THE LUXURY FOCUS
Latest Trends and Expert Tips
Felt cute, might repaint later: An introduction to the original selfies that are Portrait Miniatures
Stemming from the Italian miniatura meaning ‘manuscript illumination or small picture’, portrait miniatures first appeared in European royal courts…
Fine Art Photography: A Guide to Collecting
Fine Art Photography: A Guide to Investing and Collecting Photography is arguably the most democratic art form that exists. People no longer have t…
Stolen copy of Salvator Mundi, Discovered in Naples flat
Stolen copy of Salvator Mundi, Discovered in Naples flat Police in Naples have discovered a stolen 500-year-old copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvato…
How to turn a Ferrari into a lifeboat station
The sale of two rare Ferraris has helped fund the purchase of the new Pwllheli lifeboat house. A 1960 Ferrari 250 GT SWB and a 1967 Ferrari 275 GTB…
Bidding during a pandemic - is online only the new normal?
In the beginning of 2020, most of the world went under lockdown because of the Corona virus outbreak. Galleries and auction houses had to close their…
A Guide to appraising and pawning English antique silver
When it comes to antique silver the first step anyone needs to take, whether appraising or valuing, it is to clean it. It may sound strange, however …
How to Buy It
Expert Tips on Watches
All watch brands with a very few exceptions will depreciate immediately after purchase. There are a few such as the grand complication Patek Philippes which are in such short supply and high demand that they can immmediately be sold for a profit.
Reissued retro - the new cool!
On the 25th December 1969, the mechanical watch became obsolete when Seiko launched their first commercial quartz wrist watch. Nearly 50 years on and that obsolete technology is in remarkably rude health, and new watch launches are stepping back in time.
Cash, Cheque or Rolex..?
Urban legend is that British special forces members travel to remote parts of the world with steel Rolexes as emergency 'tradable community', but a more modern take on the "Rolex as currency" is the practise of buying a sought-after model to take abroad instead of carrying cash.