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Antiques

  • Antiques Can Mean New Life For Your Portfolio Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 9:49 AM ET
    This silver coffee pot is one of three Paul Revere pieces made prior to the American Revolution. The phrase “Frangas non flectes” (“Broken, not bowed”) is inscribed on the base of the pot.

    Though the recession took a toll on antique prices and trading volume is down, rare, high-quality items have held their own.  “While you still may be able to get a few deals on some good pieces, the period of time where you can get cheap antiques is coming to a close,” says one dealer.

  • Hunting Season Arrives for Antique Weapons Collectors Thursday, 15 Dec 2011 | 12:14 PM ET
    Gold and silver embellished flintlocks made by Napoleon’s gunsmith, Nicholas-Noël Boutet. Auctioneer James D. Julia of Fairfield, Maine sold the pricey pistols for $132,250 during his annual spring firearms auction in 2010. The auction grossed $8.5 million.

    Antique weapons, once indispensable tools for self-preservation, have become lucrative vehicles for wealth preservation. And one needn’t pay an emperor’s ransom to buy in.

  • Sitting On a Small Fortune Thursday, 8 Dec 2011 | 9:02 AM ET

    Even as the tech crash has cooled many investment markets, the trade in modern furniture rolls on, helped by interest from celebrities and wealthy Silicon Valley professionals.

  • Art Deco Jewelry: Cool Design, Hot Investment Monday, 18 Oct 2010 | 9:57 AM ET

    Art Deco is a style of fine jewelry whose worth remains solid whether or not the economy is dipping or climbing. Naturally, its prices rise when times are flush.

  • Enlightened: Tiffany Lamp Auction Monday, 15 Nov 2010 | 8:28 AM ET
    When is a lamp worth a fortune? When it’s made by Tiffany Studios. The design studio, started by Louis Comfort Tiffany in the 1880s, made colorful glass-leaded lamps until the 1930s, but it wasn't until the 1960s that the value of a Tiffany lamp increased tremendously as collectors bought up the fragile lamps that managed to survive in one piece. If you're looking to start a collection or cash in on a family heirloom, experts say that those that feature a floral design are a solid investment, as

    When is a lamp worth a fortune? When it’s made by Tiffany Studios. Check out other pricey Tiffany lamps up for auction at Christie's on December 10.

  • Investing in History: Antiques Friday, 15 Oct 2010 | 9:47 AM ET
    Porcelain figurines, palace furniture and royal pianos are just a few examples of the antiques that make investing in the past profitable. Click ahead to see some of the most valuable antique assets.

    Porcelain figurines, palace furniture and royal pianos are just a few examples of the antiques that make investing in the past profitable. Click to learn more.

  • Chinese Vase

    A prominent expert on Chinese works of art has expressed doubts as to the authenticity of an antique Chinese vase sold last month at a London auction for 51.6 million pounds ($83.2 million)—an auction record for Chinese works of art.

  • Islamic Art: More Than Religious Artifacts Thursday, 19 Jan 2012 | 10:35 AM ET
    Islamic Art

    It's a vast, valuable and diverse category of art , and taking a narrow religious view could hurt you as an investor.

About Antiques

  • Whether from a place long ago and far away or more recent but from the bottom of the sea, these objects are a piece of history and civilization.