Recently completed painting of flamingos

How to Start an Affordable Art Collection

The message over the past few decades has been that the art market is open for business – and that everyone can be a collector. A stunning art collection doesn’t have to be worth millions – art is an intensely personal thing, and affordable art is available for every taste.

Collecting Video Games: A Beginner's Guide

Since being popularised with the 1977 release of the Atari 2600, the market for video games has been steadily growing to the point where it is now one of the most important industries in the world of entertainment, valued at an estimated $75bn worldwide.

Portmeirion pottery red ginger pattern china plate

Portmeirion Pottery - A Guide for Collectors

Started by Susan Williams-Ellis, the Stoke-based company takes its name from the Italian-style village designed by the eccentric architect Sir Clough Williams- Ellis on the coast of North Wales, best known as the setting for the cult 1960s TV series The Prisoner.

British Guiana 1c Magenta Stamp

Top Five Most Expensive Stamps

The first ever adhesive postage stamp was released on 1st May 1840 by Sir Rowland Hill and Henry Cole in the United Kingdom. This stamp, known as the Penny Black, was designed to make postage cheaper and simpler and was a method quickly embraced around the world.

Children's picture book being read

Seven Incredibly Valuable Books for Children

Collecting children's books can be a real joy, but can also bring a lot of frustration. Collecting children's books is not like hunting for fiction or non-fiction for adults because of their former owners. Unfortunately, little readers have no understanding of the term 'mint condition', and many priceless first editions have stains, tears and damage.

Angelina Jolie

Ten Celebrity Collectors

It takes all sorts. Not many link the hobby of collecting with the glamour of celebrity, but lots of famous people are also collectors. Here are ten big celebrities and their very surprising collections! 

comic book collection

Iconic Comic Books Go up for Auction

A range of 175 comic books which show the very first images of Superman, Batman and Flash are set to go up for auction in the US. The rare comic books are being sold by American John Wise who built up the collection over 30 years.