The secret that turns history into cold hard cash
It's the most important factor when determining a collectible's future value.
Own an item that other collectors want, and which is almost impossible to obtain - and you are as close as it comes to a sure-fire money spinner.
At Paul Fraser Collectibles we recognise that our customers have a vast range of interests and areas of expertise.
Yet most are connected by a fascination with the potential profits offered through investing in rare collectibles.
This weekend sees three historically significant anniversaries take place. And we have three investment-grade items of the utmost rarity connected with them. Items that could bring you substantial profits in years to come.
March 24, 1603: Elizabeth I dies
One of just seven in existence
Coins from the era of "Good Queen Bess" are highly prized, and soaring in value.
A half-pound milled gold coin from her reign sold for £23,000 ($37,800) in May 2011, up 8.56% pa from the £4,700 achieved in 1992.
We have an exceptionally rare example of the Elizabeth I Fine Sovereign Sixth Issue coin, produced between 1583 and 1600.
It is one of just seven known to exist with the overstruck reverse mint mark. Available now for £14,500 ($22,980).
March 24, 1874: Harry Houdini born
Houdini props are up 112.3% in three years
Regarded as the greatest escape artist of all time, collectibles associated with Hungarian born Houdini are a booming market.
A straightjacket worn by Houdini sold for £30,000 ($46,710) - 50% more than its estimated value - at a Christie's auction in November 2011.
This represents a 112.3% rise for Houdini straightjackets in three years - another example sold for $22,000 at an auction in 2008.
We have a superb prop sack, employed by Houdini circa 1915. Priced at just £8,500 ($13,460), it offers great potential for future gains.
March 24 1958: Elvis enters the US Army
Elvis signed photos are up 14.26% pa
Elvis entering the army was one of the most iconic moments in the King's life, and was famously marked by the shearing of his locks (we have the hair from this historic haircut).
Elvis signed photos rose in value from £750 ($1,160) in 2000 to £3,250 ($5,020) last year, at a rate of 14.26% pa, according to the PFC40 Autograph Index.
We have an unpublished and previously unseen polaroid photograph of a shorn Elvis in army fatigues, autographed by the star on the reverse.
It has fascinating provenance. The photograph was acquired by the aunt of a classmate of Elvis' future wife Priscilla Presley, in West Germany, where Elvis was stationed.
We expect the value of Elvis signed photographs to continue to rise over the coming years, especially as we draw close to the 50th anniversary of his passing, in 2027.
I hope you'll agree with me that the investment potential offered by this most diverse of sectors is hugely exciting. Take a look at our entire stock here.
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Collectibles, including, but not limited to, wine, coins, classic cars, art, autographs and postage stamps are not designated investments for the purposes of the Financial Services and Markets Act 2000 (Regulated Activities) Order 2001 and as such are not subject to regulation by the Financial Services Authority (FSA) or otherwise.
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