Napoleonic collectibles provide safe-haven security to investors
The popularity of Napoleonic collectibles are testament to the Emperor's enduring legacy
Paul Fraser Collectibles, Thursday 12 January 2012
Napoleonic collectibles. Perhaps not your first thought when asked to consider a safe haven investment. But perhaps they should be.
Most investors have mistakes they look back on that make them cringe. The fad they jumped on. Or the "sure thing", whose shares unexpectedly plummet overnight.
But often these investors come out the better for the experience. Because it is a reminder that when it comes to building a successful portfolio, safe haven investments should play a key role.
It is why increasing numbers of investors are looking to hedge their investments with Napoleonic collectibles. 200 years on, he is a man whose name is instantly recognised around the world, whose achievements are legendary, and whose story will be told for many centuries more.
And as we approach the 200th anniversary of his death, in 2021, interest in Napoleon will only grow.
Investors considering a move into Napoleonic collectibles will be encouraged by recent auction results.
A wine glass thought to have belonged to Napoleon sold for £10,800 ($16,730) in London in June, trebling its £2,000-3,000 estimate.
In November, a solid gold snuff box made for Napoleon sold for £58,850 ($91,705), doubling its £20,000-30,000 valuation.
And then there are Napoleon signed letters, which have shown strong price appreciation in the past decade.
The average value of a Napoleon signed letter increased in value by 14.70% pa between 2000 and 2011, from £995 ($1,545) to £4,500 ($6,990), according to the PFC40 Autograph Index.
Several industry experts view Napoleon signed letters as seriously undervalued, especially when compared with his British contemporary, Lord Nelson, whose signed letters are currently valued at £9,500 ($14,720) by the PFC40 Autograph Index.
Yet an auction late in the year suggests Napoleon may already be catching up. A series of his signed letters each sold for $10,000 at a US December auction, a 43.06% increase on the Index listing of £4,500 ($6,990).
For now, opportunities still remain for investors to buy Napoleon collectibles at highly tempting prices.
Paul Fraser Collectibles has a Napoleon initialled note currently available for £3,950 (approx. $6,050).
Written just five weeks before the Battle of Waterloo in 1815, it offers investors great scope for potential profits, while the pleasure of owning such an historic document is immeasurable.
As with all our items, you will also receive:
· A certificate of authenticity with lifetime moneyback guarantee
· Free insured delivery
· Free storage (if required)
To purchase this superb piece or to discuss other opportunities to invest in Napoleonic collectibles, please contact us at:
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