Watches (pocket and wrist), cars, diamond rings, clocks, stamps, cameras, British coins and Royal Crown Derby are among the top 10 antiques we love to collect. So it seems that time watching is up there with speed and old-fashioned interests such as stamp collecting - as well as wanting a statement for the mantelpiece.
Virtually anything produced for the Queen’s 90th birthday will be of no value
When buying an antique, remember the antiques market works just like investing in the stock market - there are no safe buys, fashions change and markets rise and fall. Take contemporary art which is currently very much in fashion but experts predict not for much longer! For future treasure punts; classic cars, Chinese art, jade, ceramics, bronzes and jewellery are worth a look, says auction portal Barnebys.co.uk. Always buy the best you can afford.
Another good tip for a potential future money-spinner is to invest in items that aren’t in style but are functional so there’s a good chance they’ll become fashionable again, like mahogany furniture.
When it comes to Royal memorabilia, virtually anything produced for the Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday will be of no value other than sentimental.
As with all investments, knowledge is power so research objects in books and online, and scour auctions, vintage and antique shops and car-boot sales. Importantly, buy what you love – just in case it falls out of favour.
Barnebys.co.uk offers a free valuation service and sold prices so you can get an idea of your antique’s value.
The 10 antiques we love to collect
- Watches – Luxury brands particularly Rolex, Cartier and Piaget are sought after.
- Furniture – Valued pieces include English oak from the 15th century, furniture by 18th-century makers Beneman and Sageot, and 19th-century maker, Linke.
- Cars – Retro car enthusiasts collect Ford Capris (£55,000 top price) to 1960s Ferraris (£28m world-record price).
- Jewellery – Interest and prices in white and blue diamonds and natural pearl continue to climb.
- Clocks – Some of the great master clockmakers including Samuel Knibb command premium prices and royal connections add value.
- Stamps – a collecting area many thought was extinct. Research stamp values at stanleygibbons.com
- Motorcycles – Nottingham-based Brough Superior bikes from the Thirties are doing well.
- Royal Crown Derby – Lavishly-decorated pieces including the famous ‘Imari’ design in gold, red and blue are high on patriotic collectors’ lists.
- Coins – 15th, 16th and 17th century European coins lead the way, but there’s also interest in Greek,Roman and early Arab coins. Some American golden dollar coins fetch huge amounts of money.
- Cameras – 1930s Leicas are the ones to look out. Some have sold for $1m (£689,000).
- For more cash in the attic tips, pick up the latest copy of Yours magazine.