5 Items People Use for Aesthetics and Long-Term Investments
February 27, 2017 (Investorideas.com Newswire) It's rare in life for a person's passion to become an investment rather than a product of discretionary spending. It's even more rare when that passionate investment doubles as a fascinating talking point within your home décor. The five collectors items below are beautiful, add interest to the interior of a home and can gain value over time.
Historical Documents and Artifacts
Behind every piece of history, there's a story waiting to be told. For history lovers, there's no better way to add intrigue than with historical documents and artifacts. Respected curators like the Raab Collection have historical autographs for sale that are just as beautiful to look at as they are interesting to learn about.
As we move further away from pen and paper, historical documents are gaining in notoriety. The flourish that used to go into the penmanship makes even a simple document something that people stop and look at. Artifacts can come in countless forms, every one just as captivating as the last. Owners never get tired of telling admirers all about the backstory. As time passes these historical items maintain their beauty and continue to increase in value.
Since the automobile was first conceived engineers have pushed the limits of form and function. Car enthusiasts marvel at the body lines and styling. Manufacturers of high-end luxury lines pour countless hours into crafting showroom-ready cars. And the people who end up owning them often put classic cars on display whether it's at home or on loan at a museum.
Classic cars are picking up speed as a passion investment. The vehicles that fall into this category are typically $500,000 or more and feature high design that was cutting edge for the time. Recently, classic cars have sold 10 times more often at auctions compared to artwork, and they've enjoyed a 500% return over the past decade. Some of the most sought-after classic cars are those that had a limited production (500 or fewer units), like the 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO. Long before Ferrari's 70th anniversary, it was high on the wish list of collectors around the world.
Most people will agree that artwork is the most personal type of investment. Even though art is subjective and interpreted differently by each individual, it's also been cultivated and coveted for thousands of years.
Curators at museums turn to private owners to fill their walls while they work on building a permanent collection for public viewing. Throughout the centuries a select number of artists have emerged and gained worldwide notoriety. But no one knows who the next star will be. The rule of thumb with art is to buy something that speaks to you from a professional artist that's passionate about their work.
Books aren't the first thing that comes to mind when a person thinks about investments or home décor, but they can check both boxes. Lining shelves with decorative old books has become so popular there are now businesses that provide books for high-end home libraries.
While you could pay someone to find volumes for you, most collectors enjoy the hunt that goes into finding rare books on their own. People take great pride in amassing a collection of books that can't be found anywhere else. The crown jewels of any collection are first editions of popular novels and any book that's been autographed by a well-known author. Of course, a decorative binding alone can be reason enough to add a book to your assortment of rare finds.
The furniture that fills a home is sometimes there more for looks than function, which is often the case with antique furniture. It's also not uncommon to see pieces that have been so lovingly cared for they're in perfect condition and used on a daily basis. That's often the case when a piece of furniture has been passed down from one generation to the next.
Antique furniture fluctuates at auction. Some years it's in-demand with collectors, decorators and investors clambering for a certain period piece or designer original. That's the beauty that's lost on some. Unlike today's furniture, many antique pieces are handcrafted, one-of-a-kind designs.
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