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Wine overtakes classic cars to top Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index

17 April 2017

Malaysia, 13 April 2017 – Wine has topped the Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index (KFLII), knocking classic cars off pole position into second spot, following strong annual growth in key regions around the world which form the backbone of most investment cellars.   

Data from the latest edition of The Wealth Report has revealed the value of The Knight Frank Fine Wine Icons Index, rose 24% in 2016, dwarfing its more modest 5% growth the previous year. Classic cars increased in value by 9%, falling from 17% growth the previous year. 

Dominic Heaton-Watson, International Project Marketing, Knight Frank Malaysia, comments, “The Wealth Report is an incredibly valuable tool for Knight Frank and our clients. It positions us as the HWNI expert and gives us a genuine insight into wealth attitudes, distribution and the reasons behind the appetite for certain assets other than prime global real estate. The stellar performance of wine last year sets it apart from the other investments of passion in our index. Several other asset classes also produced some record-breakers in 2016, even though their overall performance was relatively muted. Last year saw the sale of the Oppenheimer Blue, a vivid blue 14.62-carat diamond sold by Christie’s Geneva for the equivalent of almost US$51m, making it the most expensive jewel to ever sell at auction.” 

Nick Martin, Founder and Executive Director at Wine Owners – which compiles the Knight Frank Fine Wine Icons Index – explains why investment-grade wine performed so strongly last year: “In 2015 we saw growth of around 8% for the whole of the Bordeaux region, off the back of steep declines in 2012-14 following the bursting of the Chinese-induced Bordeaux bubble in late 2011.

“But 2016 was completely different. The top Bordeaux blue chips drove the entire market, growing 9% to the end of June. Brexit turbo-charged the market due to the devaluation of sterling, feeding more positive sentiment into a market had already been gathering significant momentum. The first growth rose a further18% between June and November 2016, resulting in an annualised performance of over 30%.”

The strong performance of wine could not prevent the KFLII, which tracks the performance of 10 luxury investment sectors, from posting annual growth of just 2% however, its weakest performance since experiencing a 2% drop in 2009.

Despite the KFLII’s lacklustre overall performance several of the asset classes that feature in Index produced record-breaking sales in 2016. Some examples include:  

·         A Ferrari 1957 335 Sport became the most expensive car to go under the hammer ever, in euro terms at least, when it was sold by Artcurial in Paris for €32m. 

·         The Oppenheimer Blue became the most expensive jewel to ever sell at auction

·         A rare stainless steel 1941 Patek Philippe ref. 1518 perpetual calendar chronograph with moon phases broke the record for the most expensive wristwatch sold at auction when it went under the hammer with Phillips Geneva for US$11m

·         Bonhams London sold a 14.13-carat ring for £1.4m in December against a high estimate of £800,000

·         A 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO sold privately is thought to have exceeded the highest sum ever paid at auction last year (US$38m for another 250 GTO sold by Bonhams) for a classic car and was possibly the biggest deal ever struck 

 

Knight Frank Luxury Investment Index (to Q4 2016)*

 

Luxury asset

Price Growth

12-month

10-year

Wine

24%

267%

Cars

 9%

 457%

Coins

 6%

 195%

Watches

4%

 66%

Jewellery

 3%

 147%

Stamps

 1%

 133%

Coloured Diamonds

 0.4%

 111%

Furniture

 -5%

 -31%

Chinese ceramics

 -14%

 6%

Art

-14%

 139%

KFLII

 2%

 171%

Sources: Artmarketresearch.com (Art, Watches, Furniture, Jewellery, Chinese Ceramics); Stanley Gibbons (Stamps, coins); HAGI (Classic cars); Wine Owners (Wine); Fancy Color Research Foundation (Coloured diamonds); The Wealth Report 2017 (Pg 51)

**KFLII is weighted based on the contribution of each component to a nominal portfolio of luxury assets

ENDS

 

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For further information, please contact:

Mr Nicholas Holt, Asia-Pacific Head of Research

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Ms Rachel Loke, Asia-Pacific Head of Marketing, Communications & Digital

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Ms Denise Nah, Asia-Pacific Public Relations & Communications Manager

denise.nah@asia.knightfrank.com +65 6429 3599 @knightfrank

 

Ms Seline Soo, Marketing & Communications Manager, Knight Frank Malaysia

seline.soo@my.knightfrank.com +603 2289 9669 @KnightFrank_my

 

 

Notes to editors 

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