A Guide to Collecting

The collectables market is booming. Luxury specialist Dee Bowman explains just how to start a collection, from paperweights to masterpieces.

Actor Paul Newman, pictured with Formula One racing driver Graham Hill in 1972, is credited with triggering the trend for Rolex collecting in the 1960s. Picture: Getty

Delving into the world of collecting, from the everyday to the extraordinary, what transcends each collection is that they are rooted in something personal, objects of desire that stir our curiosity, captivate, and inspire us. In the pursuit of something extraordinary, we seek out and acquire curios from seashells to gemstones, mid-century furniture to medieval suits of armour. In some cases, they may hold little or no monetary value whilst others are worth millions. The ...