Founded in Paris in 1896 by Alfred Van Cleef and his uncle Salomon Arpels, Van Cleef & Arpels is an iconic luxury jewelry, watch and perfume company. The company operates boutiques in some of France’s most elegant and frequented holiday resort areas including Nice, Monte-Carlo and Deauville. Alfred’s daughter Renee and draftsman Rene Lacaze, began successfully driving the artistic direction of the company in 1926 and would continue to do so for the next twenty years. Van Cleef & Arpels has locations worldwide including the Middle East, South East Asia, Switzerland, Great Britain, Germany, Canada and Australia. In the U.S. the company operates boutiques in New York City, Houston, Las Vegas, Beverly Hills and Chicago. Since 1999, Van Cleef & Arpels has been owned by the Richemont group, the world’s second largest luxury goods company. Van Cleef & Arpels’ pieces frequently feature fairies, flowers and animals and have adorned the likes of the Duchess of Windsor, Eva Peron, Elizabeth Taylor and Grace Kelly.
Decide on what you would like to collect by discovering what you’re drawn to. Do you already have a passion for a certain genre of collectibles? Do you keep looking at the same type of items when you ‘play’ on eBay? (be honest, we all play on eBay sometimes)
Research! Learn all you possibly can about your chosen area by Googling articles, watching videos, checking out books from the library and (best of all) visiting locations where you can get to know dealers that share a passion for the type of items you are collecting. As Matt Bevin says, “I would encourage you: be informed because knowledge is power.” Become well-educated about whatever you decide to collect.
Collectors of similar items often know each other. Get to know as many people as you can who collect, buy and trade in the items you collect. Visit shows, antique shops, auctions, swap meets and maybe even consider joining a club or association!
Don’t be impulsive or in a hurry when you are looking for items to fatten up your collection. Do your research and find out if the item is truly a good deal or simply over-priced.
Again, when searching for items to expand your collection, don’t always be so quick to buy. Go for quality, not quantity. Small, quality collections will always increase in value and ultimately be more enjoyable than larger collections with lower-grade pieces.
Baby and care for your collection by utilizing sturdy cases, protective sleeves, bubble wrap, hard-shell covers, stackable containers, etc. to protect your investment! Regularly inspect and carefully clean your collection items to keep them in showroom condition. Think about investing in a safe if you believe it is necessary to adequately secure and protect your precious valuables.
If it’s feasible, display a part of you collection in your home. Your house can become a miniature museum and the impetus of many interesting conversations.
Lastly, just have fun! Encountering and befriending like-minded collectors and dealers is a huge part of the enjoyment of being a collector.
Did you know? They call him “The Flying Tomato” due to his signature red hair. Having become a global sensation, Shaun White has significantly widened the world audience for snowboarding with his unforgettable, stellar Olympic “gold medal” performances. His mom and dad entertained dreams of Shaun (he was named after pro surfer Shaun Tomson) becoming a world renowned surfer, but that was not to be. Shaun started skateboarding and snowboarding at the age of six. By the time he reached the ripe ole’ age of 7, he already had a sponsorship and the attention of legendary skateboarder, Tony Hawk! Shaun has snagged 3 Olympic gold medals (first time ever for a snowboarder), 18 X Games medals, 10 ESPY awards and 10 U.S. Open medals! Shaun’s net worth ranges somewhere between $20 and $40 million due mostly to dozens of ongoing, lucrative endorsement deals with several global and niche corporations.
The residents of Charleston, South Carolina refer to him as the “unofficial mayor” of their beloved coastal town. He is the proud father of six sons. Hunter S. Thompson almost drowned him! Rumor has it that he’s worth a cool $140 million, though he probably couldn’t care less! Instead of dealing with bothersome Hollywood agents, this mythical man utilizes an automated 800 number and monitors it (occasionally) for movie and other job offers. Yeah, we are talkin’ here about Bill ‘fuckin’ Murray! We all, and I do mean all, know and love this guy who has given us unforgettable, side-splitting performances in comedy classics such as Caddyshack, Meatballs, Kingpin, Where the Buffalo Roam, Ghostbusters, Groundhog Day, Stripes, What About Bob and most recently, American film director and producer Jim Jarmusch’s, The Dead Don’t Die. Wild Bill Murray got his start on Saturday Night Live which led to his first Emmy Award and believe me, the 68 year-old superstar has shown no signs of slowing down anytime soon. One of mischievous Bill’s favorite things to do is to drop in unannounced on regular folk’s get togethers like weddings, parties and even an occasional bar mitzvah! Bill has four residences, but spends most of his time in his Charleston, SC home.
