Alternative Investment News - January 2012

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Alternative Investment News - January 2012

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Global art prices up 10.2% in 2011

16.3% pa rise for America's first gold coin

Apollo 13 memorabilia soars 119.37% pa since 2009

Single malt whisky world record price up 57.7%

Lalanne's woolly sculptures up 319.6% since May 2011

British car postage stamps up 999% on original value

14.72% pa rise for Elizabeth Taylor pearl

Classic car values up 16.34% in 11 months

Russia market update

Alternative investment news in the press

Past issues of Alternative Investment News

About Paul Fraser Collectibles


Global art prices up 10.2% in 2011

The stock markets offered little joy in 2011.

The S&P 500? Down 0.64%.

The FTSE All-Share? Down 8.37%.

Yet for art investors, 2011 was a buoyant time. The Mei Moses World All Art Index, which tracks Christie's and Sotheby's art auctions worldwide, noted a 10.2% rise in prices during 2011.

It follows the 16.6% growth the index enjoyed in 2010.

Mei MosesSource: Mei Moses

And digging deeper, the index makes for some especially encouraging reading:

World auctions of traditional Chinese works of art: up 20.6%

New York auctions of Latin American art: up 16.0%

World auctions of Impressionist and Modern art: up 14.0%

New York auctions of Americanart: up 13.0%

Art is one of several alternative investment areas that can offer profitable and enjoyable diversity to portfolios. Discover more here.

16.3% pa rise for America's first gold coin

A Brasher Doubloon, the first US gold coin, sold for $7.39m at aUS sale in December.

One of only seven Brasher Doubloons, and the only featuring its maker's initials on the eagle's chest, the 1787 coin had previously sold at a US auction in 2005 for $2.99m. That's a compound annual growth rate of 16.3%.

Find out moreabout this historic sale.

Apollo 13 memorabilia soars 119.37% pa since 2009

Apollo 13 checklistThe calculations that got Apollo 13 home

A checklist integral to the safe return ofthe Apollo 13 astronautsfrom their near-disastrous 1970 mission sold for $388,375 at a US auction last month.

The Apollo 13 crew employed the checklist to make the calculations that broughttheir damaged spacecraft back to Earth.

The sale breaks the previous record for a piece of Apollo 13 memorabilia, set by the space-flown identification plate from the lunar module, which sold for $47,800atauction in April 2009. Read more about the latestsale here.


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+30.19% in 2011 World record $2.9m paid for a single item * * * * * Single malt whisky world record price up 57.7%

A 55-year-old Glenfiddich whisky sold for a world record 46,850 at Bonhams in December.

The previous world record for a bottle of single malt whiskyat auction was 29,700. Learn more about the Glenfiddich auction.

Lalanne's woolly sculptures up 319.6% since May 2011

Franois-Xavier Lalanne's 'Mouton de Pierre' sold for $7.47m at Christie's last month, setting a new record for the French sculptor.

The herd of bronze sheep comfortably beat the $1.78m achieved for his similar 'Moutons de Laine' in May, suggesting demand for Lalanne's animal works is soaring. Read more on Christie's art auction.

British car postage stamps up 999% on original value

Car stamp errorThis sheet of error stamps made 10,925 last month

A sheet of British error stamps from 1982 has reminded investors of the opportunitiesoffered bycontemporary stamps.

The sheet of 20 1982 British Motor Cars 19p postage stamps, featuring a previously-unknown "double grey" printing error, sold for 10,925 at astamp auction last month.

That's a mark-up of 999% on the original price of the sheet. Discover more about the auction here.

14.72% pa rise for Elizabeth Taylor pearl

A necklace once owned by actress Elizabeth Taylor, featuring the renowned La Peregrina pearl, sold for $11.82m at Christie's in December.

Richard Burton famously purchased the pearl at auction in 1969 for $37,000, after successfully outbidding a member of the Spanish Royal family.

The $11.82m figure set a new world auction record for a pearl jewel and was the highlight of several Taylor jewellery pieces auctioned by Christie's last month. Learn more about the pearl and the auction.

Classic car values up 16.34% in 11 months

The HAGI Top 50 Index, the Historic Auto Group's index of the prices of leading classic car marques, rose by 16.34% in the 11 months to the end of November.

The index was up 2.11% on a month earlier, with Porsche posting the strongest figures: up 3.05% compared with October.

Russia market update

Faberge eggFaberg eggs. The ultimate Russian status symbol?

Expanding middle class: Russia's middle class is expected to grow from 20% of the population to 40% by 2020, according to figures from the country's Centre for Strategic Research. The middle classes provide the majority of collectors. Expect demand for collectibles to rise accordingly.

Growing wealth: Since the end of Communism in 1991, the wealthiest 20% of the country's inhabitants have seen their income double, reports the BBC. With more money to spend, increasing numbers of wealthy Russians are turning to alternative investments.

Art: Russian buyers have traditionally focused on 19th century works, although contemporary pieces are also beginning to attract interest. Russian buyers love works from their homeland. "99% of the buyers in London this week will be Russian," a Sotheby's spokesperson told the First Post website ahead of a recent Russian art sale at the auction house.

Photography: A $400m photography fund opened in Russia in April. It is the first major collectibles fund in the country and contains more than 295,000 original prints, worth around $467m.

Faberg eggs: Produced by Russian jeweller House of Faberg between 1885 and 1917, a Faberg egg is the pinnacle of collecting for many Russians. The Faberg Rothschild Egg, made in 1902, sold to the director of the Russian National Museum, Alexander Ivanov, for a world record $18.49m at Christie's in 2007.

Alternative investment news in the press

Art: The top end of the art market in the US is in excellent health, reports the Miami Herald.

Music: The UK's Daily Telegraph newspaper reveals the 50 most collectible records around.

Wine: China has plenty of room for growth in the high-end wine sector, reports China Daily.

Past issues of Alternative Investment News

Alternative Investment News -December 2011

Alternative Investment News - November 2011

Alternative Investment News-October 2011

Alternative Investment News - September 2011

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