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Passion Investments

February 7, 2013

Owning a huge sports brand like Manchester United or the New York Yankees might make more economic sense than popular perception suggests, but don’t expect to make much money out of it.

On a freezing night at the end of November, Chelsea was taking on Manchester City in a cup game. After exactly 16 minutes, a round of applause rang around the stadium from the Chelsea fans. For those in the know, it was a sign – a sign of loyalty to the former manager Roberto Di Matteo, a legendary Chelsea player who wore the number 16 shirt and who was recently sacked.

August 23, 2012

Albert Abela made his fortune in airline food. When he died the business was sold, allowing next-gen Marlon to indulge his love of fine dining and art. The restaurant owner talks to NXG about his passions. 

Two things catch your eye in the dining room of Morton’s, the Mayfair private members’ club. One is the trees in Berkeley Square outside, which glow an almost electric green even on a glum day. The other is Howard Hodgkin’s monumental painting As Time Goes By, whose spectacular splodges take up one entire wall.

July 21, 2012

Classic cars are proving to be one of the most resilient of all the passion investing options. CampdenFB asks why.

June 12, 2012

Rich people across the world hold about 10% of their wealth in treasure assets, such as art, antiques and classic cars – with jewellery proving most popular. 

Rich people across the world hold about 10% of their wealth in treasure assets, such as art, antiques and classic cars – with jewellery proving most popular.

That’s the main finding of a study by Barclays Wealth, released 11 June, which said that amid market turmoil, investors are looking for tangible and familiar assets.

June 11, 2012

Prices for the rarest and most prestigious wines have hit record highs. CampdenFB looks at how investors can gain a piece of the action.

It might be tricky, when faced with a bottle of fine wine, to do anything other than open it and pour yourself a glass. But for those who can eschew instant gratification, wine can offer a fantastic investment. Through the stock market turbulence of recent years, fine wine has become a safe haven.

February 26, 2012

Some old movie posters such as Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy are selling for hundreds of thousands of euros. Toby Walne looks at the increasing demand for rare ones.

Vintage movie posters offer far more than a chance to share in a passion for films. The finest early posters are highly collectible works of art that have enjoyed great investment returns in recent years.

The record paid for a movie poster is £397,762 (€481,713) for an art deco advert for the 1927 futuristic film Metropolis directed by Fritz Lang. The sepia-coloured poster stands seven foot tall and provides an image of monumental skyscrapers with the iconic beautiful female robot, Maria, staring out.

January 25, 2012

Gemstones and especially rare colored diamonds have gathered momentum as the most sought after commodity for portfolio diversification and realignment of global wealth and liquidity. Aurora Gems is an investor's portal to this marketplace with expertise and confidentiality

Gemstones and especially rare colored diamonds have gathered momentum as the most sought after commodity for portfolio diversification and realignment of global wealth and liquidity. Aurora Gems is an investor's portal to this marketplace with expertise and confidentiality.

November 21, 2011

Fears of another global recession appear to be doing little to dampen sales at some auctions, with buyers recently flocking to Christie's Geneva to splash out on diamonds, watches and fine wines.

Fears of another global recession appear to be doing little to dampen sales at some auctions, with buyers recently flocking to Christie's Geneva to splash out on diamonds, watches and fine wines.

New world record prices were set at the auction house’s last sale of the year, which took place between 14 November and 16 November.

November 16, 2011

Ever wanted to have dinner with the Dalai Lama? Easy. Or a romantic meal on an iceberg? Simple. If you’ve got the cash, and it’s legal, there’s a whole industry ready and willing to satisfy your every whim. Despite financial turmoil, business is booming for the people known as “lifestyle fixers”.  

Ever wanted to have dinner with the Dalai Lama? Easy. Or a romantic meal on an iceberg? Simple. Want to know where to get your hands on a real-life camel for an Arabian-themed party? No problem. If you’ve got the cash, and it’s legal, there’s a whole industry ready and willing to satisfy your every whim. Despite financial turmoil, business is booming for the people known as “lifestyle fixers”.

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