Collectibles of the future

8 February 2008 at 12:19 pm Leave a comment

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Trevor Harvey writes:

Which collectibles will be worth something in 2030? The Times this week asked some experts what they’d spend £100 (or less) on in 2008 in the hope of a return in 20 years time. The answers varied from an Anya Hindmarch ‘not a plastic bag‘ to celebrity autographs to David Linley pencils to mousemats (on the assumption that they’ll be as old-fashioned as antimacassars by 2030, so will be a social history of our times), to advice to hunt out a craft objet. Of course, such exercises say as much about the present as they do about the future. What I learned from this was that the experts think that celebrity culture will still be alive, and booming, in 2030, and we’ll still be chasing after ‘stuff’. It’s possible that this won’t be the case. What if evidence of ideas are more valuable instead – notes or drawings or sketches? Or if our interest in fame has moved beyond the circle of royalty, entertainment and sport?

And since collectors like their collectibles as mint-condition as possible, better not use any of this stuff. The advice on the Anya Hindmarch bag is to wrap it carefully and put it away somewhere safe. And keep on using the plastic bags, no doubt.

Image source: www.davidlinley.com

Entry filed under: consumers, design.

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