Marc Allum

Collecting Antiques

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Course Description

This course is a unique opportunity to learn directly from Marc Allum, a leading arts and antiques specialist, author and broadcaster, well-known for his ability for divining unusual and truly special pieces.

On this course Marc will share his secrets in ascertaining the all-important question ‘what’s the next big thing?’ The purchase of art and antiques for investment can be based on a number of different criteria and can work for both the amateur and professional investor. This course is aimed at inspiring and teaching the would-be investor to buy wisely and in a way that shows how a diverse and interesting portfolio of material can behave rather like a well-balanced stock market portfolio.

This course will emphasise some of the necessary skills required to plan around emerging markets, ‘getting in on the ground floor’ with new fields in collecting, following fashion and trends and how to try and avoid the pitfalls too. The course is a not a ‘get rich quick’ scheme. The knowledge to buy across countless different fields is not easily acquired and requires a particular skill-set; however, this is an opportunity to learn from both an experienced consultant and collector who can amply illustrate the benefits of sound purchasing techniques tied in with the idea of knowledge-based calculated risk in a continually changing, captivating and enigmatic market.

This course will aim to arm the student with a number of valuable insights into the processes that surround the sometimes esoteric concept of buying art and antiques for investment. It will also (especially in section one - give you an insight into Marc's philosophy around in investing antiques).  And finally by introducing structural and tangible elements, this advice will bolster confidence and give pointers specifically designed to help deconstruct some of the mysteries of the marketplace.

Key points will include:

• The philosophy of value and understanding art and antiques for investment

• Practical market tips for buying in different situations.

• Identifying the disparities between value and worth, who charges what and where best to spend your time searching for good investments.

• Analysing the frailties and strengths of the market; the pros and cons of riding fashion and collecting fads, and profiting from economic peaks and troughs.

• Anniversary investment planning.

• How to spread your portfolio across a number of mediums to ensure safety in the long term and good overall returns - whatever the market conditions.

• The psychology and nature of becoming a collector/investor rather than a dispassionate accumulator.

• The analysis of art and antiques from an expert’s perspective and the concept of divining objects for their esoteric worth based on historical information, provenance, beauty and craftsmanship. (Not forgetting that some objects are not at all beautiful but are valuable too).

Course outline

  • Knowledge is Key

    Buying a new car can be stressful experience, so imagine that you are aiming to invest money for your future prosperity in an area in which you have little experience – such as art. It’s a daunting prospect. However, why not start from a position of greater security by making sure that the risks you take are significantly reduced. Humans have a propensity to prevaricate and their indecisiveness can be based on a number of factors. Lack of information and knowledge is perhaps foremost. The experience necessary to make good investment decisions is not easily attained – it can take a lifetime - but this lesson will help to provide you with an increased awareness of the variables at play, whilst bolstering your confidence and enabling you to make more intelligently informed, less hazardous decisions.

  • The Anatomy of Art and how to Understand Objects

    This section deals specifically with the idea of analysis and deconstruction - understanding what makes some objects more desirable and therefore more valuable than others. In the first lesson we dealt with the practicalities of finding sources for buying, and how to work and operate in those different areas. Here, we look at the sometimes difficult ideas of how taste, personal opinion, sensitivity and academic skill can significantly alter the perception and value of an object, plus the processes that you can employ to play other people at this fascinating and sometimes profitable game.

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    Develop your learning further with marked assignments and personal tuition from Marc Allum

    • Start course whenever you like
    • 2 weeks tutor access for personalised assignment feedback & coaching
    • 2 assignments marked by Marc Allum
    • Certificate of completion
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 2 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • Group chat & direct message with tutor & classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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  • The Peer option

    Discover the benefits of group learning in an online interactive classroom of no more than 20 people. Get the most from shared knowledge and community study

    • Start course whenever you like
    • Practise what you learn with your peers
    • Online classroom with up to 20 classmates
    • 2 lessons with expert videos & notes
    • 2 course assignments
    • Group chat & direct message classmates
    • Lifetime access to videos, notes & classroom
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Antiques classroom - how it works

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    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors

    Watch video tutorials led by expert tutors
  • Test yourself

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments

    Practice what you learn with inspiring assignments
  • Personal tuition

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors

    Get assignment feedback from expert tutors
  • Share ideas

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

    Collaborate and chat directly to classmates

Meet Marc Allum

Marc Allum - Antiques
Marc Allum is an expert, writer and broadcaster. As a child he just loved collecting ‘stuff’, digging up bottles or buying old postcards. Fast-forward a few decades and he has now written and contributed to over sixteen books on antiques, art and collectables and regularly writes for numerous mainstream magazines. Marc has been a specialist on the BBC Antiques Roadshow since 1998 as well as many other television and radio programmes. Having spent over 16 years as a director of a major London auction house, he is an expert valuer, auctioneer and consultant with a passion and reputation for divining the unusual.

Profile picture from James Bignell Photography.

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