How to value a diamond

November 16, 2017

Diamonds are one of the most sought-after and precious items available, making them extremely valuable. Diamonds are also relatively unique in the sense that, despite making accurate valuations as to their worth, their bespoke desirability can greatly increase their value. So, before you decide to borrow against diamonds, you should first have an idea of…


How to value fine wines

November 10, 2017

David Sonnenthal, director and founder of Mayfair-based pawnbroker New Bond Street Pawnbrokers, discusses the factors that affect the value of a bottle of wine, and how to figure out if your bottle is valuable; a useful thing to know if you want to pawn fine wine. Fine wine is often a favourite of luxury goods…


Paul Newman’s watch breaks two world records: an analysis

November 3, 2017

David Sonnenthal, the founder and director of New Bond Street Pawnbrokers, analyses the landmark sale of the Paul Newman watch. Last month I predicted that the Paul Newman Rolex Daytona would break the world record sale price for a Rolex watch; previously held by the Bao Dai, which sold for $5m earlier this year. I…


LS Lowry Career Retrospective

October 31, 2017

Laurence Stephen Lowry was a Stretford artist, born on 1st November 1887. He died aged 88 on 23rd February 1976, leaving behind an impressive artistic legacy. Lowry is said to have had an unhappy childhood, with a difficult mother, and a well-intentioned but distant father, and the artist distracted himself by studying the surroundings of…


North Korean art trade on the rise in China

October 26, 2017

North Korea wouldn’t necessarily be the first to spring to mind when thinking about the biggest art-producing nations in the world. However, there are now thousands of artists who have located their studios a stone’s throw from the Chinese border and are successfully exporting their pieces into China and around the world. There has been…


Frieze Art Fair 2017: Our Review

October 16, 2017

Once again, the Frieze Art Fair has come and gone. The annual, international, contemporary art fair takes place in Regents Park every October, staged by the publishers of Frieze magazine, Matt Slotover and Amanda Sharp. Now in its 15th year, the Frieze Art Fair has become the jewel of the autumn arts circuit, with over…


A guide to loans against paintings

September 26, 2017

If you own a lot of artwork, you are very asset rich, but you are generally unable to unlock the value of those assets. A solution can be to get loans against paintings you own when you require funds, a service offered at New Bond Street Pawnbrokers. From items of small value to pieces worth…


Top 5 blogs about luxury London

September 24, 2017

London is brimming with vibrancy and luxury. If you enjoy the finer things in life, London has a lot to offer. To keep up with luxury goings-on in the capital, take a look at these five blogs. SilverSpoon London SilverSpoon is a London lifestyle, food and travel blog. It’s run by Angie Silver and she…


How does pawnbroking work?

September 21, 2017

Pawnbroking can be an excellent way to raise some much-needed capital, without having to sell your belongings outright. There are a lot of misconceptions about pawnbrokers and exactly how the process works, but it’s very simple. In essence, you give an item of value to the pawnbroker who lends you money in return. Once your…


Classic Film Poster Auction at Sotheby’s this Summer

August 24, 2017

This summer, Sotheby’s Mayfair will be hosting an inaugural online auction of Original Film Posters Online. With titles spanning throughout the 20th century, this is the perfect opportunity for film fans and poster collectors to pick up some truly standout and unique cinematic pieces. The exhibition is currently on view in Sotheby’s New Bond Street…


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