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April 3, 2014

Forget attending packed auctions and phone bids, buying a top-end collectible is now just a click away. 

In December of 2012 Edward Hopper’s painting October on Cape Cod (pictured, below right) was sold at auction by Christie’s for $9.6 million (€7.1 million). Nothing unusual about that, you might say. But the buyer wasn’t in the room, and not even on the end of a phone, but watching the auction live through an online stream. That is, so far, the most that anybody has paid for a painting while bidding over the internet.

February 13, 2014

A self-titled foundation established to leave a legacy in the world used to be the prerogative of the very wealthy, but increasingly philanthropists are abandoning their vanities in favour of high-impact spend-out models for their trusts. CampdenFB reports

The study of philanthropy is an imprecise science and there is no formula that can predict why a wealthy individual would decide to give and to which causes, much less why they would decide it’s time to stop.

January 28, 2014

Many single family offices do not have the resources to properly govern the private art collections of their clients, despite some matching those of museums in terms of complexity and scale, according to a new academic paper.

Many single family offices do not have the resources to properly govern the private art collections of their clients, despite some matching those of museums in terms of complexity and scale, according to a new academic paper.

January 22, 2014

An original Apple Mac prototype was the most expensive purchase made through Christie’s online-only auctions in 2013, as the auction house invests in its Internet platform to drive sales.

An original Apple Mac prototype was the most expensive purchase made through Christie’s online-only auctions in 2013, as the auction house invests in its Internet platform to drive sales.

Christie’s, which is part of Francois-Henri Pinault’s holding company, Groupe Artemis, posted sales of £4.54 billion (€5.5 billion) for the year ended December 2013, up 16% on the previous year – the highest sales total for any auction house in the history of the art market.

January 8, 2014

Classic cars have topped a new passion investment index released this week, while when it comes to fine art, traditional Chinese works have provided the most lucrative returns.

Classic cars have topped a new passion investment index released this week, while when it comes to fine art, traditional Chinese works have provided the most lucrative returns.

According to The Coutts Index: Objects of Desire classic cars saw a 257% return on investment over a seven-and-a-half year period, starting in 2005, well ahead of the next most profitable passion investment, classic watches, which saw returns of 176%.

October 17, 2013

This summer big brand artists continued to set records at the major auction houses. But like all passion investments, art occupies a grey area between investment and lifestyle asset, so what role can it play in a family office’s portfolio? 

This summer big brand artists continued to set records at the major auction houses. But like all passion investments, art occupies a grey area between investment and lifestyle asset, so what role can it play in a family office’s portfolio? 

August 20, 2013

In a rare interview, CampdenFB talks to Mishal Kanoo, deputy chairman of one of the Middle East’s top family businesses, the Kanoo Group.

Family life is extremely private in the Gulf. In a way, it is not surprising that people who dress so conservatively, with women shrouded in black and men cloaked in white, should be so guarded in showing a public face. In the same way, family businesses in the Gulf Cooperation Council, which make up the vast majority of the successful corporations there, are curiously reluctant to share their successes with the press. For this reason, the willingness of Mishal Kanoo, deputy chairman of the GCC-based Kanoo Group, to speak to CampdenFB, is all the more remarkable.

July 23, 2013

Admirers of luxury brands such as Gucci and Balenciaga will soon be able to judge the art collection of the family business patriarch behind the French fashion houses.

Admirers of luxury brands such as Gucci and Balenciaga will soon be able to judge the art collection of the family business patriarch behind the French fashion houses.

Francois Pinault, founder of luxury retail holding group Kering, has announced an upcoming exhibition in Paris, where he will display 50 works from his collection, by 22 artists.

Pinault is one of the most prolific art collectors in the world.

May 8, 2013

Record prices being paid for top-end art work and a big increase in insurance cover for them show the asset class is more popular than ever, as demand for tangible investments continues to flourish.

Record prices being paid for top-end art work and a big increase in insurance cover for them show the asset class is more popular than ever, as demand for tangible investments continues to flourish.

Sotheby’s recent sale of impressionist and modern art in New York managed to raise the second-highest amount in the category since the financial crisis began in 2008.

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