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Alternative assets. Increasing numbers of investors are turning to them. And it's not hard to see why.

The FTSE100, the backbone of so many investors' portfolios, was down 6% during 2011.

Yet the FTSE was a strong performer compared with its friends on the continent, where exchanges were down between 16% and 18% on the year.

The reasons to hedge your investments with alternative assets are compelling, with the demographics behind the collectibles market supplying particular source for optimism. Learn more here.

Movie memorabilia was a strong performer in 2011, most notably the $5.6m sale of Marilyn Monroe's "subway dress" from The Seven Year Itch.

It had last sold in 1971 for $400. That's a 27% pa rise in value over 40 years.

Yet, it's not just at the record breaking end of the market that profits can be made.

Monroe's autograph has risen 7.82% pa in value since 2000. It is currently listed at £6,750 ($10,600), according to the PFC40 Autograph Index.

Last month a handwritten, signed letter by an 18-year-old Monroe, when she was known as Norma Jeane, sold for $52,500.

We have a superb bank cheque signed by the star currently available for £4,950 (approx. $7,770). 

Marylin Monroe autograph on a bank cheque

It makes for a wonderfully unique piece of Monroe memorabilia and will give your portfolio added diversity, as well as a little star appeal.

As with all our stock items, you will also receive:

· A certificate of authenticity with lifetime moneyback guarantee

· Free insured delivery

· Free storage (if required)

To purchase the item or to discuss other alternative assets, contact us at:

+44 (0) 117 933 9503

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