Did you know? Jeff Koons started making and selling art at the age of eight. His childhood hero was Spanish surrealist Salvador Dali. Today, Jeff is recognized as one of the highest paid living artists of all time! He is known for working with pop culture subjects as well as objects such as balloon animals which are produced in stainless steel with mirror-finish surfaces. In May of this year, the 64 year-old American contemporary pop artist’s work, Rabbit, commanded the highest price ever paid for a piece by a living artist. Rabbit, a shiny stainless steel sculpture inspired by a child’s inflatable toy, fetched a whopping $91 million at auction! He currently operates a 16,000 square foot factory near the Hudson rail yards in Chelsea, a borough of Manhattan in New York City. Jeff regularly works with 90 to 120 assistants in the production of his highly sought after, quirky, eye-popping masterpieces. His works include outlandish pieces such as Violet Ice (Kama Sutra), Banality, Puppy, Tulips, Pink Panther, Play-Doh, Michael Jackson and Bubbles and Balloon Dog. The artist is often referred to by critics as the “King of Kitsch”, but is surely laughing at his naysayers all the way to the bank. His current estimated net worth is in excess of $200 million!
Did you know? The original idea and design, for what was to become the G.I. Joe craze that swept the country beginning in 1964, was created in 1963 by Stan Weston, a Manhattan licensing agent, and passed on to Hasbro executive Donald Levine who purchased the rights for a mere $100,000! It was originally assumed that boys would never play with dolls and parents would never buy their sons dolls so the word “doll” was purposely avoided in the developing and marketing process. Dolls for boys became “action figures” overnight. Before the universal name G.I. Joe was adopted, the original prototypes for Joe were named Rocky (marine/soldier), Skip (sailor) and Ace (pilot). The initial line released in 1964 consisted of representatives of four of the branches of the U.S. armed forces (Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps) and later on, the Action Nurse. Since the original Joe hit the market in 1964, the fervor has not let up! Since his release, Joe has continued to evolve and find new homes in comics, films, television, books, video games and so much more! A hand-carved G.I. Joe original prototype fetched a whopping $200,000 in a 2008 auction held at Comic-Con in San Diego! The prototype was the most valuable action figure ever sold.
The prestigious Swiss luxury watch company, Patek Philippe (pronounced pa-tek • fee-leep), saw its beginnings in 1839 in Geneva with the partnership of watchmaker Antoni Patek and Franciszek Czapek. As a result of ongoing disagreements, the two separated and the company was dissolved in 1845. Patek joined forces with watchmaker Adrien Philippe and in 1851 the two became Patek, Philippe & Cie (Company). Patek Philippe, in 1868, designed the first Swiss wristwatch. The Countess Koscowicz of Hungary was the recipient of that historic timepiece. Since 1932, Patek Phillipe has been owned by the Swiss Stern family. Its current president, Thierry Stern, proudly proclaims to the world that in order to guarantee high quality and exclusivity, Patek Philippe purposely limits the number of products manufactured yearly by only 1-3 percent per year! In a list of the top ten most expensive watches ever sold at auction as of 2018, seven are Patek Philippes. The most expensive watch ever sold at auction worldwide is the Patek Phillipe Henry Graves Supercomplication. It sold in Geneva for a record-setting $24 million in 2014 at Sotheby’s Geneva Auction! Notable Patek Philippe timepiece owners have included Leo Tolstoy, Pope Pius lX, Albert Einstein, John F. Kennedy, Pablo Picasso, Nelson Mandela, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth ll. FYI: The production of a single watch movement’s components at Patek Philippe involves 1,200 to 1,500 individual steps and 1,035 employees are involved in the production of 1 timepiece! As their company slogans states: “You never actually own a Patek Philippe. You merely look after it for the next generation.”
Born Demetria Devonne Lovato in Albuquerque, New Mexico on August 20, 1992, Demi is a popular American singer, songwriter and actress. She began her career as a child star on the television series Barney & Friends. Her work in the television film Camp Rock as well as its sequel Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam are considered her breakthrough roles. She has released six studio albums, two extended plays (EPs) and thirty-three singles most of which have spent time in top spots on the Billboard 200. Her debut studio album, Don’t Forget was certified gold for U.S. sales of over 500,000 copies! She has won several awards including an ALMA Award, 13 Teen Choice Awards, five People’s Choice Awards and an MTV Video Music Award. Demi cited Christina Aguilera and Kelly Clarkson as her biggest career influences. Her latest album, Tell Me You Love Me, released in 2017 has been certified platinum in the U.S., becoming Demi’s first album to reach this level! Outside of her film and music life, Demi loves volleyball, surfing and her little black puppy, Batman!
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