2010: "A heck of a year"
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2010 has proven two things...
One - the market for high-end and unique collectibles remains detached from the troubled economy. It's flourishing as more collectors chase an ever-diminishing supply of quality items.
Two - the market has truly gone global.
The USA and Europe have historically been the main driving forces behind the collectibles markets; however 2010 has seen high-net-worth individuals from all around the world - including growing regions like China, Russia and the Middle East - enter the market.
Every week in 2010 has seen new world record prices set.
Prices are rising quicker than ever.
We've even witnessed prices doubling in a matter of months as an insatiable desire from China soaks up some of the world's most sought-after items.
The Chinese are buying historical autographs, rare manuscripts, first edition books, rare stamps, coins, art, classic cars and wine.
Virtually all the Lafite 1982 sold in 2010 has been bought by Chinese buyers. They've helped the price increase tenfold from five years ago.
It's all about kudos. About buying "trophy assets".
The level of interest is so high that China is now the world's third-largest auction hub, after New York and London
And it's not just China.
In July we reported that the number of millionaires in India is up 51% in 12 months - and they're investing in art, stamps and even ancient swords.
The interest in collectibles has never been greater.
It makes for a very interesting 2011 and we intend to bring you all the latest news, advice and opinion - free of charge.
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Wishing you a happy and prosperous 2011.
The Team at PFC