Collecting

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‘It’s cooler to hang Lennon’s guitar than a Picasso’: pop culture wins out at auctions
Sales of items from celebrities such as Janet Jackson and K-poppers BTS are trending – and reframing what goes under the hammer

Priya Elan

26, May, 2021 @11:21 AM

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Sole traders: how sneakers became as collectable as art
Sale of Kanye West’s 2008 Grammys pair for $1.8m heralded era of investment grade trainers

Lanre Bakare Arts and culture correspondent

17, May, 2021 @1:57 PM

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All that glisters: flood of fake ancient jewellery dupes buyers
The 3D printer is enabling ever more sophisticated forgeries to be sold as Greek or Roman collectibles

Dalya Alberge

16, May, 2021 @9:00 AM

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I thought I’d quit my trainer addiction – then along came some Yeezy slides
I got an email saying I could enter a raffle where the prize is spending a load of money on something I had not intention of buying previously

Romesh Ranganathan

07, May, 2021 @1:00 PM

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Paul McCartney to be honoured with a set of postage stamps
Eight images from post-Beatles albums and four recording studio shots will adorn Royal Mail stamps on sale later this month

Laura Snapes

06, May, 2021 @11:04 AM

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‘We go after them like pitbulls’ – the art detective who hunts stolen Picassos and lost Matisses
Christopher Marinello has spent three decades finding missing masterpieces, recovering half a billion dollars’ worth of art. He talks about threats from mobsters, tricky negotiations – and bungling thieves

Alex Daniel

05, May, 2021 @11:18 AM

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Darth Vader’s helmet raises charity funds in May the 4th auction
Items collected by the late David Prowse, who played Vader, go under hammer in Bristol

Steven Morris

04, May, 2021 @4:30 PM

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World’s most valuable stamp expected to sell for up $15m in New York
British Guiana One-Cent Magenta was created in 1856 and is currently on display in London

Mark Brown Arts correspondent

28, Apr, 2021 @12:59 PM

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The anti-Marie Kondo: Netflix celebrates the clothes we keep
Worn Stories looks to unravel the tales behind the most treasured items in our wardrobes – but is such meaning and emotion easily conveyed via television?

Claire Marie Healy

31, Mar, 2021 @1:00 PM

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A jpeg for $70m: welcome to the strange world of cryptocurrency art | Sophie Haigney
It may seem like a lot for a digital-only artwork. But in some ways, NFTs are a continuation of collecting as usual, says tech writer Sophie Haigney

Sophie Haigney

17, Mar, 2021 @3:05 PM

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Flying cats and a burning Banksy: why are digital art prices suddenly rocketing?
A Banksy just fetched $382,000 despite going up in smoke, while a cat cartoon bagged twice that. And it’s all thanks to NFTs, an offshoot of crypto currency bitcoin. But is this a bubble about to burst?

Stuart Jeffries

09, Mar, 2021 @6:00 AM

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Grimes sells digital art collection for $6m
‘Non-fungible tokens’ craze sees musician sell video pieces for $7,500 each at short-notice auction

Alex Hern

02, Mar, 2021 @12:39 PM

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