Author Archives: Peter Shakeshaft

Financial Times 16th December reports: Fine wine outperforms UK blue-chip shares and gold in 2017.

The Financial Times ran a feature on Saturday 16th December with an attention -grabbing title “Corking Year for Investors in Fine Wine”. The article commenced with the statement that: “Fine wine investors will be raising their glasses as their returns for the year are set to outperform UK blue-chip shares and gold.” The article compared […]


Latest sale sees a cumulative $23M fine wine haul by Sotheby’s NY in 2017

Sotheby’s launched its ‘Life of Luxury’ series, last weekend with an auction of top Burgundy and Bordeaux wines, raising $2.6million, bringing their total sum raised in fine wine sales in 2017 to $23million. Connor Kriegel, Head of Auction Sales for Sotheby’s Wine New York commented: “We were thrilled to kick off Sotheby’s A Life of Luxury and […]


Rare luxury assets delivering record-breaking returns

Christie’s auction of Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi this week achieved a record sale price of USD$400million, making headline news worldwide Anne Wetheridge of London Fine Art Studios explained, that the extraordinary value was due to Leonardo da Vinci ‘s status as one of the greatest artists of all time and the rarity of the […]


Can you hedge against ‘human stupidity’?

Senior Portfolio Manager at Justin Urquhart Stewart’s Seven Investment Management, Peter Sleep, is quoted in the FT Adviser this week as saying that gold does have a role in portfolios as a hedge against ‘human stupidity’! His argument for this is that gold does hold “its value in times of severe turbulence such as war […]


Can you improve fine wine portfolio performance with the First Growths’ Second Wines?

When planning the strategic composition of your fine wine portfolio and ongoing acquisition strategy you will most likely consider diversifying your holdings around a core of highly liquid, blue-chip Bordeaux First Growths. The performance of the Bordeaux First Growths (Lafite Rothschild, Latour, Mouton Rothschild, Margaux and Haut Brion) is tracked by the Liv-ex Fine Wine […]