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Rosewin and Alternative Assets
The global shift into alternative assets is gathering pace and shows strong historical gains and valuable diversification from traditional assets. Rosewin Holdings PLC invests in a variety of alternative assets that provide a different kind of portfolio – one that has the security of physical assets with the potential to provide autonomous long-term growth, backing our value as a company.
We invest in alternative assets with strong historical gains against traditional assets. Usually seen as an investment only for wealthy and high net-worth clients, Rosewin Holdings aims to make these items available at an affordable price for everyone. By merging our clients’ money together, we aspire to invest in blue-chip assets that alone none of us could acquire.
The tangible assets market is buoyant. Worldwide art sales reached $63.7 billion in 2017, with da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi setting a staggering new record of $450 million for a single painting. Untitled, a contemporary work by Jean-Michel Basquiat bought at auction 1984 for $19,000, sold at Sotheby’s for $110.5 million, representing an increase of 58,057%. Another exemplar is whisky, which has become a top performer, with Scotch exports reaching a new high of almost $6.2 billion in 2018. Auction sales of rare bottles were up 60% on 2017, totalling $53 million.
"With more readily available data, transparency and liquidity through online growth there has never been a better time to invest in alternative assets."
Advance of Major
2017 saw global art sales improve 12% from the previous year, with the US up 16% to $26.6 billion and China 14% to $13.2 billion. All fine art sectors increased in value; modern art the most by 39% according to UBS. Contemporary art, however, continues to gain momentum. With the long-term trend of increasing wealth worldwide, we see a much wider community becoming interested in investing in fine art.
Rare Whisky Index
Auction prices of the world’s most sought-after Scotch increased by 40% during 2018, with a decade-long rise of 582%. It was truly a record-breaking year, culminating in a 1926 Macallan fetching over £1 million at auction in November. With rapid growth in Asia drastically increasing demand, whisky has emerged as a front runner amongst alternative asset classes and has been included on the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index for the first time in 2019.
Antiques & Collectibles
In this era of mass-production and computer simulation, demand is increasing for items created with care and craftsmanship and which give us a window to the past. This is reflected in the flourishing antiques and collectibles market. In the UK alone, regional auction houses’ (not including Christie’s, Sotheby’s, Phillips, and Bonhams) collective hammer totals rose from £763 million in 2015 to £821 million in 2017, according to ATG. Indeed, over 300 antiques fairs are being held nationwide in 2019. With environmentally-conscious younger consumers increasingly becoming the driving force behind this upward trend, the indication is that this growth is sustainable.
A Growing Demand for Alternative Assets
The worlds collectibles market is diverse. A Rolex Daytona worn by actor Paul Newman sold recently for $17.8 million breaking the record for the most ever expensive watch sold at auction. Drawn by EH Shephard in 1926, a rare sketch of a Winnie-the-Pooh map set a world record, selling for £430,000. Whilst these two sales are in stark contrast to each other they show that opportunities exist in the most unlikely of places. With a wide range of experts and affiliates from all corners of the globe we are constantly seeking out new trends and areas for investment.
Described as one of the earths greatest natural treasures an oval cut 59.6 carat diamond known as the “Pink Star” sold for $71.2 million in Hong Kong, again setting a new world record for any diamond or jewel. It is also no coincidence too, that Sothebys have announced their first all gold auction after increased demand from Russia, Asia and the Middle East for artifacts, sculptures and furniture made of the precious metal. Commodity prices and currency fluctuations are always an important factor in our decision making process and something we will look to take advantage of.
Whilst these are the most exciting examples of sales at the high-end of the market, in other more accessible areas such as art fairs, sales reached $15.5 billion in 2017 up 17% year on year. The global online art market increased 12% in 2017 and is expected to double to $8.37 billion by 2023 according to Hiscox, showing there is a huge and continued growing demand for Fine Art, Antiques and Collectibles across all countries and all price ranges.
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