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Iconic and collectible – Hermes Birkin and Kelly bags Originally associated with royalty and celebrities, the legendary Birkin and Kelly bags by Hermes are now sought after by fashionistas and collectors alike. Whether it’s for their enduring elegance, for their value as an investment, or a canny combination of the two, these handbags are increasingly […]
Yves Saint Laurent and Morocco Morocco — and the city of Marrakesh in particular — was a regular retreat for Yves Saint Laurent for many decades. With its vivid colours and strong light, Marrakesh became a rich source of inspiration for the iconic fashion designer, while his legacy to the city lives on in his […]
Return to Memphis Polarising critics when they burst onto the design scene in 1981 with their first show at the Milan furniture fair, the Memphis Group’s designs have retained all the busy, eclectic exuberance of the postmodern ‘80s. Having slipped under the radar of all but a few collectors for years, their work is now […]
How Vandalism Helps Art A look at some of the most sensational attacks on works of art, and why they may cause damage but do nothing to harm its status or value. On 17 July 1914, suffragette Anne Hunt walked into the National Portrait Gallery with a plan in mind and a butcher’s cleaver hidden […]
From fairy tales to Greek plays, some of the world’s most famous artists have lent their talent to literary special editions. We take a look inside five unexpected, charming and sought-after collaborations.
On the 100th anniversary of the Dada Manifesto, we dig into the driving forces behind the turbulent and untameable ‘anti-art’ movement
When you’re looking to buy or sell a luxury item, such as a piece of art, a fine watch, or a precious stone, there are a number of factors that can affect its value. These could include the prestige of the person who created it, its age, whether it is unique or not, and the condition it is currently in, as well as many more. One key factor in an item’s value is its provenance, but exactly is it, why is it important?