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It’s a sporting life for HNW investors

English sporting painting, 20th Century furniture and modern European painting have seen surges in value, according to the Zurich-AMR art and antiques index.

The index, set up by Zurich Financial Services to reflect alternative investment trends among high-net-worth individuals, shows that English sporting painting rose in value by 56 per cent last year. Modern furniture was up by 10 per cent while modern European painting rose by 7 per cent.

But it was a bad year for English watercolours, down by 18 per cent, while old masters and contemporary art fell by 10 and 14 per cent respectively.

The index also offers predictions for longer-term returns on investments such as vintage Bordeaux wine, contemporary Chinese and Indian painting and modern first-edition books.

Zurich Private Clients spokesman Kris Coombes says: “Our forecasts show that 20th Century furniture should continue to be lucrative this year.”

Bonhams spokesman Bruce Addison says: “Whatever period you wish to buy from, doing your homework will pay dividends. A lot of iconic designs have been copied so try and buy something from the original manufacturer.”


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