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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”.

November 15, 2011

If you were one of those who eyed Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich’s 557-foot (170 metre) superyacht Eclipse with envy, then take heart. 

It costs him an absolutely frightening amount of money to run.

If you were one of those who eyed Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich’s 557-foot (170 metre) superyacht Eclipse with envy, then take heart.

It costs him an absolutely frightening amount of money to run. The oligarch is spending at least €1,000 to simply keep the engine ticking over for around 10 minutes, at present prices. If you’d thought that taking care of your multi-million-dollar mansion was arduous enough, then a yacht should probably not be on your shopping list.

November 1, 2011

Legend has it that when the Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont, an early pioneer of powered flight, was getting to grips with aeroplanes back in the early 20th century he rather sensibly decided he needed a timepiece that he could read without taking his hands off the joystick. 

Legend has it that when the Brazilian Alberto Santos-Dumont, an early pioneer of powered flight, was getting to grips with aeroplanes back in the early 20th century he rather sensibly decided he needed a timepiece that he could read without taking his hands off the joystick.

September 27, 2011

There is a definite coming-of-age party atmosphere at the Monaco Yacht Show this year as the most prestigious event in the global yachting calendar celebrates its 21st birthday.

There is a definite coming-of-age party atmosphere at the Monaco Yacht Show this year as the most prestigious event in the global yachting calendar celebrates its 21st birthday.

September 16, 2011

The euro crisis and fears of a double-dip recession in the US and much of Europe have done nothing to upset the sentiment at the top of the global residential property market.

The euro crisis and fears of a double-dip recession in the US and much of Europe have done nothing to upset the sentiment at the top of the global residential property market.

The world’s super rich are still buying luxury properties, or those priced $5 million (€3.62 million) or over, and are mostly paying cash to do so, according to a report released by Christie’s International Real Estate.

August 11, 2011

Properties in Tuscany, Lake Como, Cortina and Porto Cervo continue to attract the world’s wealthy. Italian properties are considered not just a short-term investment, but a long-term lifestyle choice. CampdenFO (CampdenFB's sister publication) takes a look at some of the most prestigious properties currently being sold in Italy in an interactive graphic.

Properties in Tuscany, Lake Como, Cortina and Porto Cervo continue to attract the world’s wealthy. Italian properties are considered not just a short-term investment, but a long-term lifestyle choice. CampdenFO (CampdenFB's sister publication) takes a look at some of the most prestigious properties currently being sold in Italy in an interactive graphic.

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