson, rose60% in value during the past 12 months.

Autographs are just one of several alternative investment areas that are currently outperforming the stock markets.

You'll find news of several more contained within your December edition of Alternative Investment News.

China's wine buyers set 145 world auction records

145 world auction records were set at Acker Merrall & Condit's November sale in Hong Kong last month.

A Jeroboam of 1999 DRC Romanee Conti was the auction's standout lot, setting a world record price of $75,077.

The $14.45m accrued was the highest total for a wine sale in 2011, further evidence of China's love of investment-grade bottles. Read more on this historic wine auction.

8.19% pa rise for Muhammad Ali memorabilia

Ali - Alternative Investment NewsMuhammad Ali in his $173,102 shorts

The trunks Muhammad Ali wore in his defeat to Joe Frazier at the Fight of the Century in 1971 sold for $173,102 at SCP Auctions in November.

That figure far surpasses the $57,500 achieved at Christie's in 1997 for a pair of Ali trunksfrom his bout with George Foreman at the Rumble in the Jungle in 1975, representingan 8.19% pa rise in value. Read more on the growing valueof Ali collectibles.

First Superman comic soars 20.99% pa

A copy of the first comic book to feature Superman sold for aworld record $2.16m on November 30.

The value of Action Comics #1 has increased by 20.99% pa since 1997.

That was the year actor Nicolas Cage bought a copy of the 1938 publication (widely presumed to be the one just sold)for $150,000. Read more on the unusual story behind the sale.

New world records for Japanese art

Asian art is big news around the globe at the moment. That's thanks in large part to the growing presence of wealthy Asian investors at the world's auctions.

There were great scenes at Elite Decorative Arts' auction in Florida last month. A 15th century Chinese Ming dynasty porcelain bowl made a mockery of its $400 estimate, selling for $26,000.

We also witnessed a stupendous week of Chinese and Japanese art sales at Bonhamsin London during November.

New world records were set for Japanese inro (traditional Japanese cases consisting of nested boxes) and netsuke (miniature carvings), which both sold for 265,250.Read more on Bonhams' Asian art auction.

Iconic NASA photograph doubles estimate

Alternative Investment News - Apollo XIThe 22,000 image of Buzz

An original NASA catalogued photograph of one of the most famous Apollo XI images sold for 22,000 in November.

The photo of Buzz Aldrin on the moon, taken by Neil Armstrong, had come to auction with a 10,000 estimate.

The sale is further evidence of the great desire amongspace collectors for the best pieces. Signed photos of the Apollo XI crew have grown in value by 6.15% in the past year.

Learn more about the rising demand for space memorabilia.

Houdini memorabilia up 113.5% in three years

Sleight of hand and misdirection: both problems that experienced stock market investors will have come up against before.

But in this case there's no need for concern.

A straightjacket worn by Harry Houdini sold for 30,000 ($46,980) at Christie's in November.

A similar straightjacket used by the great escape artist sold for just $22,000 in 2008. These figures suggest that desire for items connected with one of the 20th century's most famous names is growing at a fast rate. Read more on the Houdini sale.

Yquem wine priceup 7% in a year

Alternative Investment News - Yquem wineSales of Yquem vintage wine are soaring

Hard to pronounce but easy to invest in. Sales of Yquem vintages have spiked dramatically in the past month, according to the wine industry's Liv-Ex index.

More than 0.5m worth of the sweet white wine was sold on Liv-Ex's wine exchange in November. It accounted for more than 7% of all transactions.

The price of Yquem bottles was also up 7% for the end of October when compared with a year previously.

An 1811 bottle sold for 75,000 in July, a world record for a white wine.

13.94% rise for classic car values in 12 months

The HAGI Top 50 Index, the Historic Auto Group's index of the prices of leading classic car marques, rose 5.36% during October when compared with the previous month. It is up 13.94% on a year earlier.

The index currently stands at 138.05, its highest ever rating. It was set at 100 on December 31, 2008. Read more on the latest figures from the HAGI index.

India market update

Alternative Investment News - IndiaIndia's expanding population is turning to alternative forms of investment

Growing population: India will overtake China as the most populous country in the world by 2050, with 1.69bn inhabitants, according to research by the Population Reference Bureau (PRB).

Expanding middle class: India's middle class will grow from 5% of the population to 40% by 2027, research from the McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) shows. Expect demand for alternative investments to rise accordingly.

Stamps: Years of British rule have left India with a strong legacy of stamp collecting and investment; there are an estimated 2m stamp collectors in the country. "A lot of IT professionals and others who are drawing huge salaries are now collecting stamps for investment," G Balakrishna Das, president of South India Philatelists' Association, recently told the Times of India newspaper. Learn more about the profit potential of stamp investment.

Wine: Wine expert Jeannie Cho Lee states that wine consumption will soar if and when India lowers its prohibitive alcohol duty. Lee recently told the Economic Times of India thatinterest in wine is growing due to the "sheer number of people in India who are getting wealthier and who have travelled, and who are not strictly practicing a certain religion and are much more international".

Art: Works by Indian artists remain an untapped alternative investment in their homeland. India's leading contemporary artists accrued 97% of their sales from the US and UK during the first half of 2011, according to Artprice.

When India's art buyers begin to appreciate their country's own talent, expect prices to soar beyond the 223% spike in value we saw for contemporary Indian art between 2006 and 2008. Artists such as Anish Kapoor, Raqib Shaw and Subodh Gupta are currently leading the way.

Alternative investment news in the press

Vintage wine and whisky: The Wall Street Journal's Will Lyons takes a look at 10 of the most collectible wines and whiskies around.

Jewellery: Antique jewellery is doubly attractive to investors, thanks to the steadily growing price of precious metals and the intrinsic value in the most beautiful old pieces. The Financial Times' Simona Stankovska explains more.

"Contrarian collecting": Buying the collectibles other people don't want may seem like a strange investment strategy, yet it can be financially prudent, says theFinancial Times' Georgina Adam.

Past issues of Alternative Investment News

Alternative Investment News - November 2011

Alternative Investment News-October 2011

Alternative Investment News - September 2011

